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Overthrowing Your Empire of Noise Noise. It’s everywhere. Televisions blaring out commercials. Opinions shouted over the radio. The Internet and its unlimited distractions. All of the tasks and choices that you know don't really matter. Always intensifying, becoming a deep part of our everyday cycle, our now hurried lives.    But often God speaks to us in the stillness. W Overthrowing Your Empire of Noise Noise. It’s everywhere. Televisions blaring out commercials. Opinions shouted over the radio. The Internet and its unlimited distractions. All of the tasks and choices that you know don't really matter. Always intensifying, becoming a deep part of our everyday cycle, our now hurried lives.    But often God speaks to us in the stillness. When Elijah needed to hear from God, God sent a fire, a quake, and a huge wind. But God wasn’t in the fire. He wasn’t in the quake. He wasn’t in the wind. God was in the whisper. But the noise hides the whisper.   Life is a dangerous place when we are stripped of our ability to hear God clearly.   During His time here on earth Jesus Christ was a master of noise. He balanced time healing, teaching, and feeding the multitudes with regular periods alone with His Father. Static Jedi takes a look at the life of Jesus to help you master the noise and distractions and live in clarity.


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Overthrowing Your Empire of Noise Noise. It’s everywhere. Televisions blaring out commercials. Opinions shouted over the radio. The Internet and its unlimited distractions. All of the tasks and choices that you know don't really matter. Always intensifying, becoming a deep part of our everyday cycle, our now hurried lives.    But often God speaks to us in the stillness. W Overthrowing Your Empire of Noise Noise. It’s everywhere. Televisions blaring out commercials. Opinions shouted over the radio. The Internet and its unlimited distractions. All of the tasks and choices that you know don't really matter. Always intensifying, becoming a deep part of our everyday cycle, our now hurried lives.    But often God speaks to us in the stillness. When Elijah needed to hear from God, God sent a fire, a quake, and a huge wind. But God wasn’t in the fire. He wasn’t in the quake. He wasn’t in the wind. God was in the whisper. But the noise hides the whisper.   Life is a dangerous place when we are stripped of our ability to hear God clearly.   During His time here on earth Jesus Christ was a master of noise. He balanced time healing, teaching, and feeding the multitudes with regular periods alone with His Father. Static Jedi takes a look at the life of Jesus to help you master the noise and distractions and live in clarity.

30 review for Static Jedi: The Art of Hearing God Through the Noise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    My small group and I decided to read this together. It was just okay. Timm has some good points and ideas, but they are surrounded by distractions. There were quite a few long, drawn-out food metaphors, which got tiresome quickly. More seriously though, he kept making jokes about reading his book and buying his book so as to pretend to be self-promoting. But he did it so many times that I have to figure he actually WAS self-promoting. I guess the trouble was that we spent so much time picking ap My small group and I decided to read this together. It was just okay. Timm has some good points and ideas, but they are surrounded by distractions. There were quite a few long, drawn-out food metaphors, which got tiresome quickly. More seriously though, he kept making jokes about reading his book and buying his book so as to pretend to be self-promoting. But he did it so many times that I have to figure he actually WAS self-promoting. I guess the trouble was that we spent so much time picking apart what we didn't like about the book that we just barely took a few helpful things away from it. Some of those helpful things were the week without media distractions, the importance of memorizing scripture (something I never considered doing in my spare time but have really enjoyed), and the importance of fasting. That's the other thing; Timm gives us some hard truths. I think that was part of the trouble my small group had with the book--he was telling us things we didn't want to hear, but needed to hear. Lastly, I could have benefited from a more complete description of what the "noise" actually is. Granted it's different for every person, but we do want to know what exactly we're up against. This was another area Timm seemed conflicted on. Sometimes he was talking about how we can get lost in social media, but then he'd go and quote one of his own tweets. Kind of a mixed message there. Anyway, one of the women in my group tried his week without distractions and really enjoyed it and grew from it. It was definitely not a total loss.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Stocking

