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***Special thanks to Susan Otis/Creative Resources for sending me a review copy.***
Joanne Kraft is a sought-after speaker who loves to encourage women. She has been published in Today’s Christian Woman, In Touch, ParentLife, Kyria and P31 Woman magazine. A leader of Inspire Christian Writers, she serves as a marriage study group leader, and works as a 911 dispatcher in Sacramento County, California. Kraft is married and has four children.
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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Just Too Busy is one mother’s story of getting off the merry-go-round of her family’s over-commitment. When everything their life seemed like a marathon race, Joanne Kraft and her husband decided to take a “radical sabbatical”—a year-long absence from any of their four children’s organized after-school activities. Memories made, new traditions started, lessons learned, and how their family’s legacy was enriched are shared, spiced with a liberal helping of light-hearted humor.
List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (June 1, 2011)
AND NOW…Click the LOOK INSIDE! Button to view the FIRST Chapter:
My Thoughts ~
I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book as there are days when I feel like we are constantly running. Once it arrived, I dug into the book and ‘digested’ each chapter in order. What surprised me is that beyond describing their family’s choice of a radical sabbatical, Ms. Kraft delves into areas of family life that can drain away the time and take the focus off of creating memories.
I’m not sure if our family will ever choose to say no to all outside activities. I can see how more time together as a family would be beneficial. But, at this point, the boys mostly have Scouting as their extracurricular activity. The older boys will also be adding youth activities at church as our parish launches a new youth ministry program.
Yet, they are not doing the sports which tend to eat up afternoons, evenings and weekends right now. And, given that we homeschool and need designated time for their ‘socialization’, I don’t see the radical sabbatical happening. However, we can purposely plan for regular family activities and continue with our conscious choice to have dinner together as a family unless my husband’ is traveling for work.