Friday, January 16, 2015

The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett

Barnett wants us to seize our life, one half hour at a time. He writes that the power of a half hour can make a difference in these areas: impact, purpose and goals, faith, character, dreams, relationships, and advancing God's kingdom.

It's true,” he writes, “you can turn your life – or someone else's – around in thirty minutes.” He explains why time matters and the significance of even a small amount of time. He suggests what we can do in a half hour to increase our faith, develop our character, better our relationships, etc.

It is important for potential readers to understand that this is not a time management book. Most of the book consists of stories Barnett tells of what happened because of a half hour. Most of the stories are his own but he does include some experiences of others. Barnett does have a great deal of useful information on how we can use small amounts of time to change our life. The emphasis is definitely on effectively and consistently using small amounts of time. For example, he suggests that if one does not feel he has time to read this book, trying doing so in half hour increments.

The last quarter of the book contains 30 Personal Action Plans. Half Hour Principles for each chapter are given, then an inspiration from Barnett, and finally a few steps to take in a half hour period. After that is a seven session Small Group Discussion Guide.

Food for thought:
Thirty minutes alone with God will change your life.”

Tommy Barnett is the senior pastor of Phoenix First Assembly of God in Phoenix, Arizona. Before moving to Phoenix, he pastored Westside Assembly of God in Davenport, Iowa. In just a few years, the church grew from seventy-six people to more than four thousand. Tommy Barnett and his son Matthew co-pastor the Los Angeles Dream Center, an inner city outreach. Nearly two hundred Dream Centers have been developed around the world. Barnett is a popular conference and evangelistic speaker and has authored several books.

WaterBrook Press, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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