Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives

Life in modern day America is essentially devoid of time and space. Not the Star Trek kind. The sanity kind. Chronic overloading is the culprit: margin is the cure.

This best-seller explains what margin is, why it is important, how it disappeared, and steps to get it back. Margin is the space between our load and our limits and is related to our reserves and resilience. It is a buffer, a leeway, a gap; the place we go to heal, to relate, to reflect, to recharge our batteries, to focus on the things that matter most.

Margin offers seventy-five practical prescriptions for restoring margin in the essential areas of emotional energy, physical energy, time, and finances. Margin restores what culture has taken away: time to listen, strength to care, space to love.

See reviews below


Dallas Willard:
Dr. Swenson guides us into an intelligent refusal to be overwhelmed by the stress epidemic surrounding us. He presents practical guidance to help us deal with overload. His advice is indispensable for health and sanity today and opens the way for serious discipline and growth in the spiritual life.

Armand Nicholi, Jr., MD:
With the experience and insight of an astute clinician, Dr. Swenson offers an abundance of thoughtful, constructive steps to overcome the pressures of contemporary life that impair our efforts to attain balance and find inner peace. Margin provides valuable suggestions to every reader interested in physical and emotional health.

David L. Stevens, MD:
Dr. Swenson is the most insightful diagnostician I know on the worldwide epidemic of overload. More importantly, he knows the cure! His prescriptions in Margin will rebalance your life, restore your relationships, and renew your joy. I recommend this resource for everyone over age four living in America today.

Tim Kimmel:
If contentment made house calls, its advice would be 'increase your reserves.' In his timely book, Dr. Swenson offers the perfect prescription for our hurried lives. Margin is a home remedy for people who've run out of time, energy, confidence, and courage.

Jay Kesler:
That Dick Swenson has continued to educate readers on the guiding principles of his life and Christian ministry is both needed and exciting. This book remains a great inspiration and practical help to all who read it.

John Pearson:
Provocative and profound! Dr. Swenson’s wisdom and warnings about restoring balance and stewarding time is both sobering and stimulating. This is a keeper.