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Too Busy to Live: The Addiction America Applauds [Paperback]

Rick Fowler

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Book Description

May 1 2005
WHY ARE WE SO BUSY? Christian Counselor and Fitness Expert Team Up To Find Answers

An addiction is sweeping our country; but little is being done to stop it. There is no government task force to study the problem, no commission headed by a "Czar" to combat it, and there are few expressions of concern from our pulpits. In fact, most businesses and major corporations encourage or even require their employees to indulge themselves freely in the addiction. Even most church leaders commend their members who have fallen into it and exhort others to follow their example.

This addiction is not to a drug or any substance. It is not to antisocial or what is considered immoral behavior. Yet, it can be just as destructive. It is a behavioral disorder that presents itself as compulsive, excessive busyness.

Dr. Rick Fowler, Director of Prestonwood Christian Counseling Center in Dallas and author of ten books, combines his expertise with Cassie Findley, Director of Continuing Education for Curves International fitness centers, to plot an escape route for those who are trapped in the cycle of busyness addiction. American culture is driving us to be excessively busy because it is based on postmodern thought patterns. The way out is to return to the Judeo-Christian values that made this country great.

When the Puritans settled in America they brought with them a work ethic based on a sense of personal calling from God. They believed that every individual has a God-given purpose in life, and a responsibility to use his gifts and abilities to serve God and his fellow man. Our culture has generally abandoned that idea in favor of a self-centered approach to life based on New Age spirituality.

When one considers himself to be god, with limitless possibilities for fulfillment but no definite purpose, life becomes a frantic search for meaning and fulfillment. Although Christians do not accept most of the presuppositions of postmodern thought, nevertheless, they are unconsciously caught up in the behavioral patterns that the culture typically produces.

Fowler and Findley explore practical, proven Biblical principles to offset the drivenness of our culture and restore health and balance to life. Dr. Fowler draws from over thirty years of counseling experience to deal with the emotional problems associated with busyness addiction. Restoring balance in life and relationships is the model used in Dr. Fowler’s counseling ministry. He is the author of Together on a Tightrope, co-author of The Serenity Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, and Steps to a New Beginning, winner of the Gold Medallion Award. For over 26 years Cassie Findley has done extensive research on stress management, physical and spiritual fitness. For fifteen years she served as Director of Health Education and Wellness and Assistant Dean for Students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Fair Havens Publications (May 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096648035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966480351
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,676,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for my practice members Aug. 21 2005
By Tim D. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Ok, required may be a little strong but it is definately recommended. Hits home for many of us on the work/spend/consume treadmill. Scripture-based and well researched, this text provides guidance and assurance that there is truly more to life than grabbing for the brass ring. I provide a copy of this book to my practice members.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good practical help for this addiction Nov. 18 2005
By Paulito - Published on Amazon.com
The subtitle, "The Addiction America Applauds," suggests that something is askew in our culture. Could it be the Protestant work ethic racing down the tracks out of control in a way that was never intended?

The authors look at the historical and spiritual roots of this problem, and though they permit you to skip the historical info and move straight to the practical stuff, I found it interesting.

Since almost all of us are caught up in this addiction to one degree or another, it would be hard to read this book without finding lots of changes you can apply to your own life.
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