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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573241091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573241090
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kundtz's radical self-help book says that the best thing to do to improve one's life is nothing. Yup, nothing--just stopping awhile and seeing what happens. Therapist and priest Kundtz contends that many today suffer from living on "the mountain of too much." They have tried to deal with overloaded lives very typically, cramming more into each hour and cutting back on some things. Trouble is, they have reached the point where they can't cram more into the little time they have, and they are cutting out pleasurable things (lunch, friends, holidays) to try to accommodate crowded schedules. Kundtz then offers three kinds of stopping: "stillpoints" (little pauses), "stopovers" (longer times of stillness), and "grinding halts" (life-changing periods of stasis). Written in pithy, short chapters--his audience is the overscheduled, after all; they don't have time to read for long--the book is a good, commonsense adviser on a pervasive problem. Patricia Monaghan

About the Author

David Kundtz, author, speaker, and licensed psychotherapist, is also director of Inside Track Seminars, which offers courses on spiritually based stress management and emotional health for the helping profession. He has graduate degrees in both psychology and theology and a doctorate in pastoral psychology. David is also the author of Quiet Mind, Stopping, and Moments in Between, among others.


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I have enjoyed several careers, including 18 years in religious ministry and 20 years in the practice of psychotherapy, public speaking on stress/​emotional health, and writing.

My doctorate (S.Th.D) is in pastoral psychology.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio; schooled in Washington, Baltimore, and Berkeley; I lived and worked many years in Idaho -- with a three-and-a-half-year period in Cali, Colombia. I currently live in Kensington, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley (part of the Graduate Theological Union -- GTU) lists me as an adjunct professor.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on December 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of meditation as a part of life without ever calling it meditation. I'll be using it with all my clients who are reluctant to try meditation for fear it won't fit with their lifestyles. Kundtz succeeds in clearly describing the benefits of "stopping" and noticing, even for a few moments, and does this in language that is accessible to everyone. "Stopping" is an essential survival skill in our crazy, hectic lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels they are living their lives running faster and faster, like hamsters on a wheel. "Stopping" teaches how to begin to get off the wheel in a way that fits into our lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on June 13, 2007
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This is a straightforward but profound book on cultivating pauses in our lives to enrich our lives and ultimately improve the quality of our existence. It seeks to maximize "the beats in between the notes" as moments to cherish.

In a rush/rush world that seems to have ADD, the suggestions of author David Kundtz resonate. It offers excellent suggestions to "sharpening the saw" by incorporating tiny, medium-sized or extended pause points in our lives to step back, take stock and get ourselves centered.

A wonderful book that merits multiple readings!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1998
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STOPPING: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going is an important book. In our busy lives and in the busy culture in which we live, time and space for thinking about our values, about what is important to us, is missing. How do we stop when our world is telling us to do more, more, more? Dr. David Kundtz tells us how in simple, easy to understand and implement ways. Stopping can be a time of a few seconds to a month, or even longer. It is a time when we can breath, take stock of our lives, and creatively be with who we are. The "goal" of stopping is to discover who we are, to remember who we are. So stopping has broad cultural as well as personal implications. This is a beautiful book - it will make a good gift for a busy friend who knows something is lacking from life but doesn't know what that "something" is, or how to get it. It will make a good gift to yourself. Dr. David Kundtz has made this important part of life accessible to all of us. Read it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2003
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This is an excellent self-help book! Forget the complexity of everything else, keep it simple, and learn to just STOP! This book was incredibly helpful, and I want to assure anyone that it "works"! Some readers (especially if you're mainly a "concrete thinker") might not find this book helpful. You have to open your mind a bit. Which is fun! For those who like to live "in the spaces in between" - to use one of Kundtz's favorite metaphors - there is great value in this book--and great value in the price, too! :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bifft47 on November 1, 2009
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This book illustrates how simple concepts of stopping, deliberately and totally, can be as effective, if not more effective than even psychological analysis. We just get wound so tight that we are moving and moving quickly, but have little if any direction. I'm only about half way through but have been able to note and implement many techniques that have made a difference in my life, some just as easy as correct breathing. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have the time to read it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
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This isn't a bad book, and I'm sure that many readers will find it well worth while. If you've had much experience of meditation or books on the subject, though, you're unlikely to get much new substance out of this one.
Kundtz is an awkward writer in many places, and his use of poorly thought out analogies (particularly computer-related ones) frankly made me wince from time to time.
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