Breaking Busy – Book Review & Giveaway

Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy – How To Find Peace And Purpose In A World Of Crazy by Alli Worthington – Book Review

How busy are you?

Do you spend your days constantly racing from one task to the next, trying to squeeze “just one more thing” into your already over-crowded schedule?

Do you wear your busyness like a badge of honor, believing that idle hands are the work of the devil?

Are you so busy being busy that, perhaps, you are missing out on God’s purpose and plans for your life?

In Alli Worthington’s new book, Breaking Busy – How To Find Peace & Purpose In A World Of Crazy, Alli challenges the mindset that so many of us were raised on – that we must be all things to all people at all times – that leads us to compulsively drive ourselves to exhaustion.

According to a survey published by USA Today, 69 percent of people polled said they were “busy” or “very busy” – and women between the ages of 30 and 60 were the busiest, reporting that they regularly sacrificed sleep, recreation, hobbies and family time due to their hectic schedules.

Alli writes:

Crazy busy is a life without peace. It’s marked by decisions made for the approval of the world, not the approval of God. It’s filled with what we think we “should” do, what we think will make others happy, and what we think being a good person (or good girl) looks like. All this busyness, in the end, keeps us just out of reach of the life we were created to live.

Just as our smartphones have limited capacity – so do we! Alli says we will know when we are reaching our limits when we start experiencing these signs of capacity overload:

  • We are unable to control our emotions.
  • We stop caring for ourselves.
  • We constantly become ill.
  • We are chronically late.
  • We self-medicate and show signs of excess behavior.
  • We neglect important relationships.
  • We neglect God.

It’s important to recognize that during different times in our lives, our capacity to handle different loads will vary. Alli says we should look for the following factors, which will impact the capacity of what we can handle in any given moment:

  • Identify your season in life.
  • Identify your stress points.
  • Identify why you are exceeding your capacity.

Breaking Busy is full of practical tips gleaned from real-life, personal experience and biblical wisdom from beloved characters including Moses and Martha on how to recharge our batteries, how to say no to others, and how to live life in our sweet spot.

If you are among the 69 percent of the population who counts themselves among the “busy” or “very busy” – make it a priority to buy and read this book!

If you are among the 31 percent who are living life in a slower lane – do an overwhelmed friend a favor and help them “break busy”!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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About Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington is an author, a speaker, a blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live.

Alli co-founded BlissDom Events and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting and balance has led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America.

She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, rescued dog and cat who moved onto their doorstep.

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Breaking Busy – Book Giveaway

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15 Responses to “Breaking Busy – Book Review & Giveaway”

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  1. Ellen Pilch says:

    Sounds like a great book. When I am too busy, I keep getting sick- like right now. pilch92@aol.com

  2. This book sounds great! “Busy” seems to be the response whenever you ask someone how they are doing. I think it’s important to ask ourselves what’s driving our busy schedules. To answer your question…When you begin running on empty, how do signs of overload manifest in your life, and how do you turn things around? Overload manifests itself in my body–migraines, muscle aches and pains. I also feel more emotionally on edge. At that point I know I have either taken on too much or there’s outside stress that’s causing me to need more rest or even just down time. Visiting from Mommy Moments!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Astute observation Angela – once upon a time, everyone was “fine” – now everyone is “busy”!
      My signs of overload are similar to yours – it’s taken a long time for me to learn to listen to my body –
      but I’m doing my best these days to take better care of myself – I hope that you are too! 🙂

  3. Anne says:

    This book would be a wonderful resource. In the past this type of lifestyle did not exist. It is a 21st century phenomenon which is detrimental to our health. I do not subscribe to it and feel that it benefits no one. I am old fashioned and feel that going constantly will be shown in many breakdowns and should be avoided. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      I’m so glad, Anne, that you do not feel the pressure to be everything to everyone!
      I know I definitely need to apply so much of the wisdom that Alli provides in this book!
      I was raised in a “driven” household and I am tired of driving myself right into the ground!
      Thanks for joining us – best of luck to you!

  4. i literally work 22/7, i am a caregiver to my mother who has alzheimers, i am a home schooler, I am a volunteer, sometimes i work if i am called to do so, but that is rare, so I work from home doing crafts, baking, etc. I am disabled, so it is not always easy but i do what i can to support my family and friends, and yes, sometimes i forget that i need support too, that all i need to do is call on God, but its hard to remember when your mind is going a thousand miles per hour…I need to slow down, and bring God back into my family’s life.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Wow, Anna Marie, you sound like you REALLY are in need of this book!
      Best of luck to you in the giveaway – and please, start taking good care of YOU!

  5. I have a crazy schedule. This sounds like a great book.

  6. Leslie says:

    I’m adding this to my book giveaway roundup!

  7. “Crazy busy is a life without peace. It’s marked by decisions made for the approval of the world, not the approval of God.” WELL SAID. This books looks wonderful!

  8. “Are you so busy being busy that, perhaps, you are missing out on God’s purpose and plans for your life?” Absolutely! This epidemic of busyness seems so much a part of our culture right now. Thanks for linking up with LMM Link-up!

  9. Lauren Doolin says:

    I’m just starting out as a blogger, and this book looks like it would really help me keep from getting overwhelmed as my blog grows!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1
      says:

      Lauren, it’s so nice to meet you! Please look around and join our community – you’ll find lots of wonderful bloggers who would love to get to know you! 🙂

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