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Margin the Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits

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Margin

Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. In the push for progress, margin has been devoured. So we are besieged by anxiety, stress, and fatigue. We're overloaded. In Margin, Dr. Swenson provides a prescription against the danger of overloaded lives. Focusing on margin in four key areas-emotional energy, physical energy, time, and financ

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Paperback, 214 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published August 1st 1998)
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Linda
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should probably re-read it already. The ease of getting things done ensures that you keep trying to get more done, and then frustrated because there are still things to do....Suffice to say, it's just as important as it ever was to rest from your labors and pray that they be made effective. It's unimportant to get caught up in the idea that you might suffer because you've left something undone. Life comes with mess, and saying "no" is a necessity. ...more
Liberty
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life, way back when I had a a preschooler and two elementary-aged children. We home-schooled, took care of thoroughbred race horses for our landlord, had a menagerie of farm animals, were heavily involved in church classes and activities, and had multiple different extracurricular activities for the children, plus actually homeschooling! Life was crazy, I was struggling to juggle it all, and juggle it well. This book changed all of that.

After reading this book, I changed my
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Robin
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this book...it'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
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
John
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: minimalism
Richard A. Swenson is more known for his book “Margin” as it is also referenced in this one and tackle a few of the same things. This book is a practical guide on how to get rid of the overload in every aspect of life. It’s main focus is on giving advice, and does that in 175 chunks delivered trough chapters on different situations. The content feels a bit outdated, but it does not matter much. A few advices as well, but it is mostly transferable to modern standards - unless of course, you are s ...more
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Gary Madonna
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this while in tumultuous times at work. Trying to balance life. This book helped. Written by a physician.
Al Hoeft
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important book but perhaps a little dated. Time for an updated version?
Niel
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Christian focussed book on managing workload and avoiding burnout. There were many helpful guides to managing and changing one's lifestyle to avoid falling into these traps. ...more
Elaine
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book too, although it's similar to the other book of his that I read ("Margin"). This one focuses on the many areas that we are often overloaded (work, possessions, choices, hurried-ness, media, etc) ...some apply to me more than others, but I can see the effects on our culture everywhere from the amount of overload we are all dealing with. He gives lots of practical ideas of what to do, some are more drastic than others, but if you're going to really get rid of the stress of being ...more
Melodie Harris
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Sarah
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book for dealing with burnout
Cheryl
Aug 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2008
Practical, but a little boring and surface
Mary
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on learning to live within your limits and have something left over at the end of the day!
Sarah
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a good and needful read. Life changing. At times it does seem dated, but still strong truths.
Autumn Klepper
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soooooo much practical wisdom in this book. I will probably read again down the road....or at least skim through all of my highlights and notations.
Julie
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melissa
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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