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Just Too Busy: Taking your Family on a Radical Sabbatical Paperback – June 1, 2011
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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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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. He uses it as a weapon to steal our time, kill our joy, and destroy our relationships."
Nowhere in the bible do the words "parent" and "friend" show up together. We are meant to parent our children, which does not mean giving them everything they want, or making sure they are involved in every activity available.
This book is a must read for every family. I know no one who is exempt from this problem. Maybe it's time we all considered a "radical sabbatical."
And when you read this book, it's as if Joanne is sitting across the table from you, sharing her personal experience of her family's victory over busyness. Joanne speaks and writes with sidesplitting humor. She'll make you laugh, and make you cry, but mostly laugh.
Even though my children are young adults now, I found myself relating to the busyness that Joanne describes. Overcommitment is something that I regularly have to guard against. In the first chapter, Joanne says, "even the good things in life can become the enemy of the best things in life."
To combat what she calls the "captivity of activity," Joanne and her family took a year-long "radical sabbatical." They stopped almost all extracurricular activity and learned what it means to spend time together as a family. Just Too Busy takes us through their experiences, high and low, and provides insight and advice to anyone looking to simplify life. You don't need to go on a radical sabbatical yourself to enjoy and apply the principles in this book.
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.