I recently selected Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington to review. BookLook Bloggers graciously supplied the book for me to read and review.
How many times have you said “I’m too busy!” or when someone asks you “How are you?” your response is “Good. Busy. And you?”
It’s almost an honor symbol now. The busier you are, the more successful you must be. You must be the hardest worker, the supermom, the man at the top of the ladder.
Alli Worthington proposes something else entirely: That we learn to say no, learn to balance, learn to set priorities straight and learn to break busy.
Alli uses Breaking Busy to tell her story of how she broke busy in her life (and is continuing to strive to break it!), and encourages her readers to do the same through practical tips, Biblical insights and workbook type questions at the end of each chapter.
This book is inspirational, helpful and practical. Sometimes we feel like we are being pulled in a million directions and it’s hard to say no. But it’s possible and it can be built into a habit in your life (and mine, too!). Alli lays our her story and her advice in 10 easy to read chapters, advising us on personal capacity, defining busy in our lives, knowing our priorities in relationships, making wise decisions and making the most of our time. Every chapter is full of Scripture and Biblical Principle and is both encouraging, challenging and inspirational.
My favorite quote from the book came in the very first chapter when Alli is talking about our capacity. She defines how to know when you are too busy (An inability to control emotions, a lack of self-care, illness, chronic lateness, self-medicating and exercise, neglecting important relationships, and neglecting God.) On the section about self medication, she says this:
Sometimes we can fool ourselves into thinking that self-medication is actually self-care. But if we find that our habits are directly related to stressful situation in our lives, that they are not renewing or restoring us, then we need to recognize these choices as warning signs of busyness. We need to ask ourselves if escaping reality just seems like a better choice than reducing our to-do list.
If you feel like you are too busy and you don’t know how to deal with it, I highly recommend this book!