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Out of Control : Finding Peace for the Physically Exhausted and Spiritually Strung Out [Paperback]

By Ben Young (Author) & Samuel Adams (Author)
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For anyone who is burdened with too many commitments, this book offers help by sharing the liberating truth that they are not helpless victims of a fast-paced society. It presents practical methods for living a life of peace and simplicity.

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With cell phones, instant messaging, express lanes, and PDAs, we can now cram more activities into our lives than ever before. But is this a blessing or a curse? Could it be that this fast-paced lifestyle is creating an underlying sense of anxiety and fragmentation? Is it any wonder the television is flooded with advertising for anti-anxiety medication? As a nation, we are stressed out, physically exhausted, and spiritually drained.

Working professionals caught in the continual push for success or over-extended soccer moms who feel burdened with too many commitments will find in "Out of Control" desperately needed help. This book shares with readers the liberating truth that they are not helpless victims of our fast-paced society. Most importantly, it gives readers permission to slow down and presents practical methods for living a life of peace and simplicity.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 7, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785211934  
ISBN13  9780785211938  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ben Young, M.Div., leads seminars on how to build successful dating and marriage relationships. Ben is a teaching pastor at the 40,000-member Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

Ben Young currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas. Ben Young was born in 1971 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.

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Self-help from two experts  Jun 1, 2006
OUT OF CONTROL by Ben Young and Dr. Samuel Adams is an excellent place to start if you feel stressed and spiritually wrung out. As the quote from Lee Strobel, author of THE CASE FOR CHRIST, so succinctly puts it, "If you're too busy to read this book, then this book is especially for you." And while it's true that when we're feeling stressed the last thing we need is another task, just by taking time to focus on the solutions offered here will help to ease your problem.

Ben Young, M.Div., leads seminars on how to build successful dating and marriage relationships. He is a teaching pastor at the 40,000-member Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Samuel Adams, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist. He earned his Master's from Western Seminary and a doctorate from George Fox University. He maintains a full-time counseling practice in Austin, Texas.

The expertise that these two bring to OUT OF CONTROL is obvious on many levels. It is a book that does not waste time, which many readers who are seeking help consider their most valuable commodity. Instead it states problems and clearly offers feasible solutions that one can begin using immediately. Many of the suggestions are ones that we have heard before, but putting God into the equation is seldom found in secular self-help books and articles. Biblical references support the solutions and offer new hope for success.

Taking their own advice to "simplify," the authors avoid complex psychological and Biblical exercises. "Not too long ago, during a difficult personal struggle, I recall desperately having searched for answers from a wise friend. I fully expected a long, philosophical explanation of my circumstances and I was prepared for a lot of advice and wisdom. The only thing he said, however, was, 'Pray, pray, pray.' I went away feeling slightly disappointed but willing to try." As it turned out for the author, and for us as well, sometimes there is nothing else to do. No matter how many degrees we have or how much influence we wield, there's nothing we can do but trust God.

As with most self-help type books, readers can seek to shortcut the process by checking the table of contents and then turning to the chapters that seem most appropriate. A sure sign, by the way, that we really need to start at the beginning and allow the process to be part of the cure!

--- Reviewed by Maggie Harding[...]
Absolution and Direction for a Culture/Life that is Out of Control  May 23, 2006
Very Timely and Relevant. This book not only diagnoses our current American condition of break-neck busyness and hyper-availability but it also offers prescriptions for recovery that are very practical and achievable. Their remedies are a return to proper priorities and the spiritual disciplines that Christians have practiced for centuries. I was both relieved and grateful that the authors solutions were not so drastic as to be unrealistic. The few baby steps I've managed to take so far have yielded great results in my life. I highly recommend the read and the results!
A Mixed Bag  Apr 21, 2006
"When was the last time you felt rested and peaceful in this fast-paced, go-to-go culture? It's a world of instant message, speed dialing, and express lanes that often create a sense of mania and fragmentation. Has your life become like a 24-hour convenience store that is up and running 365 days a year?"

We all feel like that at times, don't we? Our society values few things higher than action. We are to be busy all the time and to spend our lives in the frantic pursuit of more: more money, more affluence, more power. We are, it's safe to say, out of control.

Ben Young and Samuel Adams think that we need to just stop for a while and find peace. We need to stop being victims of a frantically-paced society. We need to learn to use and master technology rather than allowing it to rule and complicate our lives. We need to rediscover spiritual disciplines and seek a life of peace and simplicity.

