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The Overload Syndrome

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Anyone living in today's society knows the struggle of trying to handle busyness. You feel tired, stressed, and burned out. These symptoms are signs that you're suffering from the Overload Syndrome.This book examines where overload comes from and what it can lead to while offering prescriptions to counteract its effects and restore time to rest and space to heal.Find the s ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published August 1st 1998)
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Love this's the kind I'll need to read over and over to truly absorb all the good advice and wisdom. First of all, I've learned that I need to create margin in my schedule. That I should give myself more time to do something than I think it will take and I should not fill my entire day (duh. right?). I also began to think about stuff that we all take for granted in a different way, such as the telephone/cell phone. I don't have to be at everyone's beck and call. I can own the phone and ...more
Craig Houston
I loved this book, because it was providentially given at a time when I was overwhelmed by life and ministry. Though I may not agree with every specific recommendation, I think Dr. Swensen makes a strong case that we are so overloaded by stuff that we can't enjoy the life that God has given nor the people that he has placed in our lives.
This was a great book dealing with how overloaded we become, especially in our current fast-paced society. " 'Someone has described a modern American,' wrote pastor and college president Paul Billheimer, 'as a person who drives a bank-financed car over a bond-financed highway on credit card gas to open a charge account at a department store so he can fill his Savings and Loan financed home with installment-purchased furniture.' "

The author gives "prescriptions" to allow more margin in different
Disregard the somewhat dated technological references, and the book still makes valid points about not letting out stuff control us, making space for the people in our lives, and making our lives purposeful and intentional. Good reading.
Melodie Harris
Mar 07, 2015 Melodie Harris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: stressed out people
Made me reflect on how our busy, multi-tasking world of really bad for us. Slow down and enjoy life. Besides explaining how stress was once necessary to save human life (and it still is in many respects), this book explains how being in that mode constantly is why we cannot enjoy our lives. It is a good read and well worth the money.

If you are struggling with stress--which I didn't realize I was—this book will help you. If you feel like you are not enjoying your hobbies, this book will help you.
Such a good book for this day and age when everyone is so busy. We don't always have to do it all or be it all.
Great book on learning to live within your limits and have something left over at the end of the day!
Jun 26, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Julie by: Focus on the Family
ALL OF US TYPE A personalities need to read this book! Christian-based.
Practical, but a little boring and surface
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