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192 pages
Jun 2011
Beacon Hill Press

Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical

by Joanne Kraft

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In Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical, Joanne Kraft tells us that today’s families tend to run a rat race. Kraft’s own family ran this marathon of mayhem until the day she and her husband decided to pull their family out of all extracurricular activities for one year. Throughout her book Kraft shares how this radical approach allowed her family to build a simpler, healthier, happier lifestyle.

The book is divided into five sections that outline the Kraft family’s learning experience: “Busy,” “Breakthrough,” “Beware,” “Build,” and “Blessing.” Each section provides advice on how to halt chaos and refocus family life in a way that glorifies God. Kraft, a contributor to magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman, In Touch, and Parent Life, writes in a conversational style that avoids preaching and engages the reader. As a mother of four children, Kraft brings plenty of personal experience and insight to her topic.

According to Kraft, a good sign of an overloaded family is a frazzled mother who lives on 8-minute meals and 4.2 second devotionals. The real problem, Kraft explains, is not just that families are busy. At the root of the issue is the fact that families are too busy to spend time with God and with one another. Such an obsession with extracurricular activities can evolve into an unhealthy stress addiction that Kraft describes as Activity Denial Disorder. Kraft struggled with this condition for some time. “When I was no longer in denial about my addiction to busyness, I was much more receptive to seeking ways to slow down,” she writes in Chapter 2. The overall premise of Kraft’s book upholds the principle of Isaiah 46:10, which says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (NIV).

From starting line to final stretch, this book is a delight. But make no mistake. Although Kraft’s writing entertains, her message is convicting and will provide readers with a clear understanding of how and why priorities should be readjusted. I highly recommend this book to all frazzled mothers and fathers, or anyone willing to be challenged to drop out of the rat race and step into a radical, wonderful walk with God. – Kari Lynn Travis,

Book Jacket:

Just Too Busy is the true story of the Kraft family's head-on collision with busyness and the twelve-month experiment that changed their lives. When their children could recite the dollar value meals at McDonalds faster than their times-tables, they knew something was very wrong. So, instead of continuing their bad habits and fitting more into their schedules, they took a year off from all activities and learned how to be a family again.

In this book, readers will laugh their way to learning the ten tell-tale signs that they are too busy and discover the symptoms for a common disorder known to moms today: A.D.D. (Activity Denial Disorder). Families will find simple ways to guard themselves from the temptation of constant distraction.