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The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits [Paperback]

By Richard Swenson (Author)
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Dr. Richard Swenson examines the nature of overloaded lives and teaches practical tools for managing overload in the most foundational areas of life. DO YOU DREAD GOING TO WORK? ARE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS STRAINED FROM STRESS? DO YOU WISH YOU COULD CHECK INTO A HOSPITAL JUST TO GET SOME SLEEP? Busyness. Stress. Overload. Anyone living in today's society knows the struggle of trying to handle the load of life at the turn of the millennium. You don't have enough time to do the things you have to, let alone those things you'd like to do. You feel tired, worn out, and burned out. You're not alone. These symptoms are not a figment of your imagination. They're signs that you're suffering from a virulent new disease that affects millions of people, The Overload Syndrome. Where does overload come from? What does it look like? What will it lead to? Most importantly, what can you do about it? The Overload Syndrome examines these questions and offers prescriptions to counteract its effects and restore time to rest and space to heal.

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Anyone living in today's society knows the struggle of trying to handle busyness. You feel tired, stressed, and burned out. These symptoms are signs that you're suffering from the Overload Syndrome. This book of the same name examines where overload comes from and what it can lead to, while offering prescriptions to counteract its effects and restore time to rest and space to heal. Find the secrets of time management while examining your priorities and seeking God's will.

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.51" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2004
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576831310  
ISBN13  9781576831311  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Richard Swenson is the best-selling author of Margin and In Search of Balance. He holds an MD from the University of Illinois and has worked in both private practice and academic medicine within the University of Wisconsin system. Today he is an author, educator, researcher, and futurist with a focus on the connection between health, faith, and culture. Perhaps most important, he is a lifelong student of margin, contentment, simplicity, and balanced living.

Richard Swenson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Experiencing God
  2. Guidebook
  3. LifeChange
  4. Pilgrimage Growth Guide

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Nice to follow, if you have the resources  Jun 25, 2008
I found it ironic that my Christian school where I work decided to have us read this book during the school year when we had other duties heaped on us, including mega-responsibilities on preparing for an accreditation review for the next year. Needless to say, I said "no" to reading this book at that time and postponed it until the summer when I had more time to look it over, even though I was supposed to have read it last year. (I took Dr. Swenson's advice without even reading his book!) I was able to peruse most of the book in an hour and a half plane flight and was able to garner some good tips.

In fact, there is nothing Dr. Swenson said that I totally disagree with, as he certainly has a number of good common-sense strategies to avoid becoming overburdened. As I mentioned, though, I am a teacher with full responsibilities. For me to be successful in my field, I can't just put everything on hold and say "no," as he says in a number of places. (Or, as he writes, "no, no, no.") There are papers to be graded, lessons to be prepared, Powerpoints to be worked on, etc. One way I deal with this stress is to do as much as I can in advance (i.e. summers and weekends) so it doesn't always come to last-minute crunch time and cause an overwhelming desperation. Yet, to be able to be successful in what I do at a Christian school while still having enough resources (read: $) to pay the mortgage as well as $5 a gallon gas, I have to work summers as well as a second job during the school year.

Of course, I chose this profession, and so there is nobody to blame but me for having to commit to these types of stresses in my life. But I doubt any parent of my students who pays good money in tuition would want me to live Swenson's book to the max, or else I would be smiling at their children from 7:35 to 2:45 every day before leaving right after, driving home, turning off the phones, and eating a quiet dinner with the family before playing a game of Checkers with the kiddos and skipping off to bed. These type of teachers get criticized by both parents and administration as underachieving and soon find themselves unemployed.

In addition, I would say that I'm not sure I would want to have a doctor (he wrote this in 1999 and says he won't even own a cell phone until the Cubs win the World Series--maybe this is the year?) who lives his life according to this book. Suppose I needed medical attention and there was no way for anyone to contact the doc because he's having dinner and he's turned off the house phone. Yes, I guess other doctors could do the job, but this man is my doctor--his chosen career with the many benefits that follow--and I expect that he would be available for me, his patient, in my time of need, even if it's during his dinner hour. He reaps the many benefits of being an M.D., so should I really accept the fact that he would continually make himself unavailable because he doesn't want to be "overloaded"? I don't know, perhaps I'm being a little too critical, but I felt the attitude portrayed throughout was very "me-oriented" (I need to take care of my needs, make sure I'm comfortable with my life, etc) when so much of being a doctor (or, in my case, a parent/teacher/husband) requires that others are really more important than me and my needs. Sacrifices do need to be made, even when it makes me uncomfortable.

Yes, my life is busy, and there are rare times when I would say it becomes overloaded. Welcome to the 21st century! So, yes, this review has probably been more critical than it should have been, as Dr. Swenson offers some good strategies that could be utilized to lessen a person's stress in order to learn to live within one's limits. Just take the book with a grain of salt and it could be worthwhile.
Godsend Insight for Workaholic Christians and Churches  Jun 14, 2007
In 25 years of pastoral ministry, I have never seen as much hyperactivity among God's people as I do today. As ministers we share a substantial portion of the blame, working long hours and even experiencing burnout in an attempt to be all things to all people at all times. Swenson's words here are a breath of fresh air to Christians and churches alike who find themselves suffocating beneath unrealistic schedules and expectations.

The author begins by defining overload and emphasizing the reality of human limitations. He then lists several varieties of overload in our society, and offers prescriptions on how to cure each of them. Swenson is not only a professing Christian, but also a practicing physician. The cures offered here are not so much for the body as they are for the heart, soul and mind.

For me, this book is a definite keeper. I'm recommending it to other church leaders who think busyness is akin to godliness. As Swenson expresses here time and time again, just the opposite is true. Busyness is the enemy of godliness.

If you feel you have too many "irons in fire" at home, at work, at school or at church, this book will bring order and renewal to the midst of the chaos. Try it -- you'll see!
Handbook for Life  Aug 19, 2005
This book has great advice about how to manage your (and your family's) life. In these stressful times we should all "slow down and smell the roses".
Excellent Read! Better Than "Margin".  Mar 2, 2003
In my humble opinion, "Overload Syndrome" is better than Swenson's first book, "Margin", mainly because the author gets to the prescription sooner and spends less time defining the problem.

For example, in "Margin", you are over 1/3 into the book before Swenson gives a clear and comprehensive definition of the term "margin". In "Overload Syndrome", Swenson spends the first 50 pages describing overload syndrome and the last 150 giving prescriptions for the problems. Therefore, more text in "Overload Syndrome" is spent giving solutions. Granted, in our time and age we want a quick fix to our problems without delving deeply into the problem. However, Swenson's prescriptions are not the quick fixes we may have grown accustomed to and are profound in their simplicity.

For example, some of Swenson's excellent prescriptions include how to:

1. Make solitude a priority for resting and thinking.
2. Deal correctly with possesions so they do not
possess you.
3. Combat media overload.
4. Deal with information overload.
5. Make wise choices.
6. Lower expectations.
7. Slow down and enjoy life.

Practically everyone who reads the book struggles with one or more of the above areas and will greatly benefit from reading "Overload Syndrome"!

Unplug to Avoid Overload  Dec 28, 2001
It would seem a simple solution. But, in today's world things have become so difficult and solutions so time consuming.That's why Swenson breaks the prescription down into small easy-to-swallow pills. Through humor and a great deal of common sense, Swenson shows how you can carve out a margin in four key areas of your life: emotional, physical, time and financial. By becoming Goal-Focused and God-Focused, you can unplug and eliminate a large portion of the stress in your life, thereby avoiding Overload Syndrome.

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