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Publication Date: 2017
Are you working harder than ever but feel like youre accomplishing less?
Does your morning routine make chickens running around headless look sane?
Is your deepest sense of calm found in the bathroom with the door locked?
Do you check social media more than five times per day? Per hour?
Author, speaker, and actor Nicole Johnson knows what its like to feel as if youre drowning in crazy. When she couldnt catch her breath or stay awake long enough to talk with her husband, let alone God, she sought to find new ways of "being" in her life. Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy is a voice of possibility and peace for women seeking to find a calm spiritual center in a crazy, runaway world. As a wife and mom of young children herself, Nicole recognized that life had become out of control. And, with the help of a crisis, she started her journey to create the very calm she was craving.
Nicoles voice is authentic, humorous, and practical, and at the same time deeply spiritual and real. She brings rich storytelling together with her desire to find calm, and in the process discovers a deeper faith. Her personal story grounds the book as she abandons mere tips and tricks (and the empty promises of time saving apps), to explore new practices like creating a room of her own, setting technology boundaries, rediscovering the spiritual disciplines of quiet and still (theyre not bad words) and then extending those practices to provide a safer, stronger refuge for calm to dwell.
Nicoles journey is shared with relatable stories, insightful help, and practical ideas that explore the inner life of a recovering crazy busy woman finding her way to calm and a deeper relationship with God.
Nicole Johnson, author of Fresh Brewed Life, has a uniquely creative voice. As an accomplished writer, speaker, and actor, Nicole has performed in thousands of churches and venues over the last twenty-five years, including more than a decade of touring with the national conference Women of Faith. Nicole lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two children.
Nicole writes regularly at www.nicolejohnson.org
Lyndsey3 Stars Out Of 5Need some calm in the crazy?July 3, 2017LyndseyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I have followed Nicole Johnson's work for quite awhile and have been very blessed by her dramatic work. I have also enjoyed some of her earlier books, but this was not my favorite. When I pick up a book along this subject, I want the author to give specific suggestions and input about putting more calm in the crazy. While there are helpful suggestions like creating boundaries and giving yourself quiet time, it wasn't enough for me to be super happy with this boo. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Michelle2 Stars Out Of 5So Promising, But So Deeply DisappointingJune 12, 2017MichelleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1What is the answer to finding calm in the midst of a harried life? Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy by Nicole Johnson starts out promising with an honest look at how many moms take on too many tasks and through multitasking we become faster at doing certain things, but slower at accomplishing anything. The first half of the book examines such a busy life and how often there must be a crisis before change can occur. The second half of the book starts going deeper into an action plan to find calm. Here, I found the author has some good suggestions like keeping secure boundaries and spending time in quiet. However, the author relies heavily on imagery like Create a room of your own, a mental place of strength and beauty that can become a home for your soul. Such suggestions are given with barely any mention of Christ or the power of prayer in producing calm. As someone who studied psychology at the graduate level, I love psychology and believe in it can be a tool used according to Biblical principles. However, the power of God to transform ones life was missing from this book, making it like any other self-help book . This not what I have come to expect from a publisher like Zondervan and I was deeply disappointed in the conclusion of a book that held such promise. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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