Feeling overwhelmed and unproductive? The answer isn't to do more.
What image forms in your mind when you think of productivity? An assembly line? Spreadsheets? Business suits or workplace uniforms? In the ancient world, productivity didn't conjure images like these. Instead, it referred to crop yield and fruit bearing. This agrarian imagery helps us understand productivity through a biblical lens. Jesus taught, By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit (John 15:8). Who doesn't want to have a truly productive life—to bear much fruit? But how does this happen in the places we hold dear—the home, workplace, and in our communities?
We often feel overworked and overrun, defeated and discouraged. The world says be productive so that you can get all you can out of this life. The Bible says be productive so you can gain more of the next life. In Redeeming Productivity, author Reagan Rose explores how God's glory is the purpose for which He planted us. And he shows how productivity must be firmly rooted in the gospel. Only through our connection to Christ—the True Vine—are we empowered to produce good fruit. This book shows how we can maintain the vitality of that connection through simple, life-giving disciplines. Readers will discover manageable applications like giving God the first fruits of our days. Additionally, Reagan discusses how our perspective on suffering is transformed as we see trials as God's pruning for greater productivity.
"This is what a time management book should be: theological, theoretical, and tactical. Redeeming Productivity is a great, gospel-centric book!"
-Jordan Raynor, national bestselling author of Redeeming Your Time: 7 Biblical Principles for Being Purposeful, Present, and Wildly Productive
"Before I entered pastoral ministry, I spent several years working in the business world. In keeping step with other successful businessmen in my office, I read numerous books on how to increase sales, manage my time, stay motivated, and make lots of money. However, none of these practices truly helped me or gave glory to God. In many ways, if felt like I was running on a hamster wheel, chasing productivity but not really knowing why. As I grew in my knowledge and love of the Lord, my focus began to change. Having had this previous experience, I was overjoyed and thankful to read Reagan Rose's book Redeeming Productivity. He gives voice to the issue of being productive, not simply for one's own good, but for God's ultimate glory. Not only does Reagan give a bevy of helpful tools for personal efficiency, but he grounds the whole book in the Word of God. This is an invaluable resource that I wish I had two decades ago. However, I'm glad it's here now!"
-Nate Pickowicz, teaching Pastor, Harvest Bible Church, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH; author, How to Eat Your Bible
"Followers of Christ have bought into a worldly view of productivity. We think life is about us and getting more stuff done. In his book Redeeming Productivity, Reagan Rose helps us better understand how to be productive for God's glory and the good of others. Redeeming Productivity is a perfect combination of right thinking and practical application. I wish I had this book fifteen years ago!"
-Scott Kedersha, marriage pastor at Harris Creek Baptist Church and author of Ready or Knot: 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have before Marriage