There’s no doubt that you’ll encounter a lot of worldliness when flipping through the pages of a book on how to be productive. Very few are explicitly geared towards Christians – and instead, most focus on helping the reader make more money or feel less stressed.
In many books, the supreme goal in life is the worldly vision of relaxing on a beach, sipping cocktails, and reminiscing about how your time management has allowed you to accomplish so much.
Other resources do have vaguely spiritual aspects – which is usually more troublesome since they often hint at a non-Christian spirituality. Some are influenced by eastern mysticism, Taoism, and Zen Buddhist philosophies. Some incredibly popular ones are tied heavily into New Age religions.
Further Trouble: Author Spirituality
To add another element into the mix, many of the authors of these methods have backgrounds in New Age movements, Mormonism, Buddhism, and a host of other religions. Sometimes the author’s religion is obvious; sometimes it’s not.
So there’s definitely some potential bad stuff out there. But the larger question remains: How should Christians react to these materials?