Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest

Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest

by Glynnis Whitwer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727154
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 602,146
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotional, reaching over a million women each day. She is the author of Taming the To-Do List, I Used to Be So Organized, When Your Child Is Hurting, and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home, and the coauthor of Everyday Confetti. Glynnis, her husband, Tod, and their five young adult children live in Arizona. Learn more at

Table of Contents

1 The Undercurrent of Unease 11

2 What Drives Us to an Overbusy Life? 21

3 Being versus Doing 35

4 God's Original Design for Work 47

5 God's Gift of Rest 63

6 Four Conditions of Unhealthy Busyness 77

7 Hurry Is a Heart Condition 89

8 A Heart at Rest 105

9 The Sabbath Reset 115

10 Is It Ever Okay to Quit? 129

11 How to Find Sustainable Balance 143

12 How to Be Peaceful and Productive 151

13 Finding True Soul Rest 167

Acknowledgments 181

Notes 183

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Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Kristine More than 1 year ago
I've always thought being busy was a bad thing. I felt the weight of guilt from either being too busy while neglecting rest, or taking a break and not getting things done. Doing Busy Better has been an eye-opener for me. God designed us to experience and appreciate work and rest! But sometimes, we get those things out of balance. The author addresses God's design for work and rest in the book by looking deep into Scripture and offering practical wisdom to help us find that balance we need. Great book! I highly recommend it.
Giving_Gal More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to receive an advance copy of Doing Busy Better. As a busy person, I couldn't wait to dive into this book and see what I could learn. I felt like Glynnis had lived my life. Not only was she vulnerable with real stories, but she provided helpful solutions. I often found myself thinking of friends and clients in certain situations and texting this a snapshot of the book. This is a must-read for anyone whose life is busy!
MrsDisciple More than 1 year ago
Would you like to dig deeper into your overbusy life? Glynnis Whitwer’s book, Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest, will help you uncover the source of your busy and identify ways to get a handle on it. Through personal stories, biblical wisdom, and practical tips, Doing Busy Better gives the frantic woman hope for a peaceful life. *I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so blessed to read an advanced copy of Doing Busy Better. I have longed to find the balance between work and rest. Glynnis Whitwer does an incredible job at sharing her experiences and what God has taught her through her own journey with finding this balance. I love many of the quotes in this book but two of my favorites were: "Only the enemy wants us to find our identity in what we do, because he knows when the lights dim and the "success" is gone, so is our value." and "Hurry is the enemy of what matters most in this life." I am realizing these things in some real ways as I look towards empty nest season. I don't want to miss what is most important anymore. This is an area that every woman can relate to. Both working women and stay at home moms. Glynnis shares several ways we can apply the truths that are packed in this book. I am blessed to see the fruit that is already been produced as I read this book and walk with the Lord in this area. I believe God is going to use this book to break the viscous cycles that we have gotten stuck in as women and we are going to experience freedom in this area like never before. I am looking forward to having a small group and sharing this message with others. Pick up your copy today. You will be thankful you did!!
woodmantwins More than 1 year ago
I feel blessed to have been a part of the launch team for "Doing Busy Better" by Glynnis Whitwer. (The words in her book came at such a busy, stressful time, that I know God must have known how much I needed them.) When I saw: "Does this sound familiar? When you're busy, you feel guilty you aren't spending time with family or God? Then, when you try to rest, you feel guilty because there is so much left to do. It's an endless cycle of overwork and exhaustion." I knew I needed this book. Overwork and exhaustion were exactly what I was feeling. Glynnis writes in an easy, fun to read way. I saw myself immediately in her stories about being too busy and being in hurry. Then through biblical insight and practical advice she shows the reader how work and rest, in the right balance are part of God's plan for us. She helps us learn how to achieve this balance. Her book has been inspiring and very helpful to me, and since learning to do busy better is a journey. I know I will return to this book and it's precepts over and over. I want to learn how to live an unhurried, peaceful, productive life and to find true soul rest. I highly recommend it for everyone.
BetsyCruz More than 1 year ago
