Item description for Overcoming Overload: Seven Ways to Find Rest in Your Chaotic World by Steve Farrar...
Overview Every new day brings more commitments that are demanding to be squeezed in. "Overcoming Overload" helps frenzied men and women weed out wrong ideas about life and rediscover God's essential principles of balanced living.
Publishers Description There is no more room in our lives. Yet every new day brings more commitments demanding to be squeezed in. "Overcoming Overload "helps frenzied men and women weed out wrong ideas about life and rediscover God's essential principles of balanced living, including: - You Need a Sabbath - You Need Sustenance - You Need to Simplify - You Need a Sanctuary This biblical way of life promises rest, satisfaction, and contentment amidst daily responsibilities. Leave the overwhelmed life and discover the abundant life You live a full life--"very full. " You're running on a treadmill, going faster and faster. It's a push to fit everything in: family, career, friends, fitness, finances--at a pace that never quits. Add a sudden dose of the unexpected--the heavy things that demand an emotional response--and the stress can be overwhelming. Is there any relief in sight? "Yes " Far from "time management" strategies, Steve and Mary Farrar search through the Scriptures, showing you where to find sanctuary from the demands of modern life. The Farrar's boldly encourage you to examine the beliefs that drive you to distraction and discover how to trade them for practices that restore your strength and vitality. For whatever weighs you down, you can offload the excess and prevent burnout. Leave the overwhelmed life and discover the abundant life
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Jun 3, 2004
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590523350 ISBN13 9781590523353
Availability 0 units.
More About Steve Farrar
STEVE FARRAR (California State, Western Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the founder and chairman of Mens Leadership Ministries and a speaker for these and other conferences and events around the country, including Promise Keepers. Steve is the author of King Me, How to Ruin Your Life by Forty, Point Man, and God Built. The Farrars have three grown children and currently reside in suburban Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.stevefarrar.com.
Steve Farrar currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Overcoming Overload: Seven Ways to Find Rest in Your Chaotic World?
Much needed Oct 14, 2008
This book hits every American except a rare few who have learned more is not the end all to be all; the American dream lately is seen to be fragmenting due to greed, overspending etc. and this book gives rational insights how to stop it for your own family.
What happened to the topic from the title? Feb 6, 2007
I listened to the unabridged audiocassette version of "Overcoming Overload." The book began with a stirring case against the American suburban plague of overload. At that point, I was tracking with the Farrars and excited for the rest of the book.
However, after presenting such a compelling vision against overload, the authors essentially abandoned that topic and spent the remainder of the book avoiding practical solutions to the problem that they so clearly explicated. Instead, they decided to write a book on the classic spiritual disciplines, utilizing different terms than normal (sustenance rather than Bible study, supplication rather than prayer) to fit their S-word alliteration.
Ultimately, as books on spiritual disciplines go, this one is solid. Richard Foster's "Celebration of Discipline" is more comprehensive, and John Ortberg's "The Life You've Always Wanted" is more engaging. But "Overcoming Overload" is perfectly fine as the Farrars lay out their prescription for the vibrant Christian life.
My frustration is that this information was not what I wanted when I bought this book. Throughout the entire book, excluding the introduction, the specific references to overcoming overload are few and far between. I suppose that the authors intentionally avoided a "how-to" approach to overcoming overload, but I still felt misled about what I had purchased. It's as if they decided that the best solution to anyone burdened by overload is to be a faithful, committed Christian. Though that is true, it's a very generic response for what would equally apply to any problem that a person might experience. I wanted more specific reference to the titled topic.
Other minor quibbles involve some theological perspectives that were communicated rather dogmatically, without sufficient support. For instance, Farrar is apparently a relatively committed Calvinist, but describes his theological positions without any detail. Again, if I had known that this was a more theologically-driven work, this would have made sense.
At the end of the day, the Farrars have written a helpful book. If it were titled, "How to Live a Good Christian Life" or "Disciplines for A True Disciple," it would have made sense. But they appeared to select a very useful title, get distracted by something more interesting, and essentially abandon the initial premise. That was frustrating for me. If you have appropriate expectations, I would expect that you will appreciate it.
Not what I thought it would be..but TOTALLY what I needed to hear! Jan 13, 2007
WOW...this was easy and fun to read. It helped me to realign my life, so I could OVERCOME OVERLOAD! I am so glad I found this book, as I was reading it I just kept saying to everyone: " This is such an awesome book, one of the best I have ever read!" I hope it helps everyone as much as it has helped me! The principles are easy to grasp and clearly explained...what's better is they are biblical and back up by the Highest Source.
Great book with sound advice from the Bible Jun 10, 2004
If you are just overwhelmed and tired of the way things are going in your life, read this book and you will find keys which brings you to peace that surpasses all understanding. Highly recommend to all who leads a very busy and frantic lifestyle. It will help you put your priorities straight.
Biblical advice for an epidemic in the Body of Christ Feb 27, 2004
Steve Farrar is known for his books targeted to men. Writing with his wife, Mary, he addresses both men and women who do too much in this book. This small volume contains Biblical advice for combating the drive to do too much, and to cope when life's circumstances cause almost unbearable pressure. Farrar is one of the best writers in the Christian market - he communicates a warmth and sense of humor that make the material more understandable. Highly recommended.