An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest, By Alan Fadling

An Unhurried Life

Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest

Revised and Expanded Edition

by Alan Fadling

An Unhurried Life
  • Length: 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: April 07, 2020
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 4672
  • ISBN: 9780830846726

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  • The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Spirituality)

"I am a recovering speed addict."

Beginning with this confession, pastor and spiritual director Alan Fadling describes his journey out of the fast lane and into the rhythms of Jesus. Following the framework of Jesus' earthly life, Fadling shows how the work of "unhurrying" ourselves is central to our spiritual development in pivotal areas such as resisting temptation, caring for others, praying, and making disciples.

We are all called to do work, Fadling affirms, and productivity is not a sin—it is the attitudes behind our work that can be our undoing. So how do we find balance between our sense of calling and the call to rest? An Unhurried Life offers a way. This revised edition, now in hardcover, includes a new five-session group guide and appendix with suggestions for five-minute retreats.

"Alan Fadling has written a magnificent book that is timely and enduring. It may even become a spiritual classic. . . . In reading his profound, accessible and challenging words, I became deeply aware of God's gentle invitation to a fuller, less hurried life in the imitation of Christ. As you pick up this book, I urge you to slow, read, savor and be changed in companionship with your unhurried Savior."

L. Paul Jensen, executive director of The Leadership Institute

"Greatness of soul requires an unhurried life. In this book, a fellow struggler shows us how Jesus lived a relaxed life that opens us up to truly loving and knowing others. This book is a perfect follow-up to Eugene Peterson's classic work The Contemplative Pastor."

Jan Johnson, author of Abundant Simplicity

"An Unhurried Life unearths our idol of efficiency and the incessant struggle to catch up, keep up and stay up with the velocity of our high-energy world. Fadling invites us into a countercultural way of being present to God and one another."

Stephen A. Macchia, author of Crafting a Rule of Life

"Every once in a while there is a book that I can honestly say, 'That book changed my life!' An Unhurried Life has been added to my very short list. Alan Fadling has helped me see in a practical, convicting and motivating manner that there is a depth waiting for me when I slow down and walk with Jesus. I knew it all along . . . but Alan has helped me long for it. In an overcommitted and underconnected culture, people need this message. I did!"

Doug Fields, coauthor of Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry and executive director of Homeword Center for Youth/Family

"Can we gain inner peace and strength in our high-pressured, fast-paced lives? With insights and stories, Fadling, a spiritual director, demonstrates what it takes to experience empowered lives despite life's inevitable crises and urgent demands."

Harold Myra, "The 2014 Christianity Today Book Awards," Christianity Today, January/February 2014

"Filled with underlineable sentences, penetrating questions, and appropriately disruptive insights, this book positions itself well for personal, staff, small group, or community discussion."

Zack Eswine, Themelios, 38.3

"This easy-to-read study on 'worship through rest' is excellent for mature Christians, especially for those involved in ministry. Written through the experiences of a pastor, it gives advice for counseling oneself, as well as others, to find a place in the slow lane and find God in silence and comfort."

Church Libraries, Fall 2013

"[Fadling's] approach is practical, eclectic, self-revealing, and rich in biblical allusions and applications. . . . the book integrates diverse resources in ways that may be useful to those seeking a manual for changing course."

Publishers Weekly, May 13, 2013


Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
1. A Frenetic Life
2. An Unhurried Apprentice
3. Productivity: Unhurried Isn't Lazy
4. Temptation: Unhurried Enough to Resist
5. Unhurried Enough to Care
6. Unhurried Enough to Pray
7. Rest: The Rhythm of Creation
8. Suffering: Unexpected Unhurrying
9. Maturity: Growing Up Takes Time
10. Spiritual Practices for Unhurrying
11. An Eternal Life
Appendix: Five Unhurried Minutes
Group Guide


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Alan Fadling

Alan Fadling is president and founder of Unhurried Living, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California. He speaks and consults internationally with organizations such as Saddleback Church, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cru, Halftime Institute, Apprentice Institute, and Open Doors International. He is the award-winning author of An Unhurried Leader and An Unhurried Life, and coauthor (with Gem Fadling) of What Does Your Soul Love?