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Just Too Busy: Taking your Family on a Radical Sabbatical Paperback – June 1, 2011
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She's appeared on Focus on the Family, Family Life today, CBN News, The Harvest Show and more.
A lifelong Californian, Joanne recently said "YES!" to a God-sized adventure and moved with her family to the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee where they've happily traded soy milk and arugula for sweat tea and biscuits.
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Joanne Kraft offers a thought-provoking and doable alternative. In her humorous, yet down-to-earth book, she chronicles her family's adventures of going on a radical sabbatical.
The results amazed me. Not only what her husband and children did and said during and after, but also the value added to each of their lives. I greatly enjoyed and profited from reading Just Too Busy.
One of the best treats about Joanne's book (in my goofy gal opinion), is that she's funny! Take these lines for instance, "`Paul, I'm going to write a book one day'". Getting no answer, I yelled through my garbled mouthful of toothpaste and spit for emphasis, just in case he hadn't heard me." Made me laugh! Especially the "spit for emphasis" part. Yeah, I loved that. :)
If you are running ragged and are desperate to enjoy your family again... or if you want to be sure you never end up there! Read this book! :)
Kraft spends only 5 of the 20 chapters really talking about their radical sabbatical. The rest of the book is spent on how busy our society is, the dangers of busyness, and the value of saying no to busyness. I would have loved to see the ratios switched and read more about their adventure of a radical sabbatical. I would be curious as to how they filled their time, what new things they did, besides just the family field trips. Did they do anything as individuals, such as church youth activities. The concept of saying no to every extra activity was new and unique. I know of people who have only allowed their kids to do one activity at a time, but never have I heard of people cutting out all activities altogether.
The idea of this book intrigued me, but it didn't deliver like it could have. So I give this book 3.5 stars.
I received this book free from First Wild Card Tours for the purpose of this review.
That's what makes JUST TOO BUSY so valuable.
The tone of the book is not judgmental. Joanne Kraft guides the reader by sharing a closing prayer that the reader can use to seek God's wisdom on each particular area, and then asking some questions for the reader to discern what small changes she can make.
I loved this book. Joanne is funny and real and realistic. She doesn't live in some alternate universe totally cut off from the rest of society. She's real. Her kids are real. But she make a big radical change in response to the disconnect that she saw in her family, and helps readers identify the areas in their families that might need some tweaking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joanne Kraft tells of her family's radical idea to stop doing so many things and instead spend time together. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cheryl R. Swenson
I got this book through the library and want to make sure others have a more balanced perspective before spending time on this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K.
The first couple of chapters were great, but the remainder of the book was about what the author learned from her radical sabbatical. Read morePublished 23 months ago by MJCJ
Wow! After reading this book, I think all families might be in need of a radical sabbatical (in one form or another, that is). Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Jenny Lee Sulpizio
I Loved reading this book. So interesting and funny too. Looking at how busy everyone is in the family and making a big change is great. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Tazzie
Point: Joanne Kraft shows how detrimental overly-busy lives can be, and what her family did to be pro-active in that area. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by S. Grotzke
I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book as there are days when I feel like we are constantly running. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Laura O
Joanne's transparency in Just Too Busy is not only refreshing but fun filled. Her stories, blended with wit and sarcasm, give insightful, helpful tips, to help families break free... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Danie Marie
For all those stressed out, exhausted, frustrated Mom's that feel that there is no end in sight. (except maybe waiting for your kids to turn 18). This book is for you! Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by lady Kristine