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Who are you becoming? And how will you get there? Spiritual transformation is not a one-size-fits-all journey. Each of us has a particular identity, gifts, values, roles, and purpose. Thus we each need distinct spiritual rhythms that are designed to help us live out that vocation and calling. In this practical book Alastair Sterne shows how we can craft a life of more inte ...more
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Published September 29th 2020 by IVP
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Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rhythms for Life joins an increasing field of books exploring spiritual practices and the idea of a rule of life. The author even includes a list of these books for further reading. What, then distinguishes this book?

I would contend that it is the first half of this book, coupled with the second half. The first half explores who has God made us to be. Sterne explores in successive chapters 1) identity, 2) gifts, talents, and personality, 3) virtuous values, 4) roles, and 5) vocation. The chapter
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free digital copy of this book!

Review is also on my blog The Unicorn Reader

Rhythms for Life by Alastair Sterne is a book that is intended to guide believers and followers of Christ to create their own “Rhythm for Life”, which is meant to promote growth and transformation into Christlikeness as God has intended for every person individually. These rhythms encompass practices that deal with four distinct areas of life: upward to God, inward to sel
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a long time Christian, I have read books before about spiritual formation and patterns for the Christian life. But these books, as helpful as some of them have been, have usually set out some sort of ideal and then you have to figure out how you could adjust yourself to look a little more like the "template"... THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT.

By starting with who God has made us to be, Rhythms for Life invites honesty, self-reflection, and even an opportunity to look at the discrepancies between how
Kelly Hodgkins
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In “Rhythms for Life”, Alastair Sterne sets out to help the reader develop a plan for growing in Christlikeness. Based in the fifth century, monastic tradition, he defines the rule of life as identifying “habits, disciplines and practices to keep you moving in the direction of Jesus with your community.” He draws on his experience of being a pastor as well as his own journey in the creation of this guidebook.

Part One, discerning who God has made you to be, covers identity, gifts, talents, person
Nov 08, 2020 is currently reading it
Rhythms for Life by Alastair Sterne is an honest account from a current pastor and his teachings on how to declutter your current unproductive spiritual practices or lack thereof. He shares lessons he's learned from his ministry, and in such a way that's very vulnerable and raw as well as added a depth to the lifestyle examples and Biblical instruction.

Each chapter begins with a Bible verse, quote, personal story, and intro. The chapters have labelled subsections that are easy to follow. And ea
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a working mom with young kids "rhythm" is not how I would describe my life (more like chaos). I read this book doubting I could actually follow through.
But I was wrong.
Alastair has written an accessible and kind guide for building spiritual practices into life- no matter what your current life looks like. I appreciate the lack of judgement and openness to find what works for me today. And while rich in content, its simplicity makes it doable (the worksheets are amazing). I have felt a renew
Liam Marsh
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of the launch team for the "Rhythms for Life" as a member of St. Peter's Fireside. Throughout this book, Sterne points back to the bloodline of Christian transformation being the reflection of Jesus. Sterne points to Eph. 2:10 of how every believer is a masterpiece or a poem the God transforms. Sterne writes how “God the Father has our full transformation in mind. Nothing less than the very best version of ourselves- alive and flourishing in Christ” (pg. 3). So, wher ...more
Alida Thomas
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many books on or about Spiritual Formation get unnecessarily caught the weeds of academic jargon or legalistic rhetoric and in doing so leave you feeling gross and inadequate. This is not one of those books. Alastair writes with humility from his own personal experiences and with wisdom that’s clearly been learned over time and true lived experience (including his journey with depression and mental health struggles, the honest in which was refreshing), with practical insights, tangible suggestio ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Rhythms for Life
Spiritual Practices for Who God Made You to Be
by Alastair Sterne
InterVarsity Press
Christian | Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 29 Sep 2020

I am reviewing a copy of Rhythms for Life through InterVarsity Press and Netgalley:

In Rhythms for Life Alastair Sterne reminds us that being a Christian as a transformative journey. If we follow Jesus, we become like him, which is traditionally called Christlikeness.

What is Christlikeness, Christlikeness is your reflection of Jesus. You
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A shame-free guide to recalibrating your life

Most books like this make you want to crawl in a hole after assessing how arhythmic your life is. This author instead meets you in your pit and makes crawling out seem desirable and doable.

Part of his genius is he comes in the side door, starting with foundational concepts like identity, roles and vocation. I mean, who doesn’t want to learn more about who they are and why they do what they do? The rhythms become a means to an end of discovering and l
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Rhythms for Life" by Alastair Sterne, will invite you into a journey of understanding who you are, and how Christ invites you to follow him. Alastair invites the reader to experience the life changing journey of following Christ.
In the first chapter he says, "And like any grand adventure, you will not be the same person you were when you left. Each and every step with Jesus changes us along the way." As I have served in pastoral ministry for 20 years, I continue to realize that Jesus wants to
Jessie Young
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great overview. Tons of very easy to understand and apply information. I love how it’s divided into inward, outward, upward, with ward. It makes it much easier to understand and separate each practice. It also shows the need to practice in each way (in, out, up, with) for a balanced life rhythm. I love how this is a spring board towards more in-depth study. It introduces the reader and gives them a taste of each rhythm. Then they can go and dive deeper at their own pace. I love the practicality ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alastair has put something in the hands of the church to aid in spiritual formation at a time when implementation of such growth has fallow, COVID-inspired space provided for it to occur. Of course, he could not have known to coincide book release with a global pandemic, end yet the timing remains divinely well orchestrated regardless.
Alastair writes in a deep yet accessible way and invites the reader into an exploration of identity and intentional spiritual practices (rhythms) that help shape o
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its unique focus on creating rhythms for life based on your vocation and actual life. It was highly practical, very vulnerable and provided lots of space for personal reflection. I have read many books on the spiritual disciplines and life rhythms, but this one was unique in the way it provided tangible examples, split the rhythms into daily, weekly and seasonal practices, and rooted them very deeply in an und ...more
Christy Adams
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alastair writes with ease as he discusses what can be complicated topics concerning spiritual discipline, vocation and calling. Rhythms for Life is a book or more accurately, a life tool that you can use to map out practical steps in your relationships with others and God. In a time of chaos, this book helps to ground you and define what is really important in life.
Robert Holding
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a counsellor I have been recommending this book to so many of my clients. After going through it myself, I found this book to be a powerful tool to navigate identity questions and find vocational purpose.
Dustin Turner
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very practical. If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow way to develop a rule of life, this book is for you.
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