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Just as I was sitting at my computer today trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing next, it occurred to me that we have been wrapped up in busy-ness for two weeks now–the entire summer vacation thus far. Every spare moment seems filled with trips to the grocery store and appointments, appointments, appointments. And here and there a fun thing, but most of it is B-O-R-I-N-G stuff. All of this busy work reminded me of a book I read recently by Alli Worthington called Breaking Busy: How to Find peace & Purpose in a World of Crazy.
Breaking Busy discusses just what the title reveals: the how behind finding real peace and purpose in a world that is busy with work, appointments, church, and activities. This book is for the working moms, the stay-at-home mom who can never get a break from the kids or the housework, the single parents, and even older adults who feel that retirement life is busier than ever. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your schedule and all of the things on your “to do” list, this book is for you.
Alli Worthington writes in my favorite style: conversational. These kinds of books really flow for me and keep me interested. I specifically loved the places in this book where I could identify with the author, and there were a few of these. Being able to identify with an author is key to positive feelings toward a book, and Alli was able to accomplish this.
As is more common now in the self-help department, Alli includes action steps following each chapter to help readers overcome their busy seasons and move toward a calmer more enjoyable lifestyle. I really like when authors include action steps; I believe it really helps readers move from the inactive part of reading and retaining information and actually putting the information into practice.
Breaking Busy is organized and easy to follow. While much of the book includes Worthington’s personal experiences and really feels like a memoir, these stories are relateable and easily tie in with the subject of each chapter.
While Breaking Busy isn’t a must-read for everybody, it is most definitely a great resource for those looking for more margin in their lives. Well written, easy to read, this book will lead you from crazy to collected, from busy to breatheable. I hope you will take the time to complete the action steps to really allow this book to make a difference in your life.