Saturday, September 12, 2009

Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families

by Ann Kroeker,
David C. Cook, 2009

Today’s families find themselves in a high-speed, fast-paced, goal-oriented society. We race from first and second jobs to appointments, lessons, practices, games, and clubs. How do we counterbalance our overcommitted culture? Replenish our depleted selves? Restore our rushed relationships?

For readers whose every hour is rush hour, Ann Kroeker explores the jarring effects of our culture and offers refreshing alternatives. Bypassing the fast lane, Kroeker urges families to discover how simplifying and slowing down can help restore strained relationships…and souls.

“We’re raising our kids in a high-speed, high-pressured, 24/7 world,” says Kroeker. “Pushing children to get ahead, we cram everything possible into our days to maximize their chance at success. We’re overloaded, overextended, overcommitted, and over-caffeinated. And we’re paying a price: Our relationships are anemic; our health, in jeopardy. Half-awake and half-hearted, we can’t sustain this pace.”

In Not So Fast, Kroeker relates her own story of how embracing a slower everyday pace has resulted in a richer, fuller, and more meaningful family and spiritual life. With practical ideas and insights that will spark creativity and personal reflection, Kroeker offers hope that families can discover the rejuvenating power of an unrushed life —a life that makes room for knowing and loving God and people. At the close of each chapter, the “Slow Notes” section offers slow-down solutions to apply immediately. In “Live from the Slow Zone,” readers will hear inspirational stories from those who have learned to reap the rewards of life in the slow lane.

“For everyone who yearns for the benefits of a slower life, I want to point to Jesus and say, ‘Start here. Start with the One who offers true and lasting peace. Look to His Word. Meditate on that. Learn from Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light,’” writes Kroeker. “I wish we could see that the root of meaning and peace that we’re seeking is found not in a yoga pose or a mind-emptying meditation session, but in a rich relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Author Bio
Mother of four children and author of The Contemplative Mom, Ann Kroeker is committed to encouraging and inspiring families as they face the demands of daily living. A contributor to the award-winning Experiencing the Passion of Jesus, she has written for numerous corporations and her articles have appeared in a variety of publications.

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