09 September 2015

Tranquility: Cultivating a Quiet Soul in a Busy World by David W. Henderson

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What if “How do I fit it all in? is the wrong question?

We try to cram as much as possible into what little time we have – work, friends, play, rest – but there never seems to be enough time. Taking a cue from Ecclesiastes – "Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind" – David W. Henderson encourages us to move beyond merely trying to open up a bit of margin or to say no once in a while, and to take a purposeful step back from our lives to examine those internal and external dynamics that propel us into busyness and hurry. Sharing honest stories about his own struggles, he helps us explore the way the Scriptures frame time – understanding our times, making the most of the time, and trusting God with the rest.

If you're tired of feeling the push and pull of our time-bent culture, this book will be a welcome invitation to rest and to live artful and faithful lives marked by peace and tranquility.

These days, it’s all too easy to stay busy with a never-ending to-do list without allowing for time to slow down and rest. David W. Henderson, in his book Tranquility: Cultivating a Quiet Soul in a Busy World, encourages readers to reflect on the idea of time, how to use it well and keep focus on God. With a valuable use of Scripture amid ideas both relevant and applicable, this book is an entirely beneficial read, and I’m glad to have read it. It’s worth it.

Thanks to Baker Book Bloggers, I received a copy of Tranquility and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
David W. Henderson (DMin, MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Covenant Church (EPC) in Indiana. He is the author of Culture Shift and has ministered in more than a dozen countries around the world. Married for more than thirty years, he and his wife, Sharon, have four adult children.

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