Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical  -     By: Joanne Kraft
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Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical

Beacon Hill Press / 2011 / Paperback

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Just Too Busy is the true story of the Kraft family's head-on collision with busyness and the twelve-month experiment that changed their lives. When their children could recite the dollar value meals at McDonalds faster than their times-tables, they knew something was very wrong. So, instead of continuing their bad habits and fitting more into their schedules, they took a year off from all activities and learned how to be a family again.

In this book, readers will laugh their way to learning the ten tell-tale signs that they are too busy and discover the symptoms for a common disorder known to moms today: A.D.D. (Activity Denial Disorder). Families will find simple ways to guard themselves from the temptation of constant distraction.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Beacon Hill Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0834126095
ISBN-13: 9780834126091
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Publisher's Description

'Joanne Kraft always comes through with milk out the nose humor that is honest, authentic, and even educational She's one of my favorite writers.'--James N. Watkins Award-winning author and editor of Vista Just Too Busy is the story of the Kraft family's head-on collision with busyness and the 12-month experiment that changed their lives. When their children could recite the dollar value meals at McDonald s faster than the times-tables, Joanne and Paul Kraft knew something was very wrong. So, instead of continuing their busyness habit and fitting more into their schedules, they took a year off from all extracurricular activities and learned how to be a family again. In this book, readers will laugh their way to learning the 10 telltale signs that they're just too busy and find the courage to guard their families from the temptation of constant distraction.

Author Bio

Joanne Kraft is a speaker and writer of several articles. Kraft has been published in Today's Christian Woman, ParentLife, In Touch, and P31 Woman. She has served as Marriage Study Leader, Group Leader of Inspire Christian Writers, and 911 Dispatcher in El Dorado County, California. She is married and has four children.

Endorsements

"Author Joanne Kraft asks provocative questions in her compelling new book ... in which she shares her family's antidote to the consuming marathon of life -- a year-long adventure in togetherness resulting in a renewal of family love, respect, and intimacy."
Karen O'Connor, Author and speaker, Gettin' Old Ain' For Wimps and , Lord! I'm Having a Senior Moment

"Joanne Kraft always comes through with 'milk out the nose' humor that is honest, authentic, and even educational! She's one of my favorite writers."
James N. Watkins, Award-winning author and editor of Vista

"If you feel like someone pressed fast-forward on your life, this is the book for you."
Glynnis Whitwer, Editor of P31 Woman Magazine, Author of When Your Child is Hurting and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home

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In Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical, Joanne Kraft tells us that today's families tend to run a rat race. Kraft's own family ran this marathon of mayhem until the day she and her husband decided to pull their family out of all extracurricular activities for one year. Throughout her book Kraft shares how this radical approach allowed her family to build a simpler, healthier, happier lifestyle.

The book is divided into five sections that outline the Kraft family's learning experience: "Busy," "Breakthrough," "Beware," "Build," and "Blessing." Each section provides advice on how to halt chaos and refocus family life in a way that glorifies God. Kraft, a contributor to magazines such as Today's Christian Woman, In Touch, and Parent Life, writes in a conversational style that avoids preaching and engages the reader. As a mother of four children, Kraft brings plenty of personal experience and insight to her topic.

According to Kraft, a good sign of an overloaded family is a frazzled mother who lives on 8-minute meals and 4.2 second devotionals. The real problem, Kraft explains, is not just that families are busy. At the root of the issue is the fact that families are too busy to spend time with God and with one another. Such an obsession with extracurricular activities can evolve into an unhealthy stress addiction that Kraft describes as Activity Denial Disorder. Kraft struggled with this condition for some time. "When I was no longer in denial about my addiction to busyness, I was much more receptive to seeking ways to slow down," she writes in Chapter 2. The overall premise of Kraft’s book upholds the principle of Isaiah 46:10, which says, "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (NIV).

