Sunday, October 5, 2014

Book Review - The Power of a Half Hour

Hey lovelies!

I'm reviewing "The Power of a Half Hour" by Tommy Barnett

The Power of a Half Hour: Take Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time

Back cover summary

What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook?

How about change your life?
Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life.
Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time.  In this remarkably practical book, Tommy shows how to begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life, including your—
·         Purpose and values 
·         Personal goals 
·         Faith 
·         Character and attitude 
·         Dreams 
·         Career 
·         Relationships 
·         Marriage and family 
·         Church involvement and ministry 
Why not change time from being your worst enemy to your everlasting friend? It all starts with the amazing things you can do in only a half hour.  Through inspiring stories and biblical principles, discover how your downtime can have a major upside.
Get going—you don’t have a minute to lose!

My review
The Power of a Half hour is filled with a lot great principles such as: setting goals, aligning one's values with God's values, knowing one's purpose on earth, obeying God...etc. The book starts off explaining why 30 minutes are so important and what can be done in 30 minutes. The author provides real life examples of situations where 30 minutes were wisely used and situations where they weren't and the consequences that ensued. While this was great, I felt some of the examples (and maybe topics) were forced into the "30 minutes" theme. The examples could easily have been called something like "make the wise decision" or "do the right thing" instead of the idea that a well-spent or badly-spent thirty minutes was the main reason for the individual's success or downfall. 

The Power of a Half Hour covers all the areas of life noted in its description (Purpose, Goals, Faith, Relationships, Ministry...etc).

I loved that there is a list "Half Hour Power Principles" at the back with the important principles from each chapter. 
There is also a wonderful "Personal Power of a Half Hour Action Plan" which contains a summary of each chapter's power principle, inspiration from the author and action steps you can take (ex; writing down thoughts or ideas, questions to think about...etc).

Overall a good book although I don't think time management is the primary focus. 

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever thought about the things you can get done in half an hour? How do you use your half hours? How do you manage your time? Would love to know!