This is a great book if you feel that you are always on the go and need incentive and examples of women and families who have SLOWED DOWN. It is an easy read, yet has thought-provoking ideas to contemplate as an individaul or in a small group discussion.
I have found this book to be invaluable in assisting me to pause in my daily life and take a thoughtful assessment of what (and WHY) I am doing certain things. It is very easy to read and has lots of examples from real life situations. Personally, I have ordered 4 copies to share with friends.
Criticisms would include that it heavily-favors mothers dealing with small children. As an unmarried woman, some of the scenarios didn't apply, but I can extrapolate and apply the practices to my situation.
Another critique is that it is premised on a familiarity with the New Testament Bible and Christ's teachings. This can be daunting for non-Christians, however, I assume that if one is reading this book, one can be openminded and take the lesson that is being offered without dealing with the religious issues in the examples.
Liked the individual stories of the crammed full, overly scheduled lives of people, many of whom are doing activities for their ministry. Very thought-provoking "exercises" in each chapter. A quick read - but the journaling or answering the questions require your time and honest introspection. Not only Christian lives are examined. "...pay attention...purposely...One of the keys to simplicity is mindfulness. Being intentional, paying attention. It's about being present in the moment but keeping the big picture in mind. Living mindfully means choosing carefully what you say no to and yes to, and knowing why you are doing so..." page 115