Why are we all so busy? So frequently exhausted? This common 21st century complaint affects the church no less than everyone else. What, then, has happened to 'the peace of God which passes all understanding'? And how might it be different? The answer to the tyranny of 'busy-ness' is not necessarily to 'do' less but to be aware of God's calling in the busyness. Spiritual life is not an 'add-on', causing more guilt and pressure, but part of everyday life. If each of us is following our God given vocation, says the author, we will find God in the midst of it all. 'The aim of the book is to help men and women (married and single, employed and not employed, clergy and lay) together to engage critically with our culture so as to find God's priorities for every aspect of our lives and find ways of seeking him in the everyday.' The author writes with theological integrity and plenty of humour, not forgetting the need for practical guidelines.
The Revd Dr Emma Ineson has taught at Birmingham University and has published articles in both Christianity magazine and Third Way. Her PhD was a study of power and authority in the language of worship. She speaks and leads worship at a variety of events around the country. She has now moved from Lee Abbey with her family to Bristol.
Introduction; 1. Having it all; 2. Having time: a theology of busyness; 3. Occupation: work as blessing not burden; 4. Spirituality and busyness; 5. Busy building the Kingdom; 6. Relationships on the go; 7. Having a little rest: leisure, home and hospitality; 8. Making choices for the hard times; 9. 'I have come that you may have life' - what does Jesus mean?