Item description for Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships by Randy Frazee...
Overview What causes such a sophisticated people to squeeze living out of life? "Making Room for Life" starts by uncovering the problem. Once the problem has been diagnosed, the book moves quickly to solutions.
Publishers Description What If You Could . . . *get all your work done by 6:00 p.m.?*eat dinner with your family every night?*form deep, satisfying relationships?*naturally blend the world of church with your everyday life? *spend hours a week on your hobbies?You can Making Room for Life reveals how to make all of these things a reality. Not by working faster or having more gadgets, but by simply choosing a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation. Randy Frazee's practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. In Making Room for Life, Frazee shows you how---and why it's so important---to balance work and play, establish healthy boundaries, deal with children's activities and homework, bring Jesus to your neighbors, and build authentic bonds with a circle of close friends.Share these insights with those around you and help usher in an amazing transformation: your life and the lives of others blooming, in the midst of the chaos and fragmentation of today's culture, into communities of purpose and peace.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310250161 ISBN13 9780310250166 UPC 025986250164
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More About Randy Frazee
As the senior minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, I have the privilege of teaching and leading in partnership with pastor and author, Max Lucado. Prior to coming to Oak Hills, I served as the teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and spent 15 years as the senior pastor at Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth Texas. God has filled my life with amazing experiences and for that I am grateful.
I’m also the author of several books, The Connecting Church, Making Room for Life, The Christian Life Profile Assessment, and Renovation of the Heart Student Edition. Currently I am most excited about my new book coming out in August of 2011, The Heart of the Story: God’s Masterful Design to Restore His People.
And as for the roles I cherish most in life, it’s husband to my incredible Rozanne, father to four remarkable children, and of course the unspeakable joy that comes with being a proud grandfather.
My prayer for you is not complicated. It’s real simple. I desire that you won’t let another day go by without taking hold of this precious life that God has made available for you. I hope you find what’s shared here full of practical ideas and the courage you need to seize the day.
SPANISH BIO: Randy Frazee es ministro principal de la iglesia Oak Hills de San Antonio, Texas. Es author de The Connecting Church, Making Room for Life, The Christian Life Profile, y Renovation of the Heart Student Edition. Es graduado del Dallas Theological Seminary. Frazee y su esposa, Rozanne, tienen cuatro hijos.
Randy Frazee currently resides in Fort Worth.
Randy Frazee has published or released items in the following series...
Emersion: Emergent Village Resources for Communities of Faith
Reviews - What do customers think about Making Room For Life?
Hoping this book will have the profound impact on our lives I think it will. Nov 2, 2006
This is such a simple book to read and yet it may have the most profound impact on our lives - I hope and pray! We fit exactly the type of family who desperately needs this book: suburban, near a very large, fast-paced city and living somewhat frazzled, disconnected lives (other than with our children) because we are working all hours of the day (my husband) and our church and church friends are 30-45 minutes away. Frazee talks about how the greatest problem in the American Church today is our fragmented lives - the fact that we have so many relationships with many different groups of people, and rarely do these groups overlap. My husband and I have bemoaned for years now that we are not able to "do life" with those in our small group nor church as we live all over the city. I have also felt for a long time that not observing a Sabbath Day (one of the Ten Commandments) is one of the greatest sins of omission of our church today and in our lives personally. Frazee's book resonates with us to the core! And, I might add, that we are parents of 2 children under age 3 and that my husband works from home - often working evening hours and weekends since he can wrap up for early dinners and time with the kids. While we may not be able to implement everything that Frazee urges (I sure would like him to address those with preschoolers), we are already praying about what kind of changes we can make. We can live with the tension of it not really fitting our life-stage exactly as we trust God to show us how to build community right here in our neighborhood/community. It is a beautiful picture of what life CAN be and what we were created for - deeper relationships and more sane living. You must read this book for the picture he paints of family dinner time, if nothing else. While we do eat dinner together every night as a family, I love his vision of making it a reward and festive occasion at the end of every day and also of enfolding others into it. Beautiful! It is also a book that has given me permission to take the time I need to step back from the frenzy, refresh my soul, and to consider finding a church closer to our home sooner rather than later. Thank you, Randy Frazee and thank you, Lord Jesus! May we trust Him for the wisdom and application in our specific lives.
Life Changing Aug 13, 2006
This book is about to change my life practice as well as that of my family and neighborhood! I am buying this one for a neighbor.
Idealistic, yet practical, and very radical. Apr 13, 2006
Many refute the suggestions he makes. Many argue that the "typical, American" family he resents is not them. Many argue that to take his practical steps would take away room for the "life" they already have. With good reason, these claims are partly true. The typical family (especially church-going) is much closer to what is presented in this book. Secular studies verify this. One mother was right in her review that the steps of change would mess it up for her. IT is the principles that need to be applied and if you have already applied them, then you do not need to make changes. For many, Myself included who do not live an urvan or suburban setting, find the principles and many of the suggested steps very useful in creatng balanced boundaries so that I can give God my best in all my roles, and so that I have integrity and seemless unity between my roles as a human - Christian, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Employee, Friend, Neighbor. The main thrust of this book is reordering our lives so that we are no longer hiding the LIGHT under a bushel or bowl and following Christ's lead in all situations to avoid hypocrisy and "secret sins" which fosters genuine well-rounded and amazing relationships with believers and non-believers. Most of the principles he has expressed have been placed on my heart through prayer and Scripture over the past several years, several off his steps I already began to do even before I read the book. This book will widen your thinking and will either help you "make room for life" or better understand those you often come into contact with who need to "make room for life." If you read it with a negative verdict in your mind before you even begin, that is what you will have in the end. If you read it seeking to better understand why the world is so hectic and hpe to cull some nuggets, then you will be pleased.
Good ideas, but definitely idealistic Sep 9, 2005
We are reading this book in a small group format. However, as parents of two children under age 3, most of what he talks about doing in this book in unrealistic. Having all my housework done by 6? I would much rather play with my kids during the day than run around worrying about having all my "work" done by a certain time. This is much more feasable when yo have kids who are in school all day. And my husband works from home and for himself which means that alot of his work needs to be done after the kids are in bed. We always make time for eachother and I think this book has some great ideas, expecially if you are feeling stressed and rushed around. I like the idea of limiting your extra activities, especially for kids, and always having dinner together. I just think he should perhaps preface the book by saying his systems works much better when your children are older. When you have little ones at home you can't limit yourself to one type of schedule. The times I spend with my children now are much more important to me than living by a schedule. I feel that my family and I already make room for life by not worrying so much about housework and job stuff, and getting those things done during times of day when we have already spent time together as a family, or even working together to get things done. Anyway, only read this book if you have kids who are in school.
Solid practical advice and well thought out Aug 18, 2005
This is a very valuable resource for those who find there is not enough time in a day to manage their relationships with God, family, and friends. I highly recommend this for small group study.