Humility and perspective. For this reader, these vital, but oft-neglected things stand near the heart of Os Guinness’ new book, Carpe Diem Redeemed, a book that is richly endowed with forthright, well-considered writing. How one wishes for more books like this! For, with eloquence, wit, and sage reflection, it lovingly casts a gauntlet down at much that is misleading, or indeed harmful, in our spirit of the age.
The subtitle of Dr. Guinness’ book is “seizing the day, discerning the times,” and here lies a clue to the central gift of his book. For if we are discerning, we may rightly seize the day, and so truly hallow, or “honor as holy,” as The Concise Oxford Dictionary tells us, the life we’ve been given. For with this gift of life, lies a call to find and follow our life’s purpose.
Dr. Guinness has a deep, abiding knowledge of the Christian tradition, and this well-spring of wisdom guides his exploration of prevailing worldviews—sojourns that are always with undertaken with charity and much-needed insight. Lines from literature, the pages of history, and modern currents of thought—all these fall within the purview of a suasive pen.
Guided by faith, Dr. Guinness shows how we may find life’s central purpose and meaning. To see ourselves in the flow of time that God set in motion is to see something extraordinary: who He made us to be, and how we ought to live.
Purchase this book. Set aside time, and seek a hearthside or quiet place—with a cup of inviting coffee, and read through its pages—deliberately.
To set aside time for this is time very well spent indeed.