Thursday, March 8, 2012

How I Read It: Margin

A few thoughts and points from Margin by Richard Swenson.

Quotable: Most of this book is quotable, but I'll try to pick a few highlights:
"Our relationships are being starved to death by velocity."
"It is God the Creator who made limits, and it is the same God who placed them within us for our protection. We exceed them at our peril."
"All margins- in emotional energy, in physical energy, in time, and especially in finances... ought first to honor God.  All margins ought to be made available to the purposes of his kingdom."
"Always speak the truth and you'll never be concerned with your memory."

What I Liked:  The concept of Margin.  The idea that all of us need space in our lives.  We need extra padding in our time, finances, emotions, and physical energy.  (See the second quote above.)

What I Liked II:  Swenson gave us permission to have Margin in our lives.  You don't need to feel guilty spending a night (or multiple nights) at home with your family just enjoying life.  It's okay to take a Sabbath.  It's okay to say No.

What I Didn't Like:  I honestly didn't come across much that I didn't like.  This book was great.  If you're reading this, you most likely have access to the internet, which means you most likely live in America or another western nation, which means that you most likely should read this book.

What I Liked III:  The book ended with a call to Contentment, Simplicity, Balance, and Rest.  I would call you, the reader, to those things as well.  I don't know anyone who could not benefit from being more content, living more simply, holding all of life in balance, and having more rest.

What I Liked IV:  Just kidding, but I need to stop reviewing this book before this post gets longer than it already is!

2012 Personal Impact Ranking
1. Margin by Richard Swenson
2. Revolution in World Missions by KP Yohannan*

*I own this book and you're welcome to borrow it.  Just ask.

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