To ask other readers questions about Not So Fast , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 21, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , wish-list. The ideas aren't ground-breaking or new, but somehow she made them seem so much easier and new and doable. View 1 comment. Jun 18, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Recommended to Elizabeth by: Trish. Shelves: nonfiction , theology-spirituality. Some very good ideas. And it quotes the fabulous Trish Southard, who I can personally attest strives to live the kind of slow-paced, reflective life I want for our family.
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View 2 comments. Jun 26, Holly 2 Kids and Tired rated it it was amazing. You can find a lot of talk around the internet and news about the busyness of life, and the busyness of families. In the drive to succeed, many of us put our children in as many activities as we can, hoping to make them into better people. Is that necessary? It's your decision. In this book, however, Ann Kroeker has had the courage to step up and say, no it You can find a lot of talk around the internet and news about the busyness of life, and the busyness of families.
In this book, however, Ann Kroeker has had the courage to step up and say, no it isn't necessary. In her book she talks about the effects that an overcommitted culture can have on our families. Her perspective is Christian and she shares her own story about how embracing a slower pace of life has impacted her family in positive ways.
I love the parts where she talks about the importance of letting children have a somewhat unstructured childhood, and encouraging them to explore and play and have fun. Each chapter ends with Slow Notes, a section with practical ideas you can implement immediately.
Each chapter also ends with Live From the Slow Zone, with anecdotes and experiences from people who are actively living a slower paced life.
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Applicable scriptures are sprinkled throughout the book. One highlight for me was the family Load Line , where much like a ship has a load line or limit to how much cargo it can carry before it is unsafe, so a family has that same load line where too many activities can negatively impact family life. Another highlight was about traditions and the importance of not only having family traditions but taking the time to savor and enjoy them.
I love the resources at the end of the book. Ann has extensive footnotes which give references and sources for her information. She also lists blogs and other resources at her website. I thoroughly enjoyed this gem of a book.
It is one I will reread as I look to find ideas and ways to simplify my family's life. When I started reading this I thought, "I already live a slow life, so none of this will be new to me.
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It's so easy to want to live life in a run-rushing through the present to get to an exciting future. But while doing that we miss all the wonderful, simple things surrounding us. I recommend this book to everyone. It is down to earth and very well written. The When I started reading this I thought, "I already live a slow life, so none of this will be new to me.
The author never appears a know-it-all, but rather shares her own struggles and process of learning to slow down. Different Bible versions are used I prefer the KJV , but there are a lot of passages mentioned and not written out. Read this Apr 30, Appel Aja rated it liked it.
One of my biggest goals as a parent will be to create a calm, relaxing home. I see so many families today that have their children signed up for a large number of sports and extracurricular activities. These families often seem frazzled, stressed out, and just generally not enjoying life. This book helped me clarify and think through what I want the priorities for my family to be.
Although the author provided some statistics, the book was mostly her writing about things that worked for her own f One of my biggest goals as a parent will be to create a calm, relaxing home. Although the author provided some statistics, the book was mostly her writing about things that worked for her own family. Jul 25, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: women , parenting. I used to think that being a good time manager meant getting organized and fitting MORE into my day.
He often prunes to produce more fruit. Ann reminded me of the value of slowing down so that I can better hear His still, small voice. Jul 15, Eraina rated it really liked it. It had good Scripture, research and statistics, case studies and practical ideas throughout on why and how to be unhurried with our families in the areas of worshiping God, loving and serving others, rest, traditions, technology, God's creation, money and spending, sexuality, personal creativity, and family. Jul 04, Chandra rated it liked it. I love the concept I think we are too often in a hurry and lately I've put "hurry" on my list of naughty words because I think it destroys so much goodness.
She gives some great ideas of how to just relax. I need to stop being worried about craming every single minute of the day full of fantastic opportunities to grow and excel. Sep 05, Kristi rated it liked it. Most of this stuff we already do, but for a free e-book it is a pretty good read appropriately, read its entirety while inching along 35 to Round Rock over Labor Day weekend. Note -- I wasn't driving. Includes short testimonies from other parents and ideas for applying the ideas to one's own family life.
Jul 27, Anita rated it it was ok Shelves: couldn-t-push-through. Anecdotally there were some good takeaways--but it didn't seem to connect well with me. Some helpful principles--but the book wasn't interesting or overly practical for me personally. Feb 10, Cheryl Sumitra rated it it was amazing.
I loved this book. Found it so helpful for my life now and am looking forward to rereading as my kids grow and move into new life stages that present new challenges.
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A Focus on the Family Recommendation. Related Products. Patrick Lencioni. Paul Wegner. Author of The Contemplative Mom , Ann Kroeker is an acclaimed writer and speaker 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 including Decision, The Student, Christian Home and School, and Indianapolis Woman.
Ann and her husband, Philippe, have been married 18 years and have four children.
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