Busy Living: Blessing not Burden

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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'? What is it in our culture which makes it so difficult to find God even, sometimes, in the church? And how might it be different? Authors Mat and Emma Ineson address these questions with an urgency that comes from their own experience as busy Christian professionals and parents of young children. They are Chaplains at Lee Abbey, a Christian holiday and retreat centre in the North Devon coast run by a community of 100 people from 20 different nationalities. They job share the Chaplaincy and the care of their young children, having also shared their first curacy, the first couple in the Sheffield Diocese to do so. 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, say the authors, we will find God in the midst of it all. Increased partnership and better communication between the sexes could be the key to unravelling the stress. '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 authors write with theological integrity and plenty of humour, not forgetting the need for practical guidelines and exercises which can be followed by either individuals or church groups.

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The Revd Dr Emma Ineson has taught at Birmingham University and has published articles in both Christianity magazine and Anvil. 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 edited and contributed to a book, 'Celebrating Community', published by DLT in 2006. She has now moved from Lee Abbey with her family to Bristol.

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"Ineson writes with a light touch. Scripture, experience and precept are woven together, and her pesonal examples give both flesh and humour to the book. It's an attractively presented book." (CPAS)

"Emma Ineson writes for those who want to make better sense of living life to the full, as Jesus intended. In a world where people often complain of being too busy, this book points them in a Godly direction regarding the activities and options before them."Baptist Times (Baptist Times)

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"An engaging and exhaustive book" (Graham Turner Christian Marketplace)

"Emma Ineson's book is a book for the girls ... [It] will prove cathartic and thought-provoking reading for any Christian woman."Ruth Ward, Church Times, Friday 7th March 2008.

"Ineson writes with a light touch. Scripture, experience and precept are woven together, and her pesonal examples give both flesh and humour to the book. It's an attractively presented book." (Sanford Lakoff)

"An engaging and exhaustive book" (Sanford Lakoff Christian Marketplace)

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