- 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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Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families Paperback – August 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was such an encouraging read to slow down and refocus how your family spends time.Published 24 months ago by Alissa Irwin
I found this book so refreshing and filled with great advice on slowing down the face paced life one I re-read again and again.Published on November 1, 2013 by E Ellen
I have really enjoyed this book so far. Great application , slow down questions, and a sense that we are doing way too much, and none of it well, really make this book worth the... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by M. Burns
This Christian perspective on simplifying your family will most definitely change your life and the life of your family for the better. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by M. Cummins
We took our family on a two week holiday to regroup and make memories together. I read this book while away and it really helped doing the slow life while I read it. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by justmum
Many great suggestions to live a simpler uncomplicated life with many Scripture references. Highly recommend to parents. Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Alicia G. Bradshaw
Excellent book! Every family should read. A well written and enjoyable book, but also the information is so valuable. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by +Kkpalm
I liked the practical approach the author took by providing specific suggestions of how to implement the ideas and concepts she presented.Published on September 21, 2013 by A Dane in Seattle
I absolutely loved this book. Ann offers up some great suggestions and solutions for families that is Christ centered. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by Ryan