The Common Rule is both visionary and practical Most of his rule I want to implement or at least experiment with A ew that I already do but can make better and a couple I ve committed to in the past but have gotten away rom I am also left wondering what set of rules I would come up with if I was starting rom scratch In the opening of part one of the Common Rule Justin Whitmel Earley describes a rule as a set of habits you commit to in Order To Grow In to grow in love of God and neighbor What are those habits he recommends to achieve that goal Here is the list of 4 daily and 4 weekly habits he puts orthThe our daily habits
Are1 Kneeling Prayer At Morning Midday And Kneeling prayer at morning midday and One meal with others3 One hour with phone off4 Scripture before phoneThe our weekly habits are1 One hour of conversation with a Natural Blonde friend2 Curate media toour hours3 Fast rom something or 24 hours4 SabbathThe book is ull of practical advice easy to read non preachy and inspirational It is written by a Christian and geared towards Christians but I believe these habits the author is advocating can be applied by ollowers of any religion and spiritual seekers I am stressed out when I begin my day scrolling Twitter it does nothing but heighten my anxiety with its barrage of awful news As I was reading the book I started applying some of its principles to my consumption of media It gave me a lot of Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda foodor thought and brought me a new kind of awareness The epilogue of the book is On Failure and Beauty and it was one of my avorites ull of such inspirational gems Whitley asks us When we trip on ailure do we all into ourselves Or do we If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song fall into grace He continues Failure is the path beauty is the destination In another section he says Any process of curating a beautiful life will be laced withailure That s what process means learning as you go But that s not an impediment to a beautiful life it s the way to it Many readers who have encountered Earley s website may wonder why they need to read the book The Common Rule when the information is available online Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford forree There are several reasons this book by Justin Whitmel Earley is an important investment I personally Ready for Summer found that the website provides just the basic what of Earley s habits However his book does a marvelous job ofleshing out the why behind the daily and weekly habits as well as how to incorporate the habits into your life The chapter on each habit provides some background information on why the habit is important both Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech from a research standpoint and via storiesrom Earley s own experiences Earley does not sugar coat his experiences but honestly shares how Other than the Bible this could very well be the most important non A coerência textual fiction book you read this year I have already begun a list of people that I want to gift this book to not because I think they or their lives need to beixed but because I believe they too will relish the truths between its covers Justin Earley offers new perspectives on the role of habits in our lives and demonstrates ways in which we can become intentional in how they help Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller form us in a way that helps us to live out Romans 122 I don t review noniction books nearly as often as iction but having Watched And Listened To and listened to author on a YouTube video after reading a description of this book I knew that I had to read and review it Earley is uite open about his struggles and ailures not claiming that developing these habits will bring about perfection but rather comparing them to building a trellis on which our lives may be trained to grow upward rather than sprawling outward in ways we weren t meant to twisting into something that slowly dies and hurts those growing around us It is a book about thriving in a culture that is pervaded with distractions I am grateful to have received a copy of The Commo. Habits First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There form us than weorm themThe modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits orming us into anxious busy and depressed people We yearn or the reedom and peace of the gospel but remain addicted to our technology shackled by our screens and exhausted by our routines But because our habits are the water we swim in they are almost invisible to us What can we do about itThe answer to our co.
Justin Whitmel Earley ↠ 8 Read & DownloadS about curating a life It is the art of living beautifully p 163The book concludes with an extremely helpful set of resources or individuals or groups Earley believes it is especially helpful to practice these disciplines with others who voluntarily enter in so that individuals can encourage each other The resources include the habits in a nutshell a guide to trying one habit a week trying the whole Common Rule or a week or a month ways congregations can use the Common Rule prayers Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome for those trying the Common Rule and ways the Common Rule might be used in different walks of lifeor skeptics parents at work or artists and creatives entrepreneurs addicts and those with mental illnessesIt may be a small thing but I appreciated the typography of the book The medium blue of the cover is used or titles subtitles The medium blue of the cover is used or titles subtitles uote grabs and headers setting this book off rom most mono chromatic texts More substantively the practical application of James K A Smith s ideas of cultural liturgies and the early athers practice of
rule of life makes or an inviting book grounded in rigorous thought and tested practiceof life makes Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town for an inviting book grounded in rigorous thought and tested practice this with his own vulnerable example and you have a winsome exposition of the practices that makes you want to start right away The practices of scripture before phone shutting off the phoneor at least an hour and curating media were both challenging and helpful or this reader whose life is too dominated by the smartphone Whether you embrace the ull rule or substitute other practices Earley s Common Rule offers an important alternative Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water for people ofaith to the ways our technological culture may lure us into Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus frantic busyness distraction anxiety and isolation instead of helping us curate beautiful lives of loveor God and neighborDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse freerom the publisher I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I recommend reading the epilogue Troubled Waters first