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

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

by Tommy Barnett


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ISBN-13: 9780307731869
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,186,582
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tommy Barnett is the co-pastor of Phoenix First Assembly of God, one of the fastest growing churches in America and home base for more than 260 outreach ministries. He also serves as chancellor of Southeastern University, is the former Chancellor of Grand Canyon University, and founded the original Dream Center in Los Angeles. He’s the author of Multiplication, Hidden Power, Reaching Your Dreams, and other books.  Tommy lives in Phoenix with his wife, Marja. They are parents of three children who have all grown up to be successful church leaders.

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My name is Tommy Barnett.

I’m a pastor and have devoted my entire adult life to helping people connect with God and find better ways to live. I could fill up this book and more with all kinds of spiritual and practical ideas about what works in life and what doesn’t. I think it would be good stuff, but I have one practical idea that I know from my own experience rises far above all the others.

I admit it’s not an overly unique concept, like the invention of the Internet, for example. However, it’s an idea that has helped me realize success and great satisfaction in all aspects of my personal and professional life. I mean everything—from personal goals and dreams to marriage to raising a family to relationships to work.

I believe the idea can change your life, though, as it has changed mine.

Most importantly, it has helped me serve God and others more effectively. Trust me, my idea is not rocket science; in fact, it’s so simple that anyone can understand and benefit from it.

I believe the idea can change your life, though, as it has changed mine. I call it the power of a half hour.

Many people think of a half hour as a minimal or meaningless gap in time, downtime to catch your breath between periods of major effort. But the truth is your half hours can determine the difference between success and failure. Your half hours direct and shape your future.

You can literally change your world in thirty minutes. In the same way that your effect on the world is felt one life at a time, so is that effect delivered through the careful and thoughtful investment of your half hours. The beauty of this reality is that anyone can do it. You don’t need a PhD, and you don’t need a life coach to pull it off. All you need is to accept the idea, have a clear sense of your God-given purpose, examine your activity patterns, sensitize yourself to your time choices, and start taking advantage of the power of a half hour.

Every half hour in your day is a power-loaded resource. Your choice of how to spend those minutes is the focus of this book, which I intend to make a practical conversation about a resource that we misunderstand, abuse, take for granted, and ignore.

I want to help you become the person God intends you to be and accomplish His plans for your life. And in order to do that, you need to use your small increments of time wisely—not just the big slices of time that are devoted to both routine daily activities and major life events.

I agree with Harvey Mackay who said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

I know that it’s not easy to find even a “free” hour in the world we live in. I also have learned that it’s difficult to accomplish a great deal in a quarter hour—especially if you need to communicate graciously and genuinely with another person within that time frame. But a half hour—it works!

Claiming the Power of a Half Hour

Here’s how we will approach turning your half hours into life-changing blocks of time. In the seven parts of this book, I will outline how seizing the power of a half hour can make such a difference in these major areas:
• Impact
• Purpose and goals
• Faith
• Character
• Dreams
• Relationships
• Advancing God’s kingdom

To help you remember key themes in this book, each chapter contains a Half-Hour Power Principle.

By the way, researchers tell us that most people never finish reading the books they start. Because I think there’s too much helpful information in these pages for you to abandon the content before you get to the end, let me suggest that you do four simple but practical things as you read this book.

First, read the book in half-hour spaces in your schedule. Each of the chapters in the book is short enough to read easily in a half hour. You might want to have more than one block during a day when you read the book, but start this practice as you engage with this book. In addition, at the back of this book you will find a Personal Power of a Half Hour Action Plan. This plan is set up to help you, over a thirty-day period, fully incorporate The Power of a Half Hour concepts into all major areas of your life. You have heard that it takes about a month to establish a new habit? I urge you to use this thirty-day plan to make the power of a half hour a habit you will never break!

Second, if something strikes you as personally helpful, jot down notes about changes you need to make. Too often we are so intent on getting through a book that we forget some of the useful insights or challenges it provided.

Third, pray that God will help you to implement the things you discover in these pages (or in your related reflections) that will improve your life experience. Fourth, and finally, express a commitment to someone you know and trust that you are going to integrate these simple changes into your lifestyle. Ask that person to check up on you once or twice a month to see how intentional you are being with your half hours. That simple act of accountability will help prevent the reading of this book from being just another helpful but forgotten task. (You may also wish to find mutual encouragement in learning the half-hour concepts by attending a small-group discussion. A guide for such a study is included at the end of the book.)

I’ve been practicing these principles so long that I can now say I am a product of my half hours. I don’t always get it right, but I’m very much aware of the gift of life and the value of time. My half hours—the ones I carefully plan, as well as the unplanned ones I discover—are committed to doing His will in my life because I want to serve our God and others.

I’ve been practicing these principles so long that I can now say I am a product of my half hours.

If you get your half hours right, God will not only change your life but also use you to alter the lives of the people and organizations you influence. I sincerely believe the future is not going to be defined by those who rely on their intelligence, their talent, or their good looks. Instead, the future is dependent on the choices made by God’s people in the time that He has placed at our disposal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Power of a Half Hour xi

Part 1 The Power of a Half Hour to Impact Your Life

1 Change Your Destiny 3

2 Why Time Matters 9

Part 2 The Power of a Half Hour to Chart Your Life Path

3 Clarify Your Vision and Purpose 19

4 Solidify Your Values 23

5 Sharpen Your Gifts and Abilities 27

Part 3 The Power of a Half Hour to Strengthen Your Faith

6 Make a Regular Connection 33

7 Friends "Hang Out" 37

8 Listen 41

Part 4 The Power of a Half Hour to Build Your Character

9 Humble Yourself 47

10 Repent and Forgive 53

11 Own a Great Attitude 57

12 Practice "Gr-attitude" 61

13 Slow Down 65

14 When God Calls…Answer "Yes" 69

Part 5 The Power of a Half Hour to Advance Your Dreams

15 Follow Your Passion 75

16 Prepare for Success 79

17 Make a Career "Work" 85

18 Activate Your Creativity 91

19 Sustain Hope 95

Part 6 The Power of a Half Hour to Improve Your Relationships

20 Bless Others 103

21 Connect with Impact 109

22 Strengthen Marriage 113

23 Build a Healthy Family 117

24 Raise Kids Right 123

25 People Are Just People 131

Part 7 The Power of a Half Hour to Change the World

26 Serve in a Loving Church 137

27 Spread the Gospel 143

28 Give Extravagantly 149

29 Take Kingdom Risks 153

30 Act! 161

Half-Hour Power Principles 166

Personal Power of a Half Hour Action Plan 167

Small-Group Study Guide 197

Notes 205

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rachelreader More than 1 year ago
The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett is a book that will transform your time into meaningful segments that will move you towards efficiency and happiness. In achieving tasks in half hour increments the day will not seem so overwhelming. The feeling of accomplishment will keep you motivated. Give this method a try and you will not be disappointed. You will be on your way to a new and improved YOU!
bigmama5413 More than 1 year ago
As I read this, I thought about how many thirty minute conversations I have had in my lifetime that have changed my life, whether for bettet or for worse. It's a lot!!! After reading this book, I see how much can be  accomplished in just thirty minutes. This book shows how to begin a new life. Through inspiring stories, thirty minute principles, and biblical insights. This is a book that is really an inspiration.
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