Habits form us more than we form them.
The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the freedom 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 it?
The Common Rule
These habits are “common” 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 find the freedom and rest for your soul that comes from aligning belief in Jesus with the practices of Jesus.
Earley, founder of the Common Rule, a Christian fellowship organization, gives readers a structure for living more intimately with God and with others in his useful debut. Defining a rule as "a set of habits you commit to in order to grow in your love of God and neighbor," Earley outlines eight rules divided into daily and weekly tasks: each day one should strive to pray three times, eat one meal with others, read scripture before turning on a phone, and spend one hour away from smartphones and other devices. Over the course of each week one should engage in an hour of "vulnerable" conversation, spend less than four hours on "screen stories" (movies, video games, or internet/social media videos), fast from something for a full day, and set aside a day for Sabbath. If followed, he promises, these rules will deepen the seeker's attunement to the spiritual and help them "grow into the lovers of God and neighbor we were created to be." While Earley is stringent with his planning, he also acknowledges that the path is filled with obstacles and that lapses are to be expected. In a moving epilogue, "On Failure and Beauty," Earley includes a poetic meditation on the inevitable downfalls of life: "Failure is the path; beauty is the destination." With his precise plan, Earley instructs Christians on how to create an environment for a healthy spiritual life.
Excellent written from the heart. Thank u
I have already recommended the book to a few of my friends. A must read.
This book was used for a reading group at my church. It was interesting to watch 12 different adults all come to the same basic conclusion about this book.
First, there was a genuine concern for the author and a sincere hope for a positive resolution to his mental health challenges. Second, the book was viewed as a helpful recovery book for someone who might struggle with anxiety or for an individual with poor internal controls. The concepts for organizing one’s thoughts and daily routines was thought to be helpful for a certain type of person.
Finally, as with any book one can usually find something of value.
Overall, our reading group did not believe this was this book offered enough.