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Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy Paperback – January 26, 2016
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I don’t know when or how busyness became a status symbol, but I am so glad that in Breaking Busy, Alli Worthington is calling us all back to a better way of living! (JON ACUFF, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck)
Breaking Busy speaks into the life of every woman who strives to spend her time, energy, and talents on the most important priorities in her life. As a working-mother authority, Alli Worthington transparently guides her readers through her own life transitions and tough choices, sharing her insights in both a thoughtful and whimsical way. This book brilliantly combines storytelling with action planning for life-impacting change. Breaking Busy is a must-read for every busy woman searching for peace and purpose amidst the demands of a crazy life! (DEE ANN TURNER, Vice President, Corporate Talent, Chick-fil-A, Inc.; author of It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture)
Alli Worthington has learned the difference between simply having a full life and truly experiencing life to the full. She shares her secrets in this warm, funny, and wise book that will help all of us finally trade “busy” for God’s very best. (HOLLEY GERTH, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of You’re Already Amazing)
Breaking Busy is a great read for women who feel like they don’t have quite enough hours in the day to finish their to-do list --- in other words, most of us! Alli’s voice is authentic and witty, plus her content is uber-practical. Whether you’re a harried mom with french fries littering the floor boards of your minivan or a high-level executive with more meetings than your iCal can keep up with, this book will help you navigate the next season of your life with significantly less stress and a lot more genuinely relaxed smiles. (LISA HARPER, Bible teacher, adoptive mom, and author of Believing Jesus: Are You Willing to Risk Everything)
Alli Worthington strikes you as the kind of girl who can have and do it all. She’s remarkably successful, juggles a wild and crazy family, and yet manages to always show up looking smart and snappy. If I didn’t know her better I would be intimidated! But here is the truth: Alli is one of the most genuine, thoughtful, strong, and stable women I know. Her book Breaking Busy is an honest, insightful, and hilarious telling of her own journey to (as the subtitle says) “find peace and purpose in a world of crazy.” Read it and know you’re not alone and that you too can break busy. (JENNI CATRON, leadership coach and author of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership)
No offense to anyone else, but I think Alli Worthington might have written this book just for me. I needed Breaking Busy! --- but I’m not alone. This book is practical, yes, but it’s also wise and warm, like a good friend who helps us all to find the real way forward into a life less busy and more fulfilling. (SARAH BESSEY, author of Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith)
The secret to a life of fulfillment is all about getting off the busy train. In Breaking Busy, Alli Worthington will show you just how to ban busy, live better, and laugh all the way home. (CLAIRE DIAZ-ORTIZ, author and Silicon Valley innovator)
Alli Worthington’s Breaking Busy is a breath of fresh air. Her honest storytelling and practical advice will resonate with any person who has uttered the words “I’m so busy!” (JESSICA N. TURNER, author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You)
About the Author
Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli co-founded BlissDom Events and has helped 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, rescued dog and cat who moved onto their doorstep. You can connect with Alli at AlliWorthington.com
Top Customer Reviews
Just look at the chapter topics: Capacity. Relationships. Calling. Editing. Thoughts. Traditions. Time. Decisions. Communication. Worth. Those are all relevant to everyday life – the routines and motions that make up our usual days and the bigger picture of life. It’s when we slow down enough in our ordinary days that God gives us a glimpse of the big picture – of what he has for us. “Breaking Busy” reminded me that God has me where he wants me, but trying to control everything around me conflicts with my calling to serve him.
Later in the book, Alli talks about how she had to make a choice about believing God – and that’s a choice we all have to make if we’re going to let go of the desire to control our lives. She also contrasts worry and anxiety – which is important for all the pressure society puts on us to be more, look better, exercise more, eat this and not that, be there and here at the same time, and maintain perfection in the process.
We can’t be all things to all people, but we can be our best selves to the people who matter most and the people God calls us to serve. We can have hard days and still be grateful for what we have and where we are. Like Alli said, “Gratitude is the antidote to anxiety.” The last few years have been packed with lessons on letting go, not worshiping productivity, trusting God and believing his promises, and choosing joy. And this book ties so much of that together for me.
However, Alli does share many helpful lessons that she learned along the way that anyone can relate to. As she addresses her need for better time management, she talks about relationships, calling, choices, worry, expectations, decision-making, communicating, and finding your worth. "Breaking Busy" progresses almost chronologically through Alli's life, explaining how she dealt with each of these things along the way. She shares a lot of scripture, prayers, and advice from Christian friends and writers. I enjoyed her practical applications and was able to glean new insights from her use of things like a "Time Diary" (pg. 140) and a "Stop-Doing List" (pg. 146).Read more ›
Why the snail pace? Because I wanted to think through, pray over, and really USE the tips in this book.
Alli finds that sweet Trifecta of Awesome all self-help books strive for (but very rarely actually reach).
1. It’s fun to read. Alli has a great personality that pops through in the first 20 pages. (The vibrating cell-phone bra in the middle of the airport - totally related that that.)
2. It emotionally connects. There were so many good quotes in this book. It felt good, to read something and feel like the author GOT IT. She was speaking the language of my crazy so-called life.
3. It gives you stuff to do. I’m a git ‘r done kind of gal. It’s not enough for me to finish a book and say, “that felt good”. I want ACTION. I want SOLUTIONS. This book offers exactly that. On every chapter. It’s refreshing to not only feel like someone feels what you’re going through, but can actually help you FIX it.
Well done, Alli! So thankful that this book exists. I’ve picked up another copy for my sister. Looking forward to the next one! *hint hint* :-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book came to me at just the right time! I am so thankful that Alli listened to the promoting of the Holy Spirit! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sheila Harmon
Have you ever done something, only to realize halfway into it that you needed to reevaluate your priorities? That's exactly what happened to me after reading 'Breaking Busy. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Stacey Thureen
This is an excellent book for any woman who is just busy. Alli Worthington uses humor and her experience to give really practical solutions to make life less busy and more... Read morePublished 7 days ago by BetweenCities
As a psychologist who has written about time management extensively, I was pleasantly surprised by the author's treatment of the subject. This isn't a just-use-this-app book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. R. Wilson
If you're feeling overwhelmed and you don't know how to tame the busy, you should take a look at this book. Read morePublished 11 days ago by A. Pelser
The tagline of Breaking Busy is "How to Find Peace & Purpose in a World of Crazy" and that is exactly what Ali does. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Bailey
Loved this book! Loved her transparency and her writing style. The cell phone story at the beginning literally had me laughing loudly! Read morePublished 13 days ago by April Jones
Breaking Busy is an easy, fun read, but ironically, when life got busy, I had trouble finishing it. The author has an approachable writing voice that's bright with warmth and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer