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Life is not work, work is not life : simple reminders for finding balance in a 24/7 world
Johnston, Robert K., 1945-
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Berkeley, Calif. : Wildcat Canyon Press, [2001]

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xx, 236 pages ; 16 cm
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In no small way, our liveshave been defined by work.In order to support our work ethic, we needto refresh ourselves. And, what is evenmore important, we need to find a balancebetween work and the rest of life.

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J. Walker Smith has been a noted observer of social trends for a decade at Yankelovich Partners Inc. He is co-author of Rocking the Ages: The Yankelovich Report on Generational Marketing. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robert K. Johnston is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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"Our desire for spiritual growth can help us balance the role of work in our lives," write Robert Johnston and J. Walker Smith in Life Is Not Work, Work Is Not Life: Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24/7 World. Americans, they say, have allowed work to become too all-encompassing and must slow downnot a particularly new message, but one that is delivered here with thoughtful anecdotes and suggestions for change. Many readers will appreciate the authors' pint-sized recommendations for spiritual growth through deliberate moderation. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Chapter One A RENAISSANCE LIFE Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. Go some distance away because a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.--Leonardo da Vinci Such wise advice this is--from Leonardo da Vinci no less, the prodigious polymath of the Italian Renaissance. Painter, sculptor, engineer, astronomer, anatomist, biologist, geologist, physicist, architect, philosopher, humanist. His legacy of work inspires us yet today. Did he ever rest? Well, he certainly believed that balance, too, is a supreme accomplishment, if not the most sublime. This archetypal Renaissance man believed that work suffers, indeed, is inharmonious and out of all proportion, if not tempered by some distance and relaxation. The genius of da Vinci's counsel is not simply that work should be paralleled by life, but rather that without a life, work itself is compromised. Excerpted from LIFE IS NOT WORK, WORK IS NOT LIFE by Robert K. Johnston and J. Walker Smith. Copyright © 2001 by Robert K. Johnston and J. Walker Smith. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Table of Contents

A World from Robp. ix
A Word from Walkerp. xiv
A Renaissance Lifep. 1
Work and Eggsp. 2
A Breath of Everythingp. 3
Work, Tennis, and Familyp. 4
Sleep Inp. 5
Constant Motionp. 6
The Toll of Kindnessp. 7
Giving Until It Feels Goodp. 8
Stealing from Ourselvesp. 9
Striking a Chordp. 11
The Seventh Dayp. 12
Join the Dancep. 13
A 29.8-Hour Dayp. 14
Step Off the Gasp. 16
Too Much of a Good Thingp. 18
Always on the Clockp. 20
Nature Abhors a Vacuump. 21
The Riches of Timep. 23
Time-Saving Gadgetsp. 25
To Do Nothingp. 26
Saving My Bumperp. 27
Keeping Upp. 30
A Larger Callingp. 31
The End of the Roadp. 32
In the Black, and Bluep. 34
The Longest Short Kissp. 35
What's an 8-Hour Day?p. 36
In Plain Viewp. 37
Coming Back to Lifep. 39
Discovering the Dancep. 40
Simple Satisfactionsp. 41
A Reverent Rhythmp. 42
My Front Porchp. 43
A Family Awakeningp. 45
Double Dutyp. 46
Putting Down Stakesp. 47
The Sincerest Form of Flatteryp. 49
Stepping Over Peoplep. 50
Risking Lifep. 51
Re-Told Talesp. 53
The Best Medicinep. 55
Damn Lies and Statisticsp. 56
To Thine Own Self Be Truep. 59
Observe Your Playp. 62
A Good Game Spoiledp. 63
Fun If I Have Top. 64
The Art of the Frivolousp. 66
Posted: No Trespassingp. 67
The Cleansing Power of Vacationsp. 69
To Play, To Livep. 72
Turn Off Your Cell Phonep. 73
Spirituality in the Mainstreamp. 74
Remember Your Callingp. 76
Something Beyondp. 77
Body and Soulp. 78
A Leap of Faithp. 79
The Gift of Gracep. 81
More Than a Temporary Escapep. 82
Wiping Off the Game Facep. 83
Why Miss a Nice Day?p. 85
Space for Lifep. 87
After Midnightp. 88
Seeking the Stillnessp. 91
Doing One Thingp. 93
An End to Forgettingp. 94
Romanticizing the Pastp. 96
Time Better Spentp. 98
Searching for Simplicityp. 99
Bonus Yearsp. 101
Life Is Too Importantp. 102
Looking a Hero in The Facep. 103
The Gift of Disciplinep. 104
Dancing Over Decorump. 106
A Time to Laughp. 107
Made By Handp. 108
Lingering with Good Friendsp. 110
Purposeful Playp. 112
Free to Playp. 113
Chronic Stressp. 116
Public Health Enemy Number Onep. 117
Relative Wealthp. 120
Priorities Not Prudencep. 121
A Richer Currency of Lifep. 122
Lots of Lessp. 125
The Whole Personp. 126
I Shop Therefore I Amp. 128
The Obligations of Ownershipp. 130
A New Hopep. 131
Losing to Winp. 134
Two Classesp. 135
The New American Dreamp. 137
The Pursuit of Happinessp. 139
A Quiet Intersectionp. 140
Time Alonep. 142
Forty Winksp. 144
Let's Do Lunchp. 146
A New Perspectivep. 148
In Harmony with the Wholep. 149
The View From Nankoweapp. 151
Every Little Bit Countsp. 153
Coming Homep. 154
A Richly Textured Lifep. 156
Unrehearsedp. 158
Wake Up!p. 159
Chasing Happinessp. 160
The Price of Perfectionp. 162
Famously Obscurep. 163
Good Worksp. 165
Planting Gardenias by the Dozensp. 167
The Family Taste Testp. 169
A Summer Lessonp. 171
Doing What We Sayp. 173
Bringing Work Homep. 174
Built on Rockp. 176
Changing to Stay the Samep. 179
Doing Something with Ourselvesp. 182
All Over With the Shoutingp. 183
Groundedp. 185
Cheating Ourselvesp. 186
Funny Businessp. 188
A Worldwide Whistle-Stopp. 191
Only One Thingp. 192
The Main Coursep. 193
Safety in Numbersp. 195
Engaged in Sportsp. 198
Time for Friendsp. 199
Keeping Connectedp. 201
A Deeper Dialoguep. 203
Hands-On Healingp. 205
The Give-Awayp. 207
A Third Choicep. 208
The Power of Imaginationp. 210
A Question of Beliefp. 212
The Times of My Lifep. 214
Sunsetsp. 217
Prepared for Prayerp. 218
Reverence for Lifep. 219
Bibliographyp. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 230
About the Authorsp. 234
About the Pressp. 236