Freedom from Tyranny of the Urgent, By Charles E. Hummel

Freedom from Tyranny of the Urgent

by Charles E. Hummel

Freedom from Tyranny of the Urgent
  • Length: 135 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 25, 1997
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 1287
  • ISBN: 9780830812875

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Is the clock a slavemaster or a tool that serves you?
Does the quantity of your responsibilities squeeze out the quality of your life?
Are urgent things so pressing that you don't have "inner time" to sort out what's really important?
How can you discern what God wants you to do?

Charles Hummel's classic booklet Tyranny of the Urgent has sold over one million copies. Now for the first time he expands on the life-changing perspective that has transformed the lives of thousands struggling to keep from being swept away by the rush of life.

Gathered in this book are proven principles taken straight from biblical teaching, from today's time-management experts and from Hummel's own life experience. You'll discover how to

  • make the calendar your friend
  • manage your life instead of your time
  • get motivated
  • stay open to God's guidance in small choices
  • avoid being dragged down by past choices
  • develop "inner time" for reflection and planning

and much more!

If you have too much to do and not enough time to do it, this book is for you.


1. Where Is Your Time Flying?
Our greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important ones.

2. Jesus Time
Jesus completed what the Father wanted him to do--and wasn't frazzled in the process.

3. Managing Your Life
A refreshing new perspective can help us with our harried schedules.

4. Is This Trip Necessary?
The crucial question is not short-term efficiency but long-term effectiveness.

5. How Is Your Time Being Used?
There's a difference between "quality time" spent with people and "quantity time" spent on things.

6. Clock Calendar: Friends or Enemies?
They can enslave us--or serve us. Like fire, the clock and calendar make good servants but bad masters.

7. The Art of Saying No
You are indispensable only until the moment you say no.

8. Time Out!
Take a moment to stop, look and listen.

9. Following the Lord
Following Jesus involves committing all I know of myself to all I know of him.

10. No Time Like the Present
The present must become more than just a bridge linking the past and the future.

Epilogue: The Tapestry

Appendix 1: Hearing the Word of God
Listening to God through the pages of the Bible can give us perspective and peace.

Appendix 2: Praying the Scriptures
The great answer to prayer is the power to pray more.

Appendix 3: At Your Leisure
Leisure offers us a chance to make a life, not just a living.

Appendix 4: It's About Time
The tyranny of the urgent is more than a question of time.

Scripture Index

Subject Index


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Charles E. Hummel

Before his passing in 2004, Charles Hummel was formerly director of faculty ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and president of Barrington College in Rhode Island. He was the author of fifteen books and Bible studies, including The Galileo Connection, Fire in the Fireplace, Genesis (in the LifeGuide Bible Study Series), and the bestselling booklet Tyranny of the Urgent.