The Rhythm of the Christian Life
Recapturing the Joy of Life Together
by Brian J. Wright
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Hurried and exhausted, we are looking for a better way to manage all the demands in our lives. We think that if we could simply learn to balance everything, we would be happier. But our problem isn’t balance.
What we actually need is to rediscover the rhythm.
God has created a pulse for our lives, and for centuries Christians lived into that intentional rhythm, one that has been all but lost today. In this book, Wright invites us to find true joy and wholeness as we embrace the two core realities that every person experiences in life:
•moments alone: times of solitude when we are with God alone
•moments together: times of intentional fellowship with others
In our efforts to maximize our time, we often set unrealistic expectations for our “quiet time” and our social relationships. The result is a failure to hear the ancient rhythm that shows how these dimensions of our lives should complement each other.
Embracing the rhythm of the Christian life, and living it wholeheartedly, is the task of all believers, not just some of us. As Christians, our whole life consists of loving God and loving others— just like Jesus did. Explore The Rhythm of Christian Life and recapture the joy of life as God always intended.
"Everyone would benefit from pausing to think deeply about the rhythm (or lack thereof) of their daily life. Brian Wright's book draws from the deep well of Bonhoeffer's work on the rhythm of life; it's refreshing and challenging at the same time. Read it together with someone or schedule it for the end of the year or season. We highly recommend this excellent book."
―Dave and Gloria Furman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Church of Dubai, and author of Kiss the Wave and Being There; and his wife, Gloria, author of Labor with Hope and Missional Motherhood.
"For a long time, I've been looking for a book that is spiritually and intellectually satisfying, yet simple. This book does just that. With incredible simplicity, The Rhythm of the Christian Life engaged my mind, warmed my heart, and inspired me to apply its message."
―Maher Samuel, Psychiatrist, Apologist, and Former Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) in the Middle East.
"How best to spend our limited time on earth is arguably our greatest challenge. God instructed Adam to keep the garden, Israel to keep the Sabbath, and the church to keep the feast--all examples of how the people of God are to 'keep time.' The Rhythm of the Christian Life explains that keeping time is our most important and neglected spiritual discipline. Only when we get the balance right of spending time alone (with God) and together (before God) will we get our out-of-sync lives back in sync. Forget about the program--get with the beat, the two-beat rhythm of the Christian life that structures Christian freedom and sustains human flourishing."
―Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"God designed life to be lived together. The wisdom to live, the joy to celebrate, and the love to share are all found and experienced when we live together in harmony. Brian Wright makes this evident for us in the middle of an individualistic generation. Despite our busy schedules, we must find time to spend with God if we want to experience the joy of life together as part of the rhythm of the Christian life. Indeed, the good life is rhythmic, as Brian says. Don't just read this book--live it!"
―Miguel Núñez, Senior Pastor, Iglesia Bautista Internacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and council member of The Gospel Coalition.
"In the hectic, disjointed world, Brian Wright speaks wisdom. His calm measured voice rings as clear as the bell of a watchtower, calling us back to the rhythm of the Christian life. He reminds us that just as inhaling and exhaling are both essential to breathing, so time alone with God and time in fellowship with God's people are equally essential. Building upon the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Wright reminds us that this divine tempo is timeless and universal; God wired us to live this way and he built us to do it in community. Sin disrupts this cadence, and we must deliberately return to the fellowship of God's people, to time alone with God, and again to the cadence of God's rhythm."
―E. Randolph Richards, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
"There's nothing more important than life with God. We are made for life with God. Brian J. Wright shows us how life with God is not an individualized pursuit of super-Christians who are climbing a ladder of hyper-spirituality. Thank God for this. Instead, with Bonhoeffer's Life Together as a muse, Wright offers a tonic for our deep loneliness and individualism. He guides us wisely through the pendulum swings of action and contemplation, community and solitude, time with God and time alone, and time together."
―Timothy Blackmon, Chaplain, Wheaton College