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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (June 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590523350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590523353
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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People today are overloaded, overextended and exhausted, assert husband-and-wife team Steve (founder and chairman of Men's Leadership Ministries in Bryan/College Station, Tex.) and Mary (former staffer of Campus Crusade for Christ) Farrar. And while it's tempting to think we can have it all and do it all-and that we deserve it all-such beliefs are patently unrealistic. What we can have, the Farrars argue, is a rich and balanced life through faith: "God has provided for each of us an unlimited line of credit in His Word. The Bible is not unlike an ATM, accessible 24/7 for us to draw from its rich resources whenever we have need." The authors outline seven crucial needs that modern-day Christians often ignore-a sovereign, a Sabbath, a sanctuary, sustenance, supplication, simplicity and stewardship-and, in warm tones, weave in scripture and examples from modern life to show how meeting these needs will help readers stop feeling so overwhelmed. Although the authors tread familiar territory (the best-selling Ordering Your Private World, by Gordon MacDonald, comes to mind) and tend to criticize modern culture instead of offer solid solutions, Christians should find this a helpful, if slightly preachy, guide for finding breathing room in their busy lives.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Steve Farrar is the founder of Men's Leadership Ministries and author of the bestselling Point Man and Finishing Strong, as well as Standing Tall, Gettin' There, and Tempered Steel. He brings a challenging message on manhood to thousands of conference-goers each year. Mary Farrar , author of Choices, served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and has been active in women's ministries. The Farrars are alumni of Western Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary. They have three grown children and live in suburban Dallas

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Steve Farrar is the founder and chairman of Men's Leadership Ministries. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, with a Master's degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, he also has an earned a doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve authored the best-selling book, Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family and has since written fifteen other books. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, for Promise Keepers and at many other events nationwide. Steve and his wife, Mary, have three grown children and currently reside in suburban Dallas, Texas.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on February 5, 2007
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I listened to the unabridged audiocassette version of "Overcoming Overload." The book began with a stirring case against the American suburban plague of overload. At that point, I was tracking with the Farrars and excited for the rest of the book.

However, after presenting such a compelling vision against overload, the authors essentially abandoned that topic and spent the remainder of the book avoiding practical solutions to the problem that they so clearly explicated. Instead, they decided to write a book on the classic spiritual disciplines, utilizing different terms than normal (sustenance rather than Bible study, supplication rather than prayer) to fit their S-word alliteration.

Ultimately, as books on spiritual disciplines go, this one is solid. Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline" is more comprehensive, and John Ortberg's "The Life You've Always Wanted" is more engaging. But "Overcoming Overload" is perfectly fine as the Farrars lay out their prescription for the vibrant Christian life.

My frustration is that this information was not what I wanted when I bought this book. Throughout the entire book, excluding the introduction, the specific references to overcoming overload are few and far between. I suppose that the authors intentionally avoided a "how-to" approach to overcoming overload, but I still felt misled about what I had purchased. It's as if they decided that the best solution to anyone burdened by overload is to be a faithful, committed Christian. Though that is true, it's a very generic response for what would equally apply to any problem that a person might experience. I wanted more specific reference to the titled topic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Youngkin on February 27, 2004
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Steve Farrar is known for his books targeted to men. Writing with his wife, Mary, he addresses both men and women who do too much in this book. This small volume contains Biblical advice for combating the drive to do too much, and to cope when life's circumstances cause almost unbearable pressure. Farrar is one of the best writers in the Christian market - he communicates a warmth and sense of humor that make the material more understandable. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam Quantz on September 18, 2013
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My brother recommended this book to me after he used it in his men's Bible study group. It is written by a husband and wife team so it has "both points of view." I found it to be very helpful in reflecting on the stresses in my life and how to address them. This would be appropriate for any study group or as a personal read.
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By ccsponsler on January 21, 2013
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This is a wonderful book to use as a Group Study. It surely causes you to slow down. I coudn't put this book down. Get this book asap!
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By Lawrence E. Dixon on February 17, 2012
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Never have I read a book that helped me deal with an issue taking over my life. I am glad to say that I learned ways in which to reorganize my life and not be so overloaded that I find my self "stressed"...there is a way out!
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