Monday, June 12, 2017

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life by Nicole Johnson

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life by Nicole Johnson

Are you working harder than ever but feel like you’re accomplishing less?

Does your morning routine make chickens running around headless look sane?

Is your deepest sense of calm found in the bathroom with the door locked?

Do you check social media more than five times per day? Per hour?

Author, speaker, and actor Nicole Johnson knows what it’s like to feel as if you’re drowning in crazy. When she couldn’t catch her breath or stay awake long enough to talk with her husband, let alone God, she sought to find new ways of “being” in her life. Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy is a voice of possibility and peace for women seeking to find a calm spiritual center in a crazy, runaway world. As a wife and mom of young children herself, Nicole recognized that life had become out of control. And, with the help of a crisis, she started her journey to create the very calm she was craving.

Nicole’s voice is authentic, humorous, and practical, and at the same time deeply spiritual and real. She brings rich storytelling together with her desire to find calm, and in the process discovers a deeper faith. Her personal story grounds the book as she abandons mere tips and tricks (and the empty promises of time saving apps), to explore new practices—like creating a room of her own, setting technology boundaries, rediscovering the spiritual disciplines of quiet and still (they’re not bad words)—and then extending those practices to provide a safer, stronger refuge for calm to dwell.

Nicole’s journey is shared with relatable stories, insightful help, and practical ideas that explore the inner life of a recovering crazy busy woman finding her way to calm and a deeper relationship with God.

My Thoughts:
With great courage, humor and knowledge, Nicole shows readers how to discover peace and joy in the craziness of life. Our world will offer us so many distractions, it will even attempt to thwart us off our path or make us frustration when we need to be present. Ms. Johnson gives practical tools on how to handle chaotic schedules and life when things get difficult. I enjoyed this book from a psychology standpoint. I think she does a fantastic job from that angle. I would have liked to see her ajoin the spiritual aspect more with this book. I think faith is a key element too. While she touches on it, I think she could have merged the two more, which is why I am giving this book 4/5 stars. I think this book is good, but it did not hit the faith aspect as deep as I had hoped for. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

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