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Do Nothing to Change Your Life: Discovering What Happens When You Stop [Paperback]

Stephen Cottrell
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23 Oct 2009
'In returning and rest you shall be saved' - "Isaiah 30.15". When was the last time you had a real day off? Ditched the 'to do' lists. Switched off the phone. Had a lie-in. Sat in the bath until the water went cold? Most of us live at break-neck speed. Busy lives - work, family, friends, endless tasks - leave us with little time to sleep, never mind stopping and reflecting. We urgently need to stop imagining everything is so urgent. We need to learn to nurture our inner slob. In this generous, life-affirming book, full of practical wisdom, Stephen Cottrell invites us to slow down and stop...and breathe. This work contains 12 chapters: tackling the difficult business of stopping, through to where God fits in, and offering a beginners guide to sitting still! Start an adventure of self-discovery, play and renewed creativity that will improve the way you see life and help you catch a glimpse of God.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Church House Publishing (23 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715142054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715142059
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 13 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Reading. He is one of the Emmaus authors and has written Travelling Well and Praying through Life for CHP.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Many of us today are bowed down by our need to be busy, productive people. In hurrying around, Cottrell (the bishop of Reading)'s thesis is that we miss out on being the complete humans God wants us to be. Rather, if we chilled out more, we'd be happier as a result.
So far, so obvious, you might say, but Cottrell makes his points with choice stories, depth of understanding and yet a light touch, which make this short book a delight, and a much-needed prompt. Superficially, he's just saying "take it easy once in a while"; at a deeper level, he's saying that God is present to us, if we'll only stop to take him in.
If you're an agnostic or atheist, enjoy this Christian take on how you might approach life in a different way (and really suck the marrow out of it.)
If you're a liberal Christian, take this as manna from heaven, reminding you of what you've always guessed about God's purpose for each of us.
If you're an evangelial Christian, read this to understand where liberals are coming from, and why they too want to share Jeussu Christ with the world.
Sure, it isn't perfect; it's a bit vague and waffly towards the end, but there's so much good here, that's a tiny quibble. When I put the book down, I sat still in a chair for 15 minutes and prayed. It was wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small, practical, and fun 20 Oct 2008
I bought this book on a whim over a year ago and read it at the time. It inspired me to recenter my life (although not as much as I'd hoped) then. Since then I've read it several times including over the last few days while travelling in the USA - Stephen clearly presents a cogent argument for how refocusing our life outside ourselves (and on Jesus) helps us live a more fulfilled life.

Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop!! 29 Dec 2011
I, like another reviewer bought this on a whim about 12 months ago - when I was at a particularly low place.
I won't claim it turned my life around but it certainly did help by making me stop and think about the rush and push of the modern way of life. I took it with me when I and a friend canoed the length of the Great Glen in Scotland and dipping into it in that inspiring landscape helped me to regain a feeling of balance in my life and give me a new perspective on a faith long dormant.
Well worth the read even if you do not believe in the Christian way of life
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