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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434768880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434768889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Kroeker graduated from Indiana University as an English Major with a creative writing emphasis. She launched her freelance writing career as a young adult and has been working for over two decades as a writer, editor, and most recently as a writing coach. Author of two books, co-author of one, and editor for both Tweetspeak Poetry and The High Calling, Ann is a sought-after resource for editorial guidance. She continues to explore new writing opportunities, speak in a range of venues, maintain connections in the publishing world, and work with writers to help them take the next step in their writing careers.

Ann can be found on twitter (@annkroeker), Facebook (annkroeker.writingcoach), Google+ and LinkedIn, has taught writing to high school students for five years, and maintains her own blog at annkroeker.com.

She laughs loudly and prays often, living a life full of wonder and curiosity. She also drinks a lot of tea.

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You can find a lot of talk around the Internet and news about the busyness of life, and the busyness of families. We live in a 24/7 world that never shuts down. Email and cell phones have made our lives "easier", but they've also made us accessible 24/7. In the drive to succeed, many of us put our children in as many activities as we can, hoping to make them into better people. Is that necessary? It's your decision. In this book, however, Ann Kroeker has had the courage to step up and say, no it isn't necessary.

In her book she talks about the effects that an overcommitted culture can have on our families. Her perspective is Christian and she shares her own story about how embracing a slower pace of life has impacted her family in positive ways. I love the parts where she talks about the importance of letting children have a somewhat unstructured childhood, and encouraging them to explore and play and have fun.

With chapters called, Slowing Down Childhood, Too Fast to Care and Too Fast to Rest, or Slow Enough to Savor Traditions and Slowing Down Spending, Ann gives honest practical advice. Each chapter ends with Slow Notes, a section with practical ideas you can implement immediately. Each chapter also ends with Live From the Slow Zone, with anecdotes and experiences from people who are actively living a slower paced life. Applicable scriptures are sprinkled throughout the book.

One highlight for me was the family Load Line, where much like a ship has a load line or limit to how much cargo it can carry before it is unsafe, so a family has that same load line where too many activities can negatively impact family life. Another highlight was about traditions and the importance of not only having family traditions but taking the time to savor and enjoy them.
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I purchased Ann's latest book, because her first book, The Contemplative Mom, was such an inspiring book I chose to use it in our mom's group. I love the way she uses real life examples, ideas, spiritual insights and scriptures to encourage more spiritual living. The picture on the cover made me laugh. It can be easy to become wrapped up in all the potential activities available to develop our children. I find that even if I don't over schedule activities, I still wonder if I am doing enought. Ann brings us back to our values, and priorities, and helps us think about the choices we are making and the impact. Some of my favorite quotes guide me in making decisions - "If we can't slow down to devleop that relationship with the living God who invites us to something deeper and richer, we're going too fast". "Walk lightly and in all things, love". I highly recommend the book. I could feel God's Spirit shine through her words. It would also make a good book club, or mom's group read.
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I have really been enjoying this book and absorbing it slowly!! I think the story of the violinist really spoke to me as I have seen myself doing that. I have often hurried my children on when they saw the potential that adults all missed. This book really convicted me as I have seen myself where everything is being busy and no time is taken to sit and do some of the important things. She shares a story of how her husband almost died and how it put life into perspective when she realized how short life is. I needed a good reminder of that! This book is an excellent book for any mom or dad to read. It will remind you how short life is, enjoy the fleeting things, and don't waste time on the unimportant! I will be recommending it to all my friends!
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Ever feel like the pace of life has you meeting yourself coming and going? Feel like your children are running so fast they don't have time to be kids? Tried to slow down, but don't know how? Then this book can be a great help to you. It is an easy to read with bite sized chapters that can be read while waiting for your child to finish a lesson or sports practice. The author has given lots of ideas and possible solutions in the book -- enough to help you creatively adapt it to your family. She addresses many issues including slowing down spending, sexuality, high tech, adding time to create and love. There's so much in this book. Lots to ponder and adapt to your family.
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Love it. Hope you all read it. Tell your friends about it. Kroeker had the nerve to shout "slow down!" and for the last few years this is exactly the way we've been trying to live. It was encouraging to hear someone else testify we don't have to be part of the over busy American lifestyle. She gives plenty of practical applications and solid reasons why living a fast life, causes us to miss out on LIFE. Hat's off to this author.
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Review of “Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families”
by Ann Kroeker

This is a must read. I anticipated it would be good, but it was far broader and richer than I imagined. The author helps the reader to see the importance and value of a slower life. She also shows some of the dangers of the typical fast paced life which is so normal in modern society.
I write as a Christian. In the initial chapters, she did not bring in biblical principles or Christ much, but her points were still excellent. As the book progressed, she more and more brought in the biblical perspective, and the value of abiding in Christ.
She covered far more areas than I expected, which was great. For instance, she had an excellent and very needful chapter on “Slowing Down Sexuality”. Her chapter on “Slowing Down Spending” as also excellent. Actually, each one of the 19 chapters was excellent.
Her book does not just teach principles, it is also very, very practical, in an excellent way. Too often, we read something which points out an area in which we need to change or grow, but we leave it at an “ought to”. The author gives excellent practical ideas, which can help the reader to get his or her creative juices going to think of practical ways to implement the excellent changes recommended.
She writes with humility, not as an expert who has it all together, but as one who has, by grace, made some progress, and desires to continue. This is of great encouragement to the reader who feels overwhelmed and fears failure. She points to Christ as the One who can help us.
As a pastor, I would STRONGLY encourage others to read this book. We are often busier than we realize. As a result, we miss so much of the “abiding in Christ” which is central to the true Christian life.
Thank you, Ann for this book. God's blessings on your precious family. We'd love to meet you and Philipe and the childrensome day!
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