In our crazy fast-paced world, what's the one word we use most often? Busy. How are you? Busy. How was your week? Busy. What have you been doing? Everything! We live busy lives in a busy world where the key word is... (you guessed it)... busy!
But does it have to be that way?
Where we really created to just be busy?
Or have we settled for less than God's absolute best?
These questions and more Alli Worthington tackles in her book, Breaking Busy. Written with a coaching/mentor voice and sprinkled with humor, Breaking Busy seeks to explore why our lives are so busy and how to alleviate that. Filled with personal stories, Worthington takes her readers on a journey of liberating themselves from the trapping of a busy culture.
Although Worthington tries, Breaking Busy just failed to grab my attention. Filled with cliches, this book rehashed lots of advice that many of us have already heard and incorporated (or tried to incorporate) in our lives. Setting priorities, checking with our spouse and family before rushing forward, and praying through decisions are among some of the steps that Worthington suggests for Breaking Busy. Most of her advice is too elementary to be worth revisiting.
And let's talk about the title. Have to say that I fought reviewing this book for a long time simply because of the title. "Breaking Busy" is remarkably close to very popular TV show with unquestionably immoral characters. And because of that close association it felt like the author was trying to capitalize on the popularity of that particular TV show.
Maybe if I'd read this book 10 years ago, I would have a different opinion. But at this point in my life, mid-30's and 3 kids, the reality is a mortgage and commitments outside of what I want just for me. Life is about priorities and balance. And right now, finishing the end of this book is not a priority.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.