Does this sound familiar? It may well sound familiar as there have been multitudes of books pouring from the presses of Christian publishers suggesting this same remedy. It seems that Christians are either not understanding or responding to this message. After all, today's Christians seem to be every bit as busy and frantic as those who do not profess Christ.

In Out of Control: Finding Peace for the Physically Exhausted and Spiritually Strung Out, Young and Adams, having first proven the danger of living this type of frantic existence, prescribe a three-part remedy. It all starts with Sabbath. Sabbath, they teach, requires us to take one day out of seven where we move at God's pace rather than our own. "We want you to experience this rest because we are convinced it is foundational to all the other ways God wants to bring peace and sanity to your life." While they argue primarily from the benefits of Sabbath rather than the biblical foundation, they build quite a convicting case for the blessing and necessity of celebrating the Sabbath. The second part of the solution is to rediscover the practice of silence and solitude. As we might expect, they draw much of this chapter (and the next) from the writings of Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster and Mother Teresa (who, unfortunately, appears repeatedly throughout the book). While I advocate the importance of silence and solitude, this chapter was weakened by leaning on the teachings of undiscerning and unbiblical men and women. The third solution is to practice the presence. Needless to say, this chapter draws liberally upon Brother Lawrence and his book Practicing the Presence of God. The authors describe the importance of prayer and encourage readers to begin to practice different forms, among them the prayer of release, which involves visualization, and "palms up/palms down" prayer, which allows the body to symbolize releasing cares to God and receiving patience, love and joy from Him. This type of prayer is absent from Scripture, but present in eastern and New Age religions.

The final section of the book, easily the strongest section, suggests "three movements for lifestyle change." Young and Adams encourage readers to move their priorities, to move away from technology and to move into community.

Out of Control is one of an ever-increasing number of books dealing with the importance of cultivating spiritual disciplines. While there is much within this book that is valuable, too much of the heart of the book is drawn from poor, unbiblical, undiscerning teachers. The first and third sections of this book are quite good. Alas, the middle was very disappointing. With the great variety of books available dealing with this topic, there is little reason to bother with this one. Turn instead to Don Whitney's "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life" and learn from godly, biblical teachers.
Getting myself realigned spiritually...  Mar 1, 2006
As of late, I've been feeling like perhaps I'm doing far too many things that don't matter at the expense of things that do. This is particularly true in the spiritual aspect of my life. The Nelson publishing group sent me a review copy of Out of Control: Finding Peace for the Physically Exhausted and Spiritually Strung Out by Ben Young and Dr. Samuel Adams. The timing could not have been better...

Section 1 - Living Freely and Lightly: A Culture Spinning Out of Control; Are You Out of Control?; Seven Lies That Feed the OOC Lifestyle
Section 2 - Spiritual Practices for Peace and Rest: It All Starts with the Sabbath; The Practice of Solitude and Silence; The Practice of Presence
Section 3 - Three Movements for Lifestyle Change: Move Your Priorities; Move Away from Technology; Move into Community
Conclusion: Your New Life in His Control
Study Guide; About the Authors; Acknowledgements

Now, I know they sent me this book because I mentioned that I am a software developer and write technology articles (and blog, and review, and and and...). They probably figured "here's a stressed out technogeek... let's see what *he* thinks!". This Christian technogeek liked the book a lot. Rather than present a list of ten steps to follow in order to have a more peaceful life (great... another "program" to incorporate into my schedule!), the authors make the case for establishing a few practices to recenter and refocus your life on things that matter. Taking the time to pray and meditate on a regular basis in order to reconnect with God... Turning off the ever-present cacophony of sound and stimulus that keeps us from learning about ourselves... And of course, stepping back from the tyranny of technology that demands more and more of our attention on a daily basis. Technology was supposed to help us *save* time, not become the slavemaster that forces us into being available 24/7. And while it would be good to be able to do everything in the book, they're realistic enough to know that small steps can start to change you. Maybe it's shutting off the cell phone after you leave work. It could be ignoring email for a day while you focus on family. It might even be as simple as starting to use the word "no" when people ask for your time and attention, and you don't have it to give. Written in a conversational tone, the authors deliver their message in an empathetic way while also challenging you to make some changes that will have significant rewards in other areas of your life.

Fortunately, I'm not (yet?) feeling like I'm trying to fit 36 hours into a 24 hour day. But I know the time I *do* have isn't spent the way I want it to be. Now that I've read the book once, I'll be going back through it and pondering exactly how my life needs to be altered to make a difference in the lives of others. A very good and potentially life-altering read...

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