I lookorward to iguring out how to employ some of these practices The spiritual power of habit in our spiritual ormation seems common sense but often overlooked This book has helped me look again and evaluate This book is a balm or weary Christians offering an array of rules or habits that can be life giving individually and to those around us While much of this deeply resonated with me I wish the gospel had been made clear For example Jesus lived the good life we are all trying to live He did it all He sacrificed everything He inished the work on the cross so you could rest He let the world break him so it doesn t have to break you He rose rom the grave so all your aspirations won t end in the grave Devoid of an explicit gospel oundation of substitutionary sacrifice I d be concerned that the ruit of Christian living would eclipse the root that nourishes and gives it life Still the practicality of these habits eg one meal with others Scripture before phone curate media to our hours sabbath have the potential to Owls: Birds of the Night form us into the kind of people who are alive to God and present to each other In a word a beautiful Christian And it s that kind of Christian whom the Lord can use uietly but mightily What a helpful practical hopeful book In a time where many books onorming virtues stay in the theoretical or else veer into self help banality this book plants theological seeds of transformation and gives them practices to cling to as they grow Justin is a compelling writer and I was grateful Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, for the simple accessible style that befits a book that really can change your life If I have one complaint it s that the book doesn t always dive deep enough into the Bible The texts are there but there s a holistic vision oflourishing to the glory of God that is left unexplored A small critiue in a very valuable book. ?? not only because they are ordinary but also because they can be practiced in community They have been lived out by people across all walks of life businesspeople professionals parents students retirees who have discovered new hope and purpose As you embark on these life giving practices you will Bon Bon Voyage find thereedom and rest or your soul that comes rom aligning belief in Jesus with the practices of Jesu. N Rule Habits of Purpose in an Age of Distraction rom InterVarsity Press via NetGalley in exchange or my honest opinion I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation This is a practical helpful book that makes a great companion to James KA Smith s books on desires and liturgy and ormation Great examples of how to experiment with little daily and weekly habits that help with spiritual and moral ormation Really appreciate Earley s honesty and openness about his storyLegalists beware this is not a rigid system or a way to earn God s avor However
one could twist it and take it down that road Supercould twist it and take it down that road Super book gives a good argument or why we all HAVE habits therefore why it s important to have GOOD ones The chapters roll through 4 daily habits1 Scripture before phone2 Phone off or 1 hrday3 One meal with others4 Kneeling prayer morning midday bedtimeAnd 4 weekly habits1 Sabbath 2 Curate media to 4 hrswk3 One hour convo w a riend4 Fast Ravishing Ruby from somethingor 24 hoursI have started to incorporate a lot of these and it has been both helpful and necessary to create such rhythms in my life Obviously that s subjective but I would venture to say that most of us would benefit rom incorporating better habits into our lives This book and its ideas are a good place to start or at least a breeding ground or creating good habits of your own Summary Offers an alternative to the habits of our technological world that make us busy distracted anxious and isolated by proposing a set of habits enabling us to live into loving God and neighbor and into reedom and restJustin Earley was a well intentioned missional Christian with ambitious goals who ound himself having panic attacks and self medicating with pills and alcohol and other destructive habits A life of busyness and self medicating with pills and alcohol and other destructive habits A life of busyness increasingly by technology was undermining his health and relationships He recognized that he was being shaped by a set of cultural habits ways of being that left him busy distracted anxious and isolated He saw that these habits were not only shaping his schedule they were Old Yeller forming his heart Along with someriends he identified an alternate set of daily and weekly habits that they thought were consonant with their shared aith He began
sharing these with others and eventually in conversation with a pastor realized thatthese with others and eventually in conversation with a pastor realized that and his riends had rediscovered an ancient practice going back to Augustine and Benedict of living under a rule of life hence the name they adopted The Common RuleThe Common Rule Consists of Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography four daily andour weekly habits Two of each of these On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living focus on loving God and two on loving neighbor Also two of eachocus on embracing the good in God s world and two of each Frommers Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World focus on resisting destructive cultural practices even as we pursue a life of love The eight areDaily Kneeling Prayer morning midday and bedtime Love GodembraceOne meal with others Love neighborembraceOne hour with phone off Love neighborresistScripture before phone Love GodresistWeeklyOne hour of conversation with ariend Love neighborembraceCurate media to our hours Love neighborresistFast rom something or twenty our hours Love GodresistSabbath Love GodembraceAfter introductory chapters explaining the rule one chapter of the book is devoted to each habit explaining the rationale Who's There on Halloween? for each habit and concluding with practical instructionsor practicing the habit He concludes the book with the observation of art critic Michael Kimmelman that the greatest work of art is the curating of all of life as a single witness to something grand p 162 Earley then applies this to the work of habits in our lives He writes I believe that paying attention to the work of habit is similar It is best thought of as giving attention to the art of habit It isn t about trying to live right it. Ntemporary chaos is to practice a rule of life that aligns our habits to our beliefs The Common Rule offers Jurisdiction four daily andour weekly habits designed to help us create new routines and transform Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks frazzled days into lives of loveor God and neighbor Justin Earley provides concrete doable practices such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a riendThese habits are “common?.