This book has inspired me to carve out a peaceful space for the next few weeks. I’ll take a blogging break from now until July 31. Thanks for understanding, and I’ll resume my normal Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posting schedule then. Now, for the book review!
Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy: Making Room for Your Soul in an Overcrowded Life is Nicole Johnson’s story of how a personal crisis made her realign her priorities. She was pushing herself too hard, spinning in the crazy circles so many of us understand and experience. Between being a wife and mother of two little children, trying to keep her household running, working, traveling, and attempting to maintain friendships, she was wearing herself too thin.
After an unexpected end to a close relationship, she learned her need to stop and process her pain in a quiet space. This particular space created new calm in her soul, and she rebuilt her life around it.
I found Nicole’s story to be refreshingly honest. She’s funny and witty too. This quote made me laugh:
If I had a nickel for every time someone suggested balance as a solution for crazy, I could buy my own beam.
So true of myself! And this quote made me think:
There is nothing money can buy that is worth having if we can’t come home to ourselves.
The part of the book that resonated with me most was about processing old wounds. In her grieving process, she uncovered her buried reasons for feeling compelled toward a crazy schedule. Her crazy schedule was based on a need for fulfillment and importance, needs that never got met in her troubled childhood.
I understand how that feels. I understand the need to keep striving to prove my worth, because I struggled with feelings of low self-worth in my own troubled childhood. Nicole did a great job of probing the heart of the problem with tenderness and poignancy, and she inspired me to look deeper into my own subconscious motivations for pursuing the crazy life.
She walks you through her method of identifying the crazy factors in your life, carving out a calm center, reducing and replacing, and living with more intentional choices. I learned some new things from her method, and that’s why I’m carving out this quieter place in my writing schedule for the next three weeks.
What I’ll be doing in my peaceful space:
- Focusing on writing my book proposal to present at She Speaks 2017 (prayers appreciated!)
- Forming a master creative plan for the next six months
- Finding more time with God to reflect, pray, and praise
I plan to come back in three weeks with less crazy and more calm in my schedule. My schedule will never be perfectly aligned, but I can balance it better so I don’t burn out so quickly.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from the Booklook Bloggers program.
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