I jumped at the chance to read an advance copy of this book because I loved the title: Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest. Like so many women, I live half my life feeling overwhelmed and the other half rushing around, so I thought it could help me. (And it did.) This was both an enjoyable and a helpful read. I found the book both inspiring and practical. Glynnis helped me look at work in a new way and helped me see that God showed us how to work effectively when He did the work of creation. The book included teaching I'd never thought about before on God's commandment to rest, and it was full of real life stories and practical tips. My favorite thoughts from the book: • “God’s to-do list for me always involves loving others fully, being patient, and only doing the things He assigns me to do.” (p. 93) • When I follow God’s leading and am careful to plan well, I can work peacefully and productively. The book encourages us examine to our lives for causes of unnecessary busyness and offers practical solutions. It reminded me all over again to surrender my to-do list to God each day. how I need to seek God’s wisdom before I set goals and take on responsibilities. Great book. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I was too busy to read this book but I was too busy not to! Doing Busy Better is chalk full of practical advice for keeping life in balance as well as pearls of wisdom that helped me reconsider my pace of life. The idea that it's possible to work and yet simultaneously have deep spiritual and physical rest was a potent reminder. The yoke Jesus offers, whereby he leads and guides us, actually lightens our load and allows us to keep work and rest in balance. I also loved the concept of keeping "white space" in my life and how important that is for being a welcoming presence to others. But this isn't just a book about concepts. Glynnis shares her own personal journey and struggles with busyness and rest and offers her failures and successes in a very relatable way! I highly recommend the book to anyone who lives in our harried culture (and I think that would be all of us!)
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
How many of us are busy from sunup to sundown? Work, school, family, friends, church, sports, hobbies, and the myriad other things that occupy us seem to take over our time. The culture always pushes for more, busyness included. When will it stop? Or if not stop, how do we handle the it without becoming overwhelmed? Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest is a self-help book by Glynis Whitwer. It is a book suggestions, verses, and the author's experiences on how to better manage our time to the glory of God, to the betterment of ourselves and those around us, and without becoming overwhelmed. They weren't so much a list of tips or instructions so much as encouragement and suggestions of how to change our focus and habits to glorify God and do what really matters. It's hard to explain, exactly. It wasn't a guilt trip or another to-do list. It was more of applicable encouragement, relatable stories, and verses. Doing Busy Better was a very helpful book for me. I am really busy, despite everything. The author's descriptions of being in college and feeling overwhelmed, procrastinating, and feeling guilty describes my current experience exactly. It's so easy to be caught up with the things we "should do," want to do, or can't say no to. The book was helpful and enlightening. Now, the implementing part is going to be a little more challenging than reading the book ... More on that later. Doing Busy Better is a helpful and encouraging book. I recommend it to the other busy people, Christian or not. I received a complementary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
MDD More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were several sections where I thought perhaps the author could read my mind. This is a book to help with productivity, but not in the traditional way. I was encouraged to think differently, to pause and reflect before jumping in. Before I read this book, I always felt guilty for being so busy. Now, I accept that I am busy, but feel like I can do it better, just as the title says! One of my favorite quotes from the book explains how I feel: "I don't want to get more done; I want to get more of the right things done." **I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. -- But then I bought more copies for friends!**
PJLJ More than 1 year ago
Living a life that always seemed to be running at a hectic pace, I was drawn to “Doing Busy Better.” As I started reading, it was as if author Glynnis Whitwer had peered into my thoughts. “I want to live with margin and room to breathe while still getting things done. I want to honor the Sabbath … I want to live without the weight of countless deadlines, with plenty of time to hang out with Jesus, family, and friends.” Yes. Yes. And yes. As I read an advanced copy of the book, I was shown Biblical truths and practical applications to “finding true soul rest.” Whitwer writes in an easy-to-read style and makes her point. Adding this to your summer reading list is a must!
Kim_Stewart More than 1 year ago
I loved reading an advanced copy of Doing Busy Better. As someone who likes to be busy with work, I really wanted to identify what drives me to be overbusy, and why I feel guilty when I take time off from work, or simply take time to rest. Two of my favorite quotes are: “When your identity is grounded in your accomplishments, it creates a never-ending cycle of pursuit.” AND “Unless I put borders around my busyness, I will be a wreck, and my family will too.” I can so relate and I appreciate Glynnis sharing her personal struggles and all that God has taught her through this journey. As a trusted friend, she encourages us while also reminding us that she is still learning, and in a world where busyness is often worn as a badge of honor, we need to always be looking to God to set our pace. I am ordering copies for my friends and hope to do a book club this fall. Glynnis is offering a free printable study guide on her website as a bonus that will be so helpful for your personal study or to use with a group. We can’t wait!