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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.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Beacon Hill Press
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
A Woman's Secret to a Balanced Life: Finding God's Refreshing Priorities for YouSharon Jaynes, Lysa TerKeurstHarvest House Publishers / 2004 / Trade Paperback$7.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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"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
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 Krafts 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