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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780834126091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834126091
  • ASIN: 0834126095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

This summer she moved with her family from California to the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. A recovering busy mom of four - she's hard at work on her next nonfiction book: The Mean Mom's Guide to Raising Great Kids.

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

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Shannon Renee Dittemore
If you're busy taking your kids here and there, and just too busy to read ... STOP, this book is definitely for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine Pedersen on May 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kay on May 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LSK on June 23, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Tornai on May 24, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danie Marie on July 25, 2011
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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 from the captivity of activity and move toward a more dynamic family experience. You'll learn how to create joy filled family memories. If you're busy taking your kids here and there, and just too busy to read ... STOP, this book is definitely for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CindyBeall on June 22, 2011
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Joanne did a great job on this book! What a challenge she undertook with her family - to do no extracurricular activities for a year and simply be a family. Wow. If you find that you are meeting yourself coming and going and spending more time in your car going through drive-thrus than you do at home, you should read this book. If you think that you are doing fine, read it anyway. You just might realize that your family needs to slow down before it gets really bad. Buy it today!!! Oh and she offers a free leader's guide on her website (joannekraft.com) should you want to do it for a small group discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim on June 20, 2011
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Are you busy? Are you a parent? Then your answer is YES!! With 2 active boys my life has been spent running from activity to activity and DAYS started turning into YEARS. I was ready for some advice on how to slow down and enjoy the moments before they are gone. Joanne offers wonderful insight into how she and her husband tackled their busy lives with 4 children. Each chapter is well written, and offers advice on what the Kraft family implemented and then gives suggestions on several ways you can tackle busyness in your life. The most refreshing thing is that Joanne is not judgemental or assertive in her advice. She often expresses her understanding that many families will not want to be as extreme as they were and then offers relatable advice for everyone. This book is a MUST read for anyone who is a parent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 18, 2011
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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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