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About the Author

JOANNE KRAFT loves to encourage women. A sought-after speaker, Kraft has been published in Today s Christian Woman, In Touch, ParentLife, Kyria, and P31 Woman Magazine. She serves as marriage study leader, leader of Inspire Christian Writers, and a 911 dispatcher in Sacramento County, California. She is married and has four children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834126095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834126091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Kraft has a passion for encouraging women. A sought-after speaker, Kraft has been published in Today's Christian Woman, Thriving Familiy, In Touch, ParentLife, Kyria and P31 Woman Magazine.

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.

Sign up for her monthly newsletter at JoanneKraft.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter @JoanneKraft.

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You'll find Joanne Kraft's book very relevant to the fast-paced life we seem to find ourselves racing through. Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical provides a private look at Kraft's own family as they un-plugged from things (TV, sports, computer, music, etc.) that tear us away from a rich and close family experience. Her humorous look at each situation will have you laughing as Kraft pokes fun at herself with wit and sarcasm. You will take away ideas to bring closeness and a new approach to doing family in your home.
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Many a mom has wished for a twenty-five-hour day. To get an extra hour of sleep. Or catch up on urgent tasks.

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.
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Joanne and her family were at the end of their rope, so to speak, when they made the decision to go on what she calls a "radical sabbatical", and their lives radically changed! I really believe this book will begin to reunite families! Just Too Busy doesn't stop with slowing down and trimming activities... It's about making your home a haven of rest for your family. Joanne's book will help you to discover beauty and value in less common activities. Activities that don't numb the brain and dull the relationships.

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! :)
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Although it was many years ago, I remember the years when I was the family taxi driver, policeman, cook and mom. I met myself going and coming, taking kids to football and cheerleading practice, church, music lessons and have dinner on the table before bedtime. Praise God for pizza joints! Today I see my kids doing the same with their kids. Joanne Kraft and her husband experienced burnout from this kind of lifestyle and took their family on a radical sabbatical. They actually withdrew from activities, turned off the TV and spent time together AND lived to tell about it. If you are stuck in the time crunch, you won't want to miss reading Just Too Busy. Besides giving you hope for your hurry-up schedule, it will inspire you to better relationships with your spouse and kids.
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Do you ever feel like our author did? She described her family's crazy schedule by saying she was a "daytime zombie in a minivan, shuttling children back and forth from soccer practice to dance lessons and from Girls Scouts to baseball games." Our culture expects us to stay busy. Kids are looked at as strange if they aren't enrolled in sports, music/art, and every other activity that keeps them busy all day long. From after school activities to summer day camps, family time is being spent running around ferrying our kids to every place imaginable and eating on the run instead of enjoying family meals around the table together. This is where Joanne Kraft's idea of a radical sabbatical comes into play. She and her family gave up every activity that that required them to run the kids around for one full year. Instead they had family time, and a specific day each month that was carved out for family field trips.

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.
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That's right -- you can make small changes and reap some of the same benefits, and I think that's the beauty of this book. Some may be moved to completely cut everything out for one year as Joanne Kraft does, but honestly that would be overwhelming and offensive to most readers.

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.
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