|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
Touted as the official handbook of Take Back Your Time Day (a national event to be held on October 24, 2003), this compilation of expert views on America's battles against "time poverty" pulls out all the stops with its 30 powerful essays. De Graaf, author of Affluenza and TBYT Day's national coordinator, introduces each piece with background on its author and anecdotes drawn from his career as a teacher, documentary television producer and leader in public policy groups. The contributors, who range from economists and policymakers to activists and clergy, describe the problems of the 24/7 lifestyle: rising health care costs, diminishing family time, etc. In "The Simple Solution," Cecile Andrews admonishes readers to give up "obsessive multitasking." ("Think of the things you've seen people do while they're driving-putting on makeup, changing clothes, eating cereal, nursing a baby, reading the newspaper, and of course, jabbering on cell phones.") In "Can America Learn from Shabbat?", Rabbi Arthur Waskow argues that "there are deep human needs for rest and reflection, for family time and community time" and laments that "economic and cultural pressures are grinding those deep human needs under foot." Other authors suggest that the lethal consequences of overwork result in road rage, repetitive stress injuries, health problems, fast food mania, an increase in the working retired, inadequate child supervision, and even a proliferation of dog-walkers. De Graf also includes essays that help readers find ways to take time to be a citizen, retrieve shrinking vacation periods, cease the time-consuming pursuit of "stuff" and engage in job sharing, sabbaticals and other strategies. Illuminating and even surprising (e.g., the average American labors 350 more hours per year than his western European counterpart), this book should sell particularly well in areas were the "simplicity" movement is popular.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
John de Graaf has been a documentary television produces for the past 25 years.
I haven't had a chance to read the book in its entirety yet. The book is a required read for my class. It appears to be insightful so far.Published 6 months ago by student
Most of us need this book as a daily reminder, not just a one time read. Filled with good advice, pointers, and reminders. Read morePublished 24 months ago by LaDawn Moore
This book is the official handbook of a national movement ([...] that focuses on overwork and its ties to social problems. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Joyce
As someone with a strong interest in the topic of work-life balance, specifically as it relates to taking your vacation days and time off from work, I knew this handbook must be on... Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Scott at Meliovation
Time is what we all need to spend with family, friends, and of course, oruselves. Take Back Your Time is a blueprint for what we need to do to regain our time. Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Diaspora Chic
I work way too many hours and need to take personal responsibility for changing my life. This book informed me a little how the culture we live in has become so time-starved. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Jerome M. Hunt
As a Physician I can personally vouch for the toll "time poverty" has on health and happiness. I don't believe a day goes by where I don't see someone stressed to the max. Read morePublished on September 1, 2008 by TYR
This book really illustrates the problem we have in this country. Most people are busy paying on 300K + houses, paying SUV bills and are starved for time to live life the way it... Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Darren Prather