Every woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself.
While life is busy with a litany of must-dos--work, child-rearing, keeping house, grocery shopping, laundry and on and on--women do not have to push their own needs aside. Yet this is often what happens. There's just no time, right? Wrong.
In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of time they already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one's schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend.
Perfect for any woman who is doing everything for everyone--except herself--The Fringe Hours is ideal for both individuals and small group use.
- Not just for moms!
Like so many books by and for Christian women, I was skeptical about how much of this book would be mommy-focused, but I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by this book, and very much appreciated it's perspective, thoughtfulness, and encouragement for all women, regardless of their current place in life.
Turner addresses an struggle that is common to, and exhausting for, all women: doing so much for others and putting oneself so far down on the list, that sometimes we don't find ourselves there at all. "The Fringe Hours" is both practical and encouraging, emphasizing that women who make time for self-care and feeding their own creative desires, are more whole, rested and able to bless others. The author shares her own practical tips, as well as those from many others, providing the listener with various strategies that give the reader numerous options for finding the solutions that work best for them.
Mercer-Meyer's performance is a great complement to the book's subject matter, communicating empathy, encouragement and caring.
- Creating Margins In Your Life
The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner is an extremely practical and liberating book aimed at women to help them find time to do something for themselves after selflessly serving others all day long. People are getting busier and finding time to relax or doing something beneficial to long term happiness is getting lost in the packed schedule.
Jessica provides some sound advice on how very busy women can make time in their busy schedule to do something they really love. The emphasis of the book is taking advantage of those fringe hours that can often get wasted instead of enjoyed.
As a male this book is targeted at women but the principles and strategies included are just as applicable to busy men. I often get to the end of the weekend and wonder what I actually got done and if I got to relax or do something I really enjoy. I will definitely try to incorporate some of these good ideas into my life.
The narration was very good, unlike most people I don't mind if the author doesn't read it but the narrator has to read it with passion and Carla Mercer-Meyer, the narrator on this book, does this really well.
This book is a must for anyone with an extremely busy schedule who just isn't enjoying life because they don't take time to invest in themselves.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- The Centrality of Fringe Hours
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (http://jacobscafe.blogspot.com/).
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You was one of the best nonfiction audiobooks I've listened to in a while. Jessica Turner essentially writes about self-care in the midst of a busy life.
I know a lot about self-care. I've read/listened to several books on the topic. I've taught it and reinforced it in therapy and parent education groups. I still suck at it, but I'm familiar with the topic. This is one of the most down-to-earth, practical, realistic, reflective, and emotionally-connected books on the topic.
Probably the highest praise I can give for it is that somehow it actually resulted in my making some small changes in my activities, even before the book was over, to improve my self-care. The concept of fringe hours (finding bits and pieces of time throughout the day) was not terribly novel to me. I've very good at planning well ahead and being quite efficient. But I think the key that was most helpful in this text was helping me be even more aware of the prioritizing of activities, especially those that are meant to be for fun.
I think one of the strengths of this book was that it is not prescriptive nor guilt-inducing. Rather, it provides many different frames on life, time, and our choice of activities that can likely reach a variety of readers. Turner offers several practical examples of how to use time effectively to bring ourselves life. She makes a compelling picture of the centrality of making time for ourselves without overspiritualizing or overpsychologizing it while balancing that with strong substance.
My biggest criticism is that this book is really targeted toward women. It says so in the description, and the language used throughout the book reinforces that frame. Turner talks about tendencies in women, but they were all descriptive of me. As a psychologist, I don't see these trends as being unique to women, albeit there are some social pressures to conform into certain patterns. However, she may be unintentionally reinforcing some gender stereotypes. More importantly, by framing this text only in terms of women, she may have lost a massive audience who just as desperately needs to use their fringe hours (actually, I need it FAR more than my wife). But if men can get over the feminine pronouns, it can still be quite useful.
Finally, Carla Mercer-Meyer does a superb job of narration. My common complaint of nonfiction audiobooks is that they're often not read by the authors, so there's a sense of passion and personality that's lost. However, Mercer-Meyer conveys both so well that she could have been mistaken for the author. It was one of the best (if not the best) narrated nonfiction audiobook I've listened to (and there's many on my list).
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I have seen this new book called The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner mentioned on a few blogs. I was glad to be able to listen to the audio version.
When I read this book's description, I thought it sounded interesting so I would give it a try. What I liked was this was a practical book of ways for women to take time for themselves. Women are busy whether they are stay at home Moms or work outside the home, and it is vital for women to make time for themselves in all stages of life. Women need to make it a priority to find time to do something they enjoy just for them. There are many reasons we do not do this because of guilt and the pressures of comparison due to social media. The author asks the reader to identify her passions and use those to find what you will enjoy doing during your "fringe hours." When we pursue our passions as women, we will end up being better wives, mothers, and friends. Some scriptures are mentioned but not many. I found this to be a useful book that would be beneficial to women no matter what stage of life they are experiencing.
Reading this book would be a good first step in making time for yourself as a woman!
This audio book was read by Carla Mercer-Meyer. I did not enjoy her reading at first but got used to it as the book went on.
I received this book via the christianaudio Reviewers Program for my honest review. Thank you.
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