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An eye opener
February 13, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.