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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (22 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576836827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576836828
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margin Newly revised and updated, "Margin" is Dr. Swenson's groundbreaking prescription against the dangers of overloaded living. This bestselling book offers guidelines for healthy living so people can live balanced lives. Full description

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark H on 7 Jun 2012
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This is a fantastic book! Life changing truths that have been outworked first by the author - giving the book credibility. Its easy to read and full of application. Everyone needs margin - sadly most people don't realise it!! On the back of this book I have made `margin' my top priority; margin for what matters most to me, not those around me but for `me'. If I get this right it will benefit those around me anyway. Margin needs to be my best friend who provokes me when I'm about to overcommit on my limits and refreshes me when I don't overload.

As someone who manages in a large company that is performance and results driven (causing high pressure points), who is part of a team responsible for the oversight of a middle to large sized charity/school (racking up 65-70 hours a week for 2 years), and in the midst of this has a young family with 2 babies, my life had become void of any such `margin'. I first heard the message presented by a pastor by the name of Craig Groeschel who spoke from this very book. As a result I sort out to get hold of the book. Anyone seeking to achieve great things with their life needs to read this book so that they can actually review `at work cost' do they want to continue pursuing what `they think' is important and then way up the cost!! "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his own soul [or that which are most valuable to him; my faith, family, friends, loved ones, recreation etc.]
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By June on 19 Mar 2014
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I bought this book for my son and he found it really challenging.it gives you a great deal to think about.
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A needed and helpful book for busy people 30 Mar 2006
By Brian G Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently realized that every time I see someone on television sleeping in a hammock, I'm envious. It just looks so appealing! Well, I think I know why. It's because people who have time to nap in a hammock, have margin. Today I finished Dr. Richard Swenson's book of that title, which rates as one of the most important books on life-management that I've read. Swenson is convinced (and I think he's right) that we live in an unprecedented age where the pace and complexity of life conspire to produce exponential levels of stress and overload. Margin is the space in various areas of our lives - physical, emotional, time, financial - that can protect us from overload. When margin decreases, stress increases and burn-out is the end result.

Swenson spends the first part of the book discussing the cultural changes and societal reasons that account for the pain of stress and overload. This is his diagnosis of our pain. Much of this material reads like a sociology textbook and might even be boring to some people, but that should not put one off from reading the book.

The second section, discussing the presription for overloaded lives is really the heart of the book, and easily make the book worth reading. The prescription is margin - margin in physical energy, emotional energy, time, and finances. We don't have margin because we overwork, overcommit, overspend and overeat. We spend too many hours at the office, accumulate too much debt, spend too little time in silence and solitude, neglect nutrition and exercise and rest, and fail to nurture important relationships. What we need is a strict regimen of lifestyle changes which will help us cultivate margin in our bodies, our souls, our calendars, and our budgets. This calls for discipline and intentionality. These chapaters are especially helpful in providing wise strategies to help us along the way. I've read a good bit of this material twice.

The third part of the book deals with the result of building margin into our lives, namely health - health measured in contentment, balance, rest, and relationships. The chapters on contentment and balance were especially helpful to me, partly because they probe deeper than behavioral issues into the motivations of the heart. Other positives in the book include Swenson's extensive quotations from sociological and cultural researchers, his personal anecdotes, and his meditation on Scripture. Some weaknesses are an occasionally corny writing style, some weak interpretations of Scripture, and perhaps assuming too much from less than scientific research. But these are mild criticisms at best and do not really affect the overall message or usefulness of the book.

As a whole, this is a commendable book and one that is needed by most of the people I know. Almost everyone is too busy, stressed, tired, and overloaded. I certainly have been. And I intend to make some changes. One of those just may be purchasing a hammock for my back yard, so that I can enjoy some afternoon naps every now and then while my son plays in his sandbox nearby.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Please be more considerate of my margin! 23 Sep 2005
By Too much to do in Kansas City - Published on Amazon.com
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The topic of this book is timely and the concepts are important. I recommend the book because it has some very helpful observations about our overly busy society and it has a number of good suggestions on how to live life with greater sanity and satisfaction. I give the book only three stars because the author's writing is tedious. He either had a great book idea and the publisher told him the book needed to be thicker, or the publisher failed to edit with sufficient vigilance or both. The first five chapters could have been cut in size dramatically. It doesn't take 5 chapters for anyone living in the United States to realize that there is a problem with "margin." I wish the author had respected how time starved we are and starting discussing the solutions quite a bit earlier.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Something To Think About 25 Sep 2005
By Fiona McLeod - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is something that everyone over the age of 21 should read carefully and think about for a long time. Then, make steps to create margin in your life. This book explains why you need margin, how it can change your life, and how to find/create it. Our society is careening towards self-destruction... here is a way one person at a time to change that. Read it like a college text... underline it... then implement it.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Swenson Boils it down to Simplicity 2 Jun 2006
By Mary E. DeMuth - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd skip the first half of the book as it is a bit tedious and statistic-y, but the latter half is revolutionary. Dr. Swenson gave me permission to slow down, to live simply, to enjoy people

more than things. He proposes a radical way to slow down life. He made me long for relationships, frugality, giving hilariously, and contentment.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Prophetic Physician 23 Jun 2007
By David R. Bess - Published on Amazon.com
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Richard Swenson serves as a "prophetic physician" with the insights he provides in this title and its follow-up book "Overcoming Overload." Although he is a medical practitioner, his thoughts here transcend medicine and offer Divine refreshment for the exhausted spirit of individuals in the 21st century. As the title suggests, the key idea presented is "margin." The author defines margin, then describes its vital nature for various areas of human life.

I strongly and highly recommend this book to all busy Christians, which means just about every believer. Even non-Christians will find a great deal of helpful information. For me, this one is a keeper!
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