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Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families Paperback – August 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434768880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434768889
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Holly VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
You can find a lot of talk around the Internet and news about the busyness of life, and the busyness of families. We live in a 24/7 world that never shuts down. Email and cell phones have made our lives "easier", but they've also made us accessible 24/7. In the drive to succeed, many of us put our children in as many activities as we can, hoping to make them into better people. Is that necessary? It's your decision. In this book, however, Ann Kroeker has had the courage to step up and say, no it isn't necessary.

In her book she talks about the effects that an overcommitted culture can have on our families. Her perspective is Christian and she shares her own story about how embracing a slower pace of life has impacted her family in positive ways. I love the parts where she talks about the importance of letting children have a somewhat unstructured childhood, and encouraging them to explore and play and have fun.

With chapters called, Slowing Down Childhood, Too Fast to Care and Too Fast to Rest, or Slow Enough to Savor Traditions and Slowing Down Spending, Ann gives honest practical advice. Each chapter ends with Slow Notes, a section with practical ideas you can implement immediately. Each chapter also ends with Live From the Slow Zone, with anecdotes and experiences from people who are actively living a slower paced life. Applicable scriptures are sprinkled throughout the book.

One highlight for me was the family Load Line, where much like a ship has a load line or limit to how much cargo it can carry before it is unsafe, so a family has that same load line where too many activities can negatively impact family life. Another highlight was about traditions and the importance of not only having family traditions but taking the time to savor and enjoy them.
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Review of “Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families”
by Ann Kroeker

This is a must read. I anticipated it would be good, but it was far broader and richer than I imagined. The author helps the reader to see the importance and value of a slower life. She also shows some of the dangers of the typical fast paced life which is so normal in modern society.
I write as a Christian. In the initial chapters, she did not bring in biblical principles or Christ much, but her points were still excellent. As the book progressed, she more and more brought in the biblical perspective, and the value of abiding in Christ.
She covered far more areas than I expected, which was great. For instance, she had an excellent and very needful chapter on “Slowing Down Sexuality”. Her chapter on “Slowing Down Spending” as also excellent. Actually, each one of the 19 chapters was excellent.
Her book does not just teach principles, it is also very, very practical, in an excellent way. Too often, we read something which points out an area in which we need to change or grow, but we leave it at an “ought to”. The author gives excellent practical ideas, which can help the reader to get his or her creative juices going to think of practical ways to implement the excellent changes recommended.
She writes with humility, not as an expert who has it all together, but as one who has, by grace, made some progress, and desires to continue. This is of great encouragement to the reader who feels overwhelmed and fears failure. She points to Christ as the One who can help us.
As a pastor, I would STRONGLY encourage others to read this book. We are often busier than we realize. As a result, we miss so much of the “abiding in Christ” which is central to the true Christian life.
Thank you, Ann for this book. God's blessings on your precious family. We'd love to meet you and Philipe and the childrensome day!
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When my son was two years old and we were crossing the parking lot to church, he said to me, "Hurry, Mom!" It was then I knew I had a problem. A two year old hurrying to "be on time"? It just wasn't natural. Well, he is almost five now, and despite sporadic attempts, failed plans, and desperate prayers for a slower-paced life, nothing seems to last very long. It's as if speed is the default mode.

Then I heard Ann Kroeker on the radio and knew I had to get this book. I was not disappointed. The book caused me to slow down enough to read and to think. Kroeker points out many interesting facts concerning our frantic-paced lives and asks us to examine our motives behind our activities. She also helps us to look at what the pace of life is doing to our families. She asks, "What are we passing on to the next generation--a legacy of love and service, practiced in a family that lives slow enough to take time to notice and respond? Or are we modeling a life of hypocrisy, passing along nothing more powerful than the importance of arriving on time..."

The book is not just a philosophical analysis, however. It is filled with practical ideas which can be implemented in a normal person's life, such as learning not to compare ourselves to other families (who of course always seem to be doing more and doing it better), but to "forget the Joneses;" or to create simple "slow" family traditions, offering ideas as easy as Saturday morning pancakes or after dinner walks.

Chapter headings include: What are We Missing Out On? What Are We Trying to Achieve? Slowing Down Childhood; Slowing Down Spending; Taking Time to Create; and The Unhurried Family. If any of these ideas appeal to you, buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
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