From starting line to final stretch, this book is a delight. But make no mistake. Although Kraft's writing entertains, her message is convicting and will provide readers with a clear understanding of how and why priorities should be readjusted. I highly recommend this book to all frazzled mothers and fathers, or anyone willing to be challenged to drop out of the rat race and step into a radical, wonderful walk with God. – Kari Lynn Travis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Renee
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An eye opener
    February 13, 2013
    Renee
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book really opened my eyes to all the sneaky ways our schedule can fill up with stuff. Too much of a good thing (even bible studies, volunteering and church-related) can be too much. Anything that distracts us from what is truly important is too much.
  2. Shannon Dittemore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good For The Soul
    July 9, 2011
    Shannon Dittemore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This is a fabulous little book full of wisdom and humor. When Joanne Kraft took her family on a radical break from all things extra curricular, she had no idea she'd be influencing so many. While reading her story, and that of her family, I knew my soul was chewing on some good stuff.

    Her words strengthened me, they made me cry, and they made me laugh... lots. And while the meat of her book is robust, it's the approachable voice and care with which she delivers her experience that keeps you turning the pages.

    I fell in love with her family and with her heart and I know readers all over will too. Read it. Your soul will thank you.
  3. Charlotte
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for busy moms!
    June 21, 2011
    Charlotte
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    If I could get into a time machine and travel back several years to when my five boys were young, I would take this book with me, and there would certainly be some changes made in our daily routine.

    That familiar statement, "time stops for no one," is true, but time can, in a sense, slow down for those who choose to eliminate some of the busyness that takes their days hostage.

    In her book, Joanne speaks to those moms and dads who feel they are being held captive to activity and are in bondage to the busyness in their lives. Basically all moms and dads! She covers some tough areas of parenting and offers real solutions to busyness problems that not only affect our children, but have pierced through the heart of society. As the daughter of a "hard-charging Marine" she doesn't beat around the bush, but brings the truth right out in the open; using her gift of humor and a good helping of God's Word.

    The pages of this book are filled with the true story of how one family put their foot on the break of busyness and stopped their out of control schedule from running away with their lives. Kraft encourages other families to slow down, take time out, and enjoy the simple things - enjoy their time together. You will find yourself easily identifying with this author as she takes you with her on a radical journey through her family's twelve month sabbatical from their over-active lifestyle. A Radical Sabbatical.

    The chapters are written in an easy format for readers to digest, and end with straight forward questions that gives the reader an opportunity to apply what they have learned to their own busy life. This book will challenge you, encourage you, and equip you to do something the rest of the world may see as radical - to say "yes" to the best, and "no" to the rest.

    I don't have a time machine, so there won't be any going back for me. That is one of the points of this book - you only get one chance to raise your children, no trial runs, no do overs. I would recommend this book to all parents and grandparents who want to leave a legacy of peace and joy on the branches of their family tree and not just blurred memories of activity.
  4. Dana Sudboro
    Rocklin, CA
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    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deliciously funny…soberingly real
    May 7, 2011
    Dana Sudboro
    Rocklin, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Many a mom has wished for a twenty-five-hour day. To get an extra hour of sleep. Or catch up on urgent tasks.

    Joanne Kraft offers a thought-provoking and doable alternative. In her humorous, yet down-to-earth book, she chronicles her family's adventures of going on a radical sabbatical.

    The results amazed me. Not only what her husband and children did and said during and after, but also the value added to each of their lives. I greatly enjoyed and profited from reading Just Too Busy.
  5. ElizabethMThompson
    California
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Insights into Overcoming Busyness
    May 2, 2011
    ElizabethMThompson
    California
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    Gender: female
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    Ask any mom about her family and her answer will most likely include the word "busy." All families are busy, and sometimes in all the activity we lose sight of what really matters: family bonding, deepening our faith and preparing our children for adulthood.

    When Joanne Kraft looked at her family's crazy schedule and realized it had gotten out of control, she did something RADICAL about it. She and her family took a one year time out. They said NO to all the activities that pulled them in a million directions at once. And they said YES to creating family memories, growing in their faith and developing the tools their children would need as they grow into adulthood.

    Before I read Just Too Busy, I thought the author was going to try to coerce me into saying NO to all outside activities, and I wasn't sure that would work for my family. But I didn't feel that way at all. Reading Just Too Busy provided me with small steps I could take to cut back on activities and focus our family time around our goals. The book is written with humor and empathy by a woman who understands the pulls of a busy family and the need to set healthy limits around the busy-ness.
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