Covid-19 inserted itself into our world and slowed many of us down. However, as life begins to reopen, I feel the urge in everyone to rush back to full speed. But, is this wise? Is this what God wants?
I’m not sure the problem is so much that we want to go so fast that we’re exhausted. I think it’s a combination of things, including people-pleasing, not knowing how to say no, the expectations of others (including family traditions), and never bothering to ask God what He wants us involved with in the first place.
If you struggle with any of that, Alli Worthington’s book Breaking Busy may be what you need.
Women are sacrificing sleep, recreation, hobbies, friends, and even family all at the altar of busyness. ~Alli Worthington, Breaking Busy
Description from GoodReads: Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy
Have you ever felt like a fraud or failure as you struggle to find balance in life? Do you find yourself juggling everything in mediocrity and feeling like you’re succeeding at very little? In her no-nonsense way, Alli Worthington tackles the big questions about finding happiness and one’s God-given purpose.
Breaking Busy marries popular secular research from the fields of social and positive psychology with solid biblical principles, instilling readers with the confidence that they, too, can move from crazy busy to confident calm. With refreshing candor, uproarious true stories, and a Christian worldview, Alli delivers truths that dismantle common happiness myths. Then she empowers readers to get unstuck, to let go of the good to make way for the great, to know themselves and their Creator, and ultimately to find peace and purpose in this world of crazy.
Learn how to stop chasing what leaves you empty and start doing what you were created to do.
Identify the common lies you believe and how to strip their power from your life. Recognize how what you say no to determines what you can say yes to. With relatable anecdotes, Alli models for readers real-life guidance on boundaries, relationships, and self-care, humbly examining her own mistakes and walking them through how she learned from her missteps and found peace in a world of busyness.
If you long to find real connection in an age of over-connectedness, with both your loved ones and your Creator, Alli Worthington deftly balances intelligent humility and heartwarming humor to help you rediscover your path.
What I Thought
Contrary to what many of us have been told, we all have limits. We can’t handle it all, nor should we. ~Alli Worthington, Breaking Busy
Oh, goodness. Alli’s southern sweetness charmed itself into my thoughts once again. In her first book I read, Fierce Fatih, I found that she writes simply and honestly. She shares her life with readers, including those moments you know she cringed at sharing. But what God taught her fuels a passion within her to communicate truth that we all need to grasp.
She continues that gentle exhortation in Breaking Busy. Let’s face it. This is one of those topics we tend to read because we’re desperate to do less. But then we realize the cost of actually slowing down. It’s easier to do too much and complain than it is to face the realities of our life and change.
I love that Alli tackles not just the traditional decluttering high points, but gets into relationships, calling, thoughts, family traditions, and even communication. And she kindly includes Action Steps at the end of each chapter to make sure we didn’t get so caught up in her stories that we forget the point of reading the book in the first place.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
Our lives have gotten so cluttered up with things we think we “should” do, we can’t figure out what we were meant to do. ~Alli Worthington, Breaking Busy
Yes, this is a book that should be read and acted upon, then once those things become a habit, read again. Even a seasoned declutterer like me laughed, nodded in agreement, and cringed in recognition of the need to change throughout the book. If life ever feels too overwhelming, try this book.
About the Author
Alli Worthington is the author of Fierce Faith, Breaking Busy and The Year of Living Happy. She’s a speaker and business coach. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting, and balance lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America.
She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, and the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve.
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