My Morning Routine: reflections on reading this book

Benjamin Spall & Michael Xander, My Morning Routine London: Portfolio Penguin, 2018 This is a fascinating and easy-to-read book which has caused me to reflect carefully on what I do in the mornings. In the last few months I’ve been working with Michael Hyatt’s ideas on ordering your life so that you achieve the things you believe to be important to achieve, and one of his themes is about structuring your morning routine (he calls it ‘morning ritual’) so that you make a good start to Continue reading →

Reflecting on Rest

I’ve recently read the very thought-provoking and helpful book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (Penguin, 2016). Pang is building on much work that’s recently shown that, beyond 40-50 hours, we become less productive during the time we work. It’s not just that we are less productive in the extra hours—we’re actually less productive in (e.g.) 60 hours than we would have been in 40 hours. This is a timely argument in the midst of a crazy-busy lifestyle for Continue reading →

(pre-)Order this book and get some good extras!

  My friend Kristen Padilla has written a valuable short book for young women considering a call to Christian ministry, and it’s published soon (12 June). I’ll write a longer review when it’s published—but suffice for now to say that I think it’s a clear, well-written and very helpful book, full of practical wisdom and sound biblically-based teaching. If you pre-order the book, you can get some specials in advance—a study guide for the book, and a pdf of the introduction to the book. You Continue reading →

Two helpful recent productivity and writing posts

  Here are two recent posts which I’m finding helpful. The first is from patter (Professor Pat Thomson) about a new collection of short essays critiquing bad ideas about writing (which mostly seem to be US-based and derive from Strunk and White’s key book). Her summary is both clear and helpful (and a model of how to do so), and there is also a link to the book, which is freely available in digital format. The other is from the Nozbe team, and gives seven Continue reading →

It’s here! A new book on Acts, masculinity and politics

I’m delighted to say that my editor’s copy of this book popped through the door this week. It’s a fascinating collection of essays looking at the Book of Acts through the lenses of masculinity and ancient politics. The papers and responses were presented at meetings of the SBL Book of Acts section in 2014 and 2015, and they are very thoughtful, wide-ranging and stimulating to read. The authors are an international collection of scholars with considerable expertise in both Acts and the major themes of the Continue reading →