Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Book Review: The Fringe Hours

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From the Back:

"The Fringe Hours is like one gigantic permission slip to carve out some space in your day for the things that give you joy and feed your soul."--Brigid Schulte, New York Times bestselling author of Overwhelmed


For the woman who is doing everything for everyone--except herself
Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours--those little pockets of time you already have in your day--in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from taking time for themselves regularly. You'll also discover tips for maximizing the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother, and friend.


My Reflections:

Going into this book I was pretty excited to read a book that might help me carve out some much needed down time. Homeschooling my kids, working part time and running a small farm has definitely left me feeling drained and as limp as a wet rag. Time to reflect and spend with God was something I was craving, big time!

I loved the quote "time slipping through one's fingers like sand" that's just how I feel I thought to myself, that time is somehow sliding through my fingers, and no matter how hard I try to grasp it and hold on, the faster it rushes right on through. So this book was very timely and it's content so relevant to my life and stage.

The Fringe Hours offers hope for us time depleted moms, Turner offers suggestions on how to make every minute count in your day and how to turn wasted space into life giving manna. Who wouldn't want to rekindle passion for hobbies, health and spiritual well being?

My favorite chapter in this book was part three "Maximize" This chapter was all about prioritizing activities, using time efficiently, overcoming obstacles and embracing help if needed.
This chapter and honestly the whole book really spoke to my soul. I realized why I am feeling so burnt out and frazzled, I am not living the way God intended. I loved the reminder about how are time is spent, reflects what is really important to us. Wake up call...is Facebook really a reflection of  what I want to glorify in my life, I think not!

This book has many sections where the learning is reinforced with journaling and self reflecting questions to ask. Also included is a section labeled Motivation, who doesn't love to be motivated, right? A perfect blend of multi dimensional learning takes place just by reading the text, brilliant!

So if you are looking to refresh and carve out time for self growth, I highly recommend reading this book, you will most likely come away with tidbits that will encourage you to live a more fulfilled and glorifying life, I know there will be things I will be changing!

I received this book free of charge in return for my honest opinion from Graf-Martin Communications, thank you Graf-Martin!


About The Author

  1. Jessica N. Turner

    Jessica N. Turner

    Jessica N. Turner is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative, where she documents her pursuit of cultivating a life well-crafted (www.themomcreative.com). Additionally, she is a writer for DaySpring's (in)courage, an advocate for...
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