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Just Too Busy: Taking your Family on a Radical Sabbatical Paperback – June 1, 2011
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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.
While talking with a friend one day, playing the game "busy-mom poker - I'll see your basketball practices on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights and raise you a 6:30 a.m. bus drop-off time," author Joanne Kraft realized that busyness had taken hold of her family and was wrestling them to the ground. She and her husband decided to take a "radical sabbatical." For one year, their family said "no" to any organized activities. For her four children, this meant no baseball, music lessons, and no soccer. They planned a monthly field trip as a family where each member of the family got to choose where they would go and what they would do as a family that day.
Although her children were shocked at first, the family began to see the advantages to having a less busy schedule and more time together. Instead of ships passing in the night, they had time to sit down to dinner, have family movie night, and learn that quality is more important than quantity. Her oldest daughter even wrote her a letter after going to college saying how much that year had taught her about what is truly important in life.
Busyness and distractions are addicting, leaving us no time for prayer and quality time for our loved ones. "Busyness is a part of Satan's three-step plan.Read more ›
When Joanne Kraft looked at her family's crazy schedule and realized it had gotten out of control, she did something RADICAL about it. She and her family took a one year time out. They said NO to all the activities that pulled them in a million directions at once. And they said YES to creating family memories, growing in their faith and developing the tools their children would need as they grow into adulthood.
Before I read Just Too Busy, I thought the author was going to try to coerce me into saying NO to all outside activities, and I wasn't sure that would work for my family. But I didn't feel that way at all. Reading Just Too Busy provided me with small steps I could take to cut back on activities and focus our family time around our goals. The book is written with humor and empathy by a woman who understands the pulls of a busy family and the need to set healthy limits around the busy-ness.
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I got this book through the library and want to make sure others have a more balanced perspective before spending time on this book. Read morePublished on August 23, 2014 by K.
Wow! After reading this book, I think all families might be in need of a radical sabbatical (in one form or another, that is). Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Jenny Lee Sulpizio
I Loved reading this book. So interesting and funny too. Looking at how busy everyone is in the family and making a big change is great. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Tazzie
Point: Joanne Kraft shows how detrimental overly-busy lives can be, and what her family did to be pro-active in that area. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by S. Grotzke
I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book as there are days when I feel like we are constantly running. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Laura O
Do you ever feel like our author did? She described her family's crazy schedule by saying she was a "daytime zombie in a minivan, shuttling children back and forth from soccer... Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by cllane2
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... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Danie Marie
For all those stressed out, exhausted, frustrated Mom's that feel that there is no end in sight. (except maybe waiting for your kids to turn 18). This book is for you! Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by lady Kristine