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

by Dorothy C. Bass. Jossey-Bass, 2000.

For busy people who see time as an adversary to be managed, manipulated, and controlled, this book provides a fresh vision of time as a gift from God, waiting to be unwrapped and savored with true presence and delight. Drawing wisdom from poets, theologians, and monastics—as well as from her own story—Bass shows how the Christian practice of receiving the day invites us to live with boldness and creativity. The book explores the economic and institutional pressures that lead to distortions in time's shape in our lives. But the book also sets forth a vision of ways we can resist these pressures and thus experience time differently, as a meeting place with God, creation, and other people.