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8 Life-Giving Habits
in a World of Distraction

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HABITS FOR AN INTENTIONAL LIFE

The modern world is a machine of a thousand


invisible habits, forming us into anxious,
busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the
freedom and peace of the gospel but remain
addicted to our technology, shackled by our
screens, and exhausted by our routines. But
because our habits are the water we swim in,
they are almost invisible to us. What can we
do about it?

The answer to our contemporary chaos is to


practice a rule of life that aligns our habits to
our beliefs. The Common Rule offers four daily
and four weekly habits, designed to help us
create new routines and transform frazzled
days into lives of love for God and neighbor.
Justin Earley provides concrete, doable
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Justin Whitmel Earley is the creator of The Common Rule, a program of


habits designed to form us in the love of God and neighbor. He is also a
mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Richmond, Virginia. He previously spent
several years in China as the founder and general editor of The Urbanity
Project and as the director of Thought and Culture Shapers, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to serving the community through arts.

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“Creation is full of holy rhythms of life. There is a way to live that honors and embodies
these rhythms. The Common Rule is a beautiful, inviting resource that helps us do just
that. It is an important guide to living more deeply rooted in God’s life-giving kingdom.”
—A L A N F A D L I N G
president and founder, Unhurried Living

A LOOK INSIDE

Introduction: Discovering the Freedom of Resources


Limitations
—Habits in a Nutshell
Part 1: How to Practice the Common Rule
—Trying One Habit of the Common Rule
What Is a Rule?
—Trying a Week of the Common Rule
The Eight Habits of the Common Rule
—Trying a Month of the Common Rule
Part 2: The Daily and Weekly Habits
—The Common Rule for Congregations
Daily Habit 1: Kneeling Prayer at Morning,
—A Prayer for Those Trying the Common Rule
Midday, and Bedtime
Habits
Daily Habit 2: One Meal with Others
—The Common Rule as a Rule of Life
Daily Habit 3: Daily Hour with Phone Off
—The Common Rule for Different Walks of Life
Daily Habit 4: Scripture Before Phone Habi t s at a G l a n ce
Notes EMBRACE

Weekly Habit 1: One Hour of Conversation


W E E K LY
with a Friend
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Weekly Habit 2: Curate Media to Four Hours


LOVE GOD

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Weekly Habit 3: Fast from Something for


Twenty-Four Hours
Weekly Habit 4: Sabbath
RESIST
Epilogue: On Failure and Beauty
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THE FIRST-CENTURY
MAPPING CHURCH COMES ALIVE
HOLY GROUND

An urbane Roman landowner and merchant


is intrigued by the Christian faith—but is
he willing to give up his status and lifestyle
to join the church? Meanwhile his young
client, a catechumen in the church at Rome,
is beginning to see just how much his new-
found faith will require of him.

A Week in the Life of Rome is a cross section of


ancient Roman society, from the overcrowded
apartment buildings of the poor to the halls
of the emperors. Against this rich backdrop,
illuminated with images and explanatory
sidebars, we are invited into the daily strug-
gles of the church at Rome just a few years
before Paul wrote his famous epistle to them.
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Novatian of Rome, and Reading the Early Church Fathers. He studied Roman history
at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.

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“A marvelous read!”
—R O D N E Y S T A R K
codirector, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University

“Jim Papandrea has done it again. An eminent “James L. Papandrea’s imaginative narrative builds
scholar and theologian of the church fathers, who on a substantial amount of strong historical scholar-
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for narrative tales. This unique work punctuates a and discontinuity between the earliest church and
wonderful fictional story with pithy lessons about their own lives.When looking back at first-century
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makes this a great read for anyone from age 12 to amid modern cultural challenges appear both familiar
112. Bravo!” and strange at the same time.”
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RELIGIONS AROUND THE WORLD

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