The Essence of My Book

Here’s one way to state the essence of my book, in the words of Spurgeon:

Be diligent in action. Put all your irons into the fire. Use every faculty for Jesus. Be wide-awake to watch opportunities, and quick to seize upon them.

That’s what I’m trying to help you do, and that’s why I wrote my book.

I spend the first part fleshing out what productivity really is from a Christian perspective and why it matters (namely, so you can maximally steward all your gifts and opportunities and faculties for the glory of Jesus); then in the rest of the book, I lay out practical strategies for actually getting things done in the midst of all the opportunities and distractions that constantly multiply around us.

The biggest influences on my book include, from the old days:

  • William Wilberforce
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Martin Luther
  • John Calvin
  • Augustine
  • William Carey
  • Charles Spurgeon
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Jim Elliot (though I don’t quote him)
  • John Wesley
  • The Macadonian Christians in 2 Corinthians 8
  • The apostle Paul
  • Many others

And from the current days:

  • Jesus
  • Tim Keller
  • John Piper
  • JI Packer
  • Wayne Grudem
  • Peter Drucker
  • Tim Sanders
  • Keith Ferrazzi
  • David Allen
  • Stephen Covey
  • Seth Godin
  • Daniel Pink
  • Scott Belsky
  • Chip and Dan Heath
  • Marcus Buckingham
  • Many of my friends
  • Christians I’ve met around the world, both online and in person
  • Many others

What does someone like the 18th century theologian Jonathan Edwards have to say about productivity in the 21st Century? A lot. You’ll see when you get into the book. I think, perhaps, this conjunction of the old and the new, along with utilizing the best secular thinking within a robust Christian framework, might make it unlike any book you’ve read (in a good sense!). We’ll see.

In terms of the status of the book: we are still finishing revisions, but we do have a publication date which I’ll share with you when I have the time.

I just wanted to write this post up because I came across that Spurgeon quote again during the revisions, and wanted to share it with you.

Have a great weekend!


  • Peter G

    “In terms of the status of the book: we are still finishing revisions, but we do have a publication date which I’ll share with you when I have the time.”

    Wow… to be so organized that you haven’t scheduled time to type in a date!!

    But seriously, I’m looking forward to the Book.



  • Glenn Brooke

    Matt, I’m looking forward to reading it! Is 41:10

  • Pat S

    One of the most anticipated events of 2012, for me.

  • Debbie Hewitt

    Can we pre-order?

  • Rachael Starke

    Awesome quote/awesome post – going on my office wall in the morning before my next big meeting tomorrow with my scary boss.

    Praying for you and Zondervan to be crystal clear on who specifically you want to serve most and best. Your topic is so enormous, and at the center of multiple wars within the various evangelical tribes – the social justice-ers vs. the Christian bunker-ites; the “redeem the city” people vs. the “flee to the hills, grow grain wait for Jesus to come get us” crowd”, the secular integrationists vs. the separatists, even the complementarians vs. the egalitarians!

    I’m praying the book is a genuine thought changer, both about the nature and value of true Christian work, and about the gospel, which frees us to do it!

  • Andrew Tebbe

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for quite some time.

  • Matt