    Our family started reading "Static Jedi" as a devotional. Eric Samuel Timm handles what could be a guilt-evoking, never-going-to-win subject (How do YOU spend your time? What are you INVESTING in?!) with humor and candid transparency. EST uses imagery that helps the us to understand what we are doing, sometimes without even meaning to do so. However this book doesn't leave the reader once the problem is identified. Static Jedi helps us to see what the issue is and how to tackle it. Each chapter Our family started reading "Static Jedi" as a devotional. Eric Samuel Timm handles what could be a guilt-evoking, never-going-to-win subject (How do YOU spend your time? What are you INVESTING in?!) with humor and candid transparency. EST uses imagery that helps the us to understand what we are doing, sometimes without even meaning to do so. However this book doesn't leave the reader once the problem is identified. Static Jedi helps us to see what the issue is and how to tackle it. Each chapter ends with questions for the reader to personally tackle, and a set of questions to discuss with a group. As a family we needed to spend time together, involved in what matters, but hadn't been able to see what was holding us back. In addition, each of us as individuals needed to make adjustments to how we spend the "currency of our lives," time, so that it is more intentional. Great wake-up call! The humor?! Well, with teenage boys in the house, we're hearing some of EST's funny tag lines over, and over again. Great way to invest in each other and draw closer to Jesus. Highly recommend for people of all ages, groups, and families. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    This book is one that I would encourage every Christian and non-Christian to read. It changes your perspective on how you are living your life. It points out the noise that you ingest every day without realizing it, teaches you how to master the noise by becoming a "Static Jedi," and helps you grow closer to God by giving Him the undivided attention He deserves. Eric Samuel Timm challenges you to overcome the noise in ways that will show you how much you truly love God and what he has done for y This book is one that I would encourage every Christian and non-Christian to read. It changes your perspective on how you are living your life. It points out the noise that you ingest every day without realizing it, teaches you how to master the noise by becoming a "Static Jedi," and helps you grow closer to God by giving Him the undivided attention He deserves. Eric Samuel Timm challenges you to overcome the noise in ways that will show you how much you truly love God and what he has done for you. This book has changed my outlook on life and how I live it. Please read it then pass it on to someone that you know who needs to grow closer to God. This book possesses a message that needs to be passed on to everyone.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tim Ogle

    Read this book if : you want to be pointed in a direction to grow the relationship with Jesus. you want some Biblical tangible directives to put faith and.practice to work. you want to find a way to hear God's voice. Read this book if : you want to be pointed in a direction to grow the relationship with Jesus. you want some Biblical tangible directives to put faith and.practice to work. you want to find a way to hear God's voice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cliff

    I originally gave this four stars, but after talking about this book with my friends and the light they shed on it, I feel the book deserves another star. It really is worth the read, there's a lot of good advice, just be careful not to turn the advice into a to-do list. These things can help us grow in our relationship with the Lord, but they do not make the relationship. I've got a full review here: Static Jedi by Eric Timm I originally gave this four stars, but after talking about this book with my friends and the light they shed on it, I feel the book deserves another star. It really is worth the read, there's a lot of good advice, just be careful not to turn the advice into a to-do list. These things can help us grow in our relationship with the Lord, but they do not make the relationship. I've got a full review here: Static Jedi by Eric Timm

  6. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    As a Star Wars fan, I'm a bit disappointed to see "Jedi" in the title but nowhere in the description. It makes me extremely curious how the author correlates the Jedi with his subject matter. As a Star Wars fan, I'm a bit disappointed to see "Jedi" in the title but nowhere in the description. It makes me extremely curious how the author correlates the Jedi with his subject matter.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike Peterson

    I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the art, I've lived his presentation, I even love the humor in the book. But sometimes it feels the book is stuck in the humor, stuck building out this image of Static Jedi so much that the actual ideal gets lost. I really did appreciate a bunch of things I'm the book, but it took 150 pages to get to the 5 things, which then got brushed over. I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the art, I've lived his presentation, I even love the humor in the book. But sometimes it feels the book is stuck in the humor, stuck building out this image of Static Jedi so much that the actual ideal gets lost. I really did appreciate a bunch of things I'm the book, but it took 150 pages to get to the 5 things, which then got brushed over.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nick Watson

    I was disappointed by this book. I love the title, and the idea is good, but the style felt shallow, with too many flippant asides and personal reference to our author and his work. I did get a couple of useful teaching ideas but overall it's not a book is recommend or plan to reread. I was disappointed by this book. I love the title, and the idea is good, but the style felt shallow, with too many flippant asides and personal reference to our author and his work. I did get a couple of useful teaching ideas but overall it's not a book is recommend or plan to reread.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Good truths! Good challenges. He kind of rambles some, but he hits the topic well. Praying about what to apply from this book now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Blake

    Really wonderful devotional

  11. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Ridlen

    I'll start with what I didn't care for: As much as I love Star Wars, I felt the whole "Jedi" thing was on the cheesy side. And for a book dedicated to the mastery of the noise that bombards us from our phones, friends, Facebook feeds, and television sets, it sure is noisy. The book is riddled with ADD-induced breakfast food tangents, sidebars with Twitter posts (hashtagged #staticjedi), and metaphors that distract from the point. Maybe the Twitter sidebars were a twist of irony and Timm is punki I'll start with what I didn't care for: As much as I love Star Wars, I felt the whole "Jedi" thing was on the cheesy side. And for a book dedicated to the mastery of the noise that bombards us from our phones, friends, Facebook feeds, and television sets, it sure is noisy. The book is riddled with ADD-induced breakfast food tangents, sidebars with Twitter posts (hashtagged #staticjedi), and metaphors that distract from the point. Maybe the Twitter sidebars were a twist of irony and Timm is punking us all. Tangents and sidebars aside, this book contains some of the most challenging charges to believers--to take up our cross daily and follow him, whether it's through rising early to pray and study, memorizing scripture, or having coffee and toast "with Jesus." He gives practical steps (several Bible reading plans, for example) for how to do these things and retells his experiences along the way. Well worth the read, although if you want the condensed version with fewer contrived metaphors and more meat, read Chapter 1 and then chapters 12-17.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Stone

