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Have you ever felt like a fraud or failure as you struggle to find balance in life? Do you find yourself juggling everything in mediocrity and feeling like youre succeeding at very little? In her no-nonsense way, Alli Worthington tackles the big questions about finding happiness and ones God-given purpose.
Breaking Busy marries popular secular research from the fields of social and positive psychology with solid biblical principles, instilling readers with the confidence that they, too, can move from crazy busy to confident calm. With refreshing candor, uproarious true stories, and a Christian worldview, Alli delivers truths that dismantle common happiness myths. Then she empowers readers to get unstuck, to let go of the good to make way for the great, to know themselves and their Creator, and ultimately to find peace and purpose in this world of crazy.
Learn how to stop chasing what leaves you empty and start doing what you were created to do. Identify the common lies you believe and how to strip their power from your life. Recognize how what you say no to determines what you can say yes to. With relatable anecdotes, Alli models for readers real-life guidance on boundaries, relationships, and self-care, humbly examining her own mistakes and walking them through how she learned from her missteps and found peace in a world of busyness.
If you long to find real connection in an age of over-connectedness, with both your loved ones and your Creator, Alli Worthington deftly balances intelligent humility and heartwarming humor to help you rediscover your path.
Alli Worthington helps people be successful in life and business. She is an advisor, speaker, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. As an executive and entrepreneurial coach, Alli helps individuals, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli's no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting, and balance has led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, and a pampered rescued dog. You can connect with Alli at AlliWorthington.com
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Cliched and unrelatableApril 9, 2016Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2In our crazy fast-paced world, what's the one word we use most often? Busy. How are you? Busy. How was your week? Busy. What have you been doing? Everything! We live busy lives in a busy world where the key word is... (you guessed it)... busy!
But does it have to be that way?
Where we really created to just be busy?
Or have we settled for less than God's absolute best?
These questions and more Alli Worthington tackles in her book, Breaking Busy. Written with a coaching/mentor voice and sprinkled with humor, Breaking Busy seeks to explore why our lives are so busy and how to alleviate that. Filled with personal stories, Worthington takes her readers on a journey of liberating themselves from the trapping of a busy culture.
Although Worthington tries, Breaking Busy just failed to grab my attention. Filled with cliches, this book rehashed lots of advice that many of us have already heard and incorporated (or tried to incorporate) in our lives. Setting priorities, checking with our spouse and family before rushing forward, and praying through decisions are among some of the steps that Worthington suggests for Breaking Busy. Most of her advice is too elementary to be worth revisiting.
And let's talk about the title. Have to say that I fought reviewing this book for a long time simply because of the title. "Breaking Busy" is remarkably close to very popular TV show with unquestionably immoral characters. And because of that close association it felt like the author was trying to capitalize on the popularity of that particular TV show.
Maybe if I'd read this book 10 years ago, I would have a different opinion. But at this point in my life, mid-30's and 3 kids, the reality is a mortgage and commitments outside of what I want just for me. Life is about priorities and balance. And right now, finishing the end of this book is not a priority.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
Alison4 Stars Out Of 5A challenge & encouragement to REAL Living.March 1, 2016AlisonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I loved Allis writing about living well, beyond the frantic pace for productivity. She shares much of her own story, wading through seasons of self-employment, mothering, blogging, helping run a company. She asked herself and the reader good, hard questions. She is She is honest and funny. Her practical suggestions are hard-earned from her own life.
Then I laid my forehead down on the table and began to cry. I grumbled angrily and told God how hard everything was. How I was scared and afraid.
And then he whispered to my spirit,
Get up and live like you believe that I am going to take care of you.
In just a few words, he straightened me out and made me realize what probably was clear to anyone around me but was a revelation to me.
I was miserable because I didnt trust him. My worries were born out of my need to be in control, my desire to know what was next in my life, and a lack of gratitude for the grace he had already given me. (102-103)
The words the Lord gave Alli have echoed in my head every since I read her book. Do I live like I actually believe the Lord is going to take care of me? Does my schedule and my plans look like I believe that? This book challenged me and encouraged me. If youre struggling to find balance in your life and are tired of living running from one thing to the next, Id definitely recommend this book. Alli balances her recommendations for changing with Scripture. 4/5 for me.
