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About the Author

JOANNE KRAFT loves to encourage women. A sought-after speaker, Kraft has been published in Today s Christian Woman, In Touch, ParentLife, Kyria, and P31 Woman Magazine. She serves as marriage study leader, leader of Inspire Christian Writers, and a 911 dispatcher in Sacramento County, California. She is married and has four children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834126095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834126091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You'll find Joanne Kraft's book very relevant to the fast-paced life we seem to find ourselves racing through. Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical provides a private look at Kraft's own family as they un-plugged from things (TV, sports, computer, music, etc.) that tear us away from a rich and close family experience. Her humorous look at each situation will have you laughing as Kraft pokes fun at herself with wit and sarcasm. You will take away ideas to bring closeness and a new approach to doing family in your home.
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Many a mom has wished for a twenty-five-hour day. To get an extra hour of sleep. Or catch up on urgent tasks.

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.
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The first couple of chapters were great, but the remainder of the book was about what the author learned from her radical sabbatical. I was hoping to hear more details about the year itself. Still a good book, just not what I had hoped for. It may be because I have already began simplifying my life and schedule. This may be better for someone that has not started that process yet.
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Joanne Kraft tells of her family's radical idea to stop doing so many things and instead spend time together. They ate dinner that did not come in a bag and ate at a table rather than in the car. Even though her kids missed playing sports, they found that the peace and rest they got was a good trade off. My kids were never involved in a lot of activities, but it was a good reminder to me that time is a gift and memories are a precious heirloom. I intend to try some changes of my own to get my kids (and me) to unplug, relax and spend time with each other.
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Are you busy? Are you a parent? Then your answer is YES!! With 2 active boys my life has been spent running from activity to activity and DAYS started turning into YEARS. I was ready for some advice on how to slow down and enjoy the moments before they are gone. Joanne offers wonderful insight into how she and her husband tackled their busy lives with 4 children. Each chapter is well written, and offers advice on what the Kraft family implemented and then gives suggestions on several ways you can tackle busyness in your life. The most refreshing thing is that Joanne is not judgemental or assertive in her advice. She often expresses her understanding that many families will not want to be as extreme as they were and then offers relatable advice for everyone. This book is a MUST read for anyone who is a parent.
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As parents, we tend to want to give our kids the things they want. We want to make life easy for them and give them the opportunity to be involved in every activity that is available to them. But we have become a society that is mastered by busyness. As moms, we've become zombies driving a mini-van shuttle all day and tossing fast food burgers back to our frazzled, tired children. And we've come to believe that this is the accepted way to live - it's simply just "the way it is."

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.
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Ask any mom about her family and her answer will most likely include the word "busy." All families are busy, and sometimes in the activity we lose sight of what really matters: family bonding, deepening our faith and preparing our children for adulthood.

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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