Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time.

Bass, Dorothy. Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time. Jossey-Bass, 2001.

In a cultural milieu where everybody seems hard-pressed for time, Dorothy Bass claims that what is needed is not more time management techniques but development of life patterns that will get us through our days not only with greater efficiency but also with greater authenticity as human beings created in God’s image. This book is an attempt, in her words, to see time through lens of faith. Inviting readers to recognize time as God’s gift, the first chapter explores practices by which faith communities develop the capacity to take note of and be receptive towards this gift. “Receiving the Day” explores Christian practices that are built around the rhythms of the day, the week , and the year. Developing themes in pairs, the first chapter in each pair beginning with the second chapter of the book explores biblical, theological, and historical instances of the key affirmations on the pattern and meaning of the day, the week, or the year depending on the cycle of time that is under consideration. The second chapter in each pair provides practical examples and guidance for entering the practice. The concluding chapter, “Learning to Count Our Days,” provides an overview of the pattern of one’s lifetime as a human being.