*Zondervan Publishers and BookLook Bloggers have provided me with a complimentary copy of Breaking Busy, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Worth a readFebruary 23, 2016Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Alli Worthington built an empire in the blogging world and then walked away from it all. Through this book, she takes us on the journey of building that empire, the decision to close it and walk away, and the path God took her on following that decision. Intertwined in that story is the basic concept of how to slush away all the extra in our lives that keeps us crazy busy. Alli has some great tips for slowing down our lives, communicating with others, and following God through it all. A great read. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Peace and Purpose in a World of CrazyFebruary 15, 2016Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
There are times when our kids surprise us or even surpass us with their insight. This was certainly the case with my youngest son:
Its too much, he said. Ive got all this music to learn for honors band. Im buying a sheep. I want to work with Cyprus (his 4-H heifer). Im not going to audition for the play.
Alli Worthington would call that moment of clarity an edit a proactive edit: making a change in advance, before things get out of control. Breaking Busy is Allis invitation to hop out of the hamster wheel, an important read for grown ups (like me) who have yet to learn our limits.
For instance, are you displaying any of these signs of exceeding your capacity?
Inability to control your emotions
Lack of self-care
Self-medicating and excess
Neglecting important relationships
Help is offered at the end of each chapter with Action Steps in the form of questions to ponder and apply to the process of breaking the habit of busy.
However, real and lasting change is more than simply doing less. Its about doing the things that nurture strong relationships, that help us to zero in on our unque calling in a world with too many options. Breaking the addiction to busy is a choice to live in peace and to focus on what is true and what is positive, (Philippians 4:8).
Breaking Busy involves tempering our own expectations and those of our family so that we can live with ourselves and accomplish the things that bring the most joy, the things that encourage our loved ones to purposefully follow Jesus.
A favorite quote from Breaking Busy comes from Brene Brown:
Choose discomfort over resentment.
The momentary awkwardness of a gracious no is far better than the long term knot in my stomach that comes with a misplaced yes. The question that remains, however, is this: how does one make good decisions about the distribution of those precious yeses to the waiting world? Alli has developed a decision-making framework which is available here (with all kinds of other resources and goodies), and consists of the Five Fs of eliminating analysis paralysis.
1. Faith Seek wisdom from God.
2.Family How will this decision effect those closest to you?
3.Future Will this choice lead you to who you want to become?
4.Fulfillment Does this fit in with your calling and help you realize your goals?
5.Friends Seek counsel from those who have earned the right to speak into your life.
Healthy and effective communication skills are also key to breaking busy. This includes not letting your phone be the boss of you and excusing all loved ones from the responsibility for reading your mind.
We perpetuate the lifestyle of busy, because we think we have something to prove to ourselves and to the world.
See how important I am?
See how much I am needed?
Breaking Busy is a call to slow down, to find self-worth in doing only what we can accomplish with grace and in the will of God.
The choice is clear: a busy life (of frazzled and crazy) OR a full life, the life God has called you to.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full, John 10:10.
This book was provided by Zondervan through the BookLookBloggers program, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Breaking that need to be busyJanuary 27, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We love to be busy. It is intoxicating, making us feel we are important. But what if we are so busy we are missing God's best for us?
Worthington writes about her own experience when she and her husband realized they were too busy. They were doing good things, things people needed help with. She also realized they had exceeded their capacity limit.
She helps us identify the signs of being crazy busy, such as out-of-control emotions and lack of self-care. She helps us understand and embrace our limits and what life looks like when we are where God designed us to be. She shares the importance of a relationship with God and how to cultivate it. She helps us develop a life centered on our passions and gifts.
Worthington has great insights into how God directs our lives. She gives good strategies for dealing with breaking that being busy habit, such as overcoming negative thoughts. She includes great ideas for setting boundaries on our time and for making good decisions. I was surprised but pleased that she gives us permission to disappoint people. She also explores good, clear, and honest communication and has lots of good ideas to develop it. The teaching I appreciated most was how to deal with low self-esteem or worth when those are based on our being busy.
I really appreciate Worthington's book. Hers is not a wonderful success story of having it all together. She shares her struggles with anxiety and wrong thinking. She shares lessons learned, like being busy or trying to keep up with the Jones will never bring us the peace we can only find in our relationship with God. (45)
No matter where you are on the road of breaking busy, this is a good book to read. You'll be confronted with the signs of being too busy and you'll have suggestions as to how to deal with it. She gives you the good news that you do not have to live in the world of crazy busy. There is hope and reading this book will get you on the way to that sweet spot of living the life God designed.
Food for thought: Staying connected to God is what keeps me operating within my capacity and what helps me understand that God made me with limitations on purpose. (32)
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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