    Level Presentation of Sincere Fellowship with God And Community I was attracted to this book by the Title, Star Wars-like (of which I have never seen). What greeted me was a warming book of sincerity in man's pursuit of God. Eric strikes a sound balance between grace and personal responsibility. We are disciplines, correct? Our journey leads to a decision, to a new birth in God through Jesus Christ. The decision needs to lead to a life of discipleship, of following our Master. Following means acti Level Presentation of Sincere Fellowship with God And Community I was attracted to this book by the Title, Star Wars-like (of which I have never seen). What greeted me was a warming book of sincerity in man's pursuit of God. Eric strikes a sound balance between grace and personal responsibility. We are disciplines, correct? Our journey leads to a decision, to a new birth in God through Jesus Christ. The decision needs to lead to a life of discipleship, of following our Master. Following means action, activity. Eric give 5 clear actions to engage in, not for salvation, but because of the salvation that is ours through Christ. He has written a book that forces the reader to consider the basics of being a discipline of God with man. A believer and seeker alike will be challenged.

  13. 4 out of 5

    J. Alfred

    Timm, who I have seen speak at a school assembly, does a good job of encouraging the youth-group age kids who are generally going to be reading this book to take their relationship with God seriously. There are some slight issues that I'd argue in the book, both with his expressed theology and praxis, but generally I enjoyed the read and was genuinely challenged by some of his conclusions. (Though, if you're over the age of, say, fifteen, the goofy prose style will probably irritate you.) A seven Timm, who I have seen speak at a school assembly, does a good job of encouraging the youth-group age kids who are generally going to be reading this book to take their relationship with God seriously. There are some slight issues that I'd argue in the book, both with his expressed theology and praxis, but generally I enjoyed the read and was genuinely challenged by some of his conclusions. (Though, if you're over the age of, say, fifteen, the goofy prose style will probably irritate you.) A seventh grader gave me this book to read. As a rule, I'd say that if your writing and speaking has led seventh graders to lend your book out to their teachers, you're doing some good things in the world and ought to keep going strong.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David

    My oppinion on this book, you will be surprised. Must read now (/sarcasm) So, for a book on how to be quiet, filter out distractions and noise- this book reads like click bait. Its filled with noise, and clutter. I was dissapointed in this, since I was expecting the excact opposite. Maybe if you are high on #hashtags and live for the @mentions this will be relevant for you, but for me, it was hard to see the content for all the hyped up stories with the obvious points. Reading this book may resul My oppinion on this book, you will be surprised. Must read now (/sarcasm) So, for a book on how to be quiet, filter out distractions and noise- this book reads like click bait. Its filled with noise, and clutter. I was dissapointed in this, since I was expecting the excact opposite. Maybe if you are high on #hashtags and live for the @mentions this will be relevant for you, but for me, it was hard to see the content for all the hyped up stories with the obvious points. Reading this book may result in an aversion to toast with butter- for some reason.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rusty Posey

    I would have rated it 3.5 stars if half stars were available. It is a solid discipleship book that gets wordy and sidetracked from the topic at times. The positives do outweigh the negatives. There are some strong challenges and great ideas as it relates to one's personal time with God. I would recommend this to new converts and those who have never established spiritual disciplines in their life. I would have rated it 3.5 stars if half stars were available. It is a solid discipleship book that gets wordy and sidetracked from the topic at times. The positives do outweigh the negatives. There are some strong challenges and great ideas as it relates to one's personal time with God. I would recommend this to new converts and those who have never established spiritual disciplines in their life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Randall Darden

    Timm makes some good points and offers some excellent challenges. I imagine he would be a very appealing speaker for youth. His book however, could be summed up shortly: invest time wisely by making it a priority to spend time with God away from all distractions. One of my favorite statements in the book is "Discipleship means becoming like Jesus, not just filling our heads with knowledge, and it is not something we can do without dying to ourselves." p54 Timm makes some good points and offers some excellent challenges. I imagine he would be a very appealing speaker for youth. His book however, could be summed up shortly: invest time wisely by making it a priority to spend time with God away from all distractions. One of my favorite statements in the book is "Discipleship means becoming like Jesus, not just filling our heads with knowledge, and it is not something we can do without dying to ourselves." p54

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Lindsey

    Become a Jedi I love this book. It's about cutting through all of the noise (static) in our lives and becoming a true disciple (Jedi) of Christ. An awesome book for small groups. Become a Jedi I love this book. It's about cutting through all of the noise (static) in our lives and becoming a true disciple (Jedi) of Christ. An awesome book for small groups.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Drew Carson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Awesome book. Helps you focus on living life without the noise and learning to operate like Jesus did.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Davraena

    This book has a lot of thought provoking questions and outlines practical steps to take in your spiritual journey.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Gerbers

    I like text that challenges me. This one did. Therefore, 4 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ken Lester

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beacon - A BrandStar Company

  23. 5 out of 5

    Keisel Van

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Briquelle Bowden

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jonny Farrell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hall

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Moran

  29. 5 out of 5

    CARLA McMurry-Kozak

  30. 5 out of 5

    Molly Blesi

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