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The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group (Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576830675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576830673
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,025,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DO YOU DREAD GOING TO WORK? ARE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS STRAINED FROM STRESS? DO YOU WISH YOU COULD CHECK INTO A HOSPITAL JUST TO GET SOME SLEEP? Busyness. Stress. Overload. Anyone living in today's society knows the struggle of trying to handle the demands of life at the turn of the millennium. You don't have enough time to do the things you have to do - let alone those things you'd like to do. You feel tired, worn out, and burned out. You're not alone. These symptoms are not a figment of your imagination. They're signs that you're suffering from a virulent new disease that affects millions of people - The Overload Syndrome. Where does overload come from? What does it look like? What will it lead to? Most important, what can you do about it? The Overload Syndrome examines these questions and offers prescriptions to counteract its effects and restore time to rest and space to heal. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Richard A. Swenson, M.D., is a physician, researcher, futurist, author, and educator. Following five years of private practice and fifteen years of clinical teaching with the University of Wisconsin Medical School, he currently conducts research and writes full time about the future of the world system, culture, faith, and healthcare. Dr. Swenson is the author of six books, including Margin, More Than Meets The Eye, and A Minute Of Margin. He and his wife, Linda, live in Menomonie, Wisconsin. They have two sons, Matthew and Adam, and a daughter-in-law Maureen. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dr. Swenson hits it square on - our society worships overload.... overloaded schedules, overloaded homes with no place to put all of the "stuff" we acquire and no TIME to use it, and overloaded spirits, where there is no room to hear our creator, as we cry out from weariness. This book was a life-changer for me, and it will be my gift of choice for all of my family and friends for some time to come. What a welcome message...that we don't need to do it all, and in fact, we HURT ourselves, our families, and our communities, by stuffing our lives so full that we have no breathing room to see the beautiful sunset, to hear the sound of the hummingbirds outside the window, to experience the joy of watching our growing children, to be a friend, to respond to our God who seeks us. If everyone read this book, and took it seriously, I can only being to imagine what a wonderful place we'd create.
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I started reading Dr. Swenson's books because I heard they were chosen for our large group study at our church. I am a small group leader, and people in our group asked what "Margin" and "Overload" were all about. I thought I'd better get the books and find out. They both really spoke to me where I live...at the edge! I think I got more out of overload because Dr. Swenson takes less time explaining the phenomenon, and more giving his "prescriptions." I'm looking forward to building more margin into my life with the help Dr. Swenson gives as well as helping others to see how they can as well. I was privileged to meet Dr. Swenson when he came to talk to our church. The turnout was amazing! You can tell that this is an important issue for our times. I highly recommend the books.
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I read this book and it has changed my entire outlook on life----family, work, my faith. The insight and arguments made bring relevance to the pressures and problems of everyday life. The author lives what he writes and helps us learn to live a life that is counter culture, one that is totally focused on Christ.
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my favourite book.I have read and reread this book it puts life into its right place.I agree with everything he says, I have taken a lot of what he says into my life,my desires are different since reading this book.And it has been life changing.even to the point of being debt free as I realize material possesions are not what we need.we also watch a lot less tele now and enjoy our lives as a happy family .I love this book as it puts Gods ways in the right place in this greedy world.Amen.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d414570) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8fc210) out of 5 stars Excellent Read! Better Than "Margin". 2 Mar. 2003
By Michael Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In my humble opinion, "Overload Syndrome" is better than Swenson's first book, "Margin", mainly because the author gets to the prescription sooner and spends less time defining the problem.
For example, in "Margin", you are over 1/3 into the book before Swenson gives a clear and comprehensive definition of the term "margin". In "Overload Syndrome", Swenson spends the first 50 pages describing overload syndrome and the last 150 giving prescriptions for the problems. Therefore, more text in "Overload Syndrome" is spent giving solutions. Granted, in our time and age we want a quick fix to our problems without delving deeply into the problem. However, Swenson's prescriptions are not the quick fixes we may have grown accustomed to and are profound in their simplicity.
For example, some of Swenson's excellent prescriptions include how to:

1. Make solitude a priority for resting and thinking.
2. Deal correctly with possesions so they do not
possess you.
3. Combat media overload.
4. Deal with information overload.
5. Make wise choices.
6. Lower expectations.
7. Slow down and enjoy life.
Practically everyone who reads the book struggles with one or more of the above areas and will greatly benefit from reading "Overload Syndrome"!
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d2cf8c4) out of 5 stars A life-changing book that should be required reading 8 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Swenson hits it square on - our society worships overload.... overloaded schedules, overloaded homes with no place to put all of the "stuff" we acquire and no TIME to use it, and overloaded spirits, where there is no room to hear our creator, as we cry out from weariness. This book was a life-changer for me, and it will be my gift of choice for all of my family and friends for some time to come. What a welcome message...that we don't need to do it all, and in fact, we HURT ourselves, our families, and our communities, by stuffing our lives so full that we have no breathing room to see the beautiful sunset, to hear the sound of the hummingbirds outside the window, to experience the joy of watching our growing children, to be a friend, to respond to our God who seeks us. If everyone read this book, and took it seriously, I can only being to imagine what a wonderful place we'd create.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8ff8c4) out of 5 stars What the world needs to hear today 8 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I started reading Dr. Swenson's books because I heard they were chosen for our large group study at our church. I am a small group leader, and people in our group asked what "Margin" and "Overload" were all about. I thought I'd better get the books and find out. They both really spoke to me where I live...at the edge! I think I got more out of overload because Dr. Swenson takes less time explaining the phenomenon, and more giving his "prescriptions." I'm looking forward to building more margin into my life with the help Dr. Swenson gives as well as helping others to see how they can as well. I was privileged to meet Dr. Swenson when he came to talk to our church. The turnout was amazing! You can tell that this is an important issue for our times. I highly recommend the books.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8ffb28) out of 5 stars It will change your life if you take it seriously. 27 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book and it has changed my entire outlook on life----family, work, my faith. The insight and arguments made bring relevance to the pressures and problems of everyday life. The author lives what he writes and helps us learn to live a life that is counter culture, one that is totally focused on Christ.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8ffc24) out of 5 stars Caught in the whirlwind of life and can't seem to slow down? 1 Aug. 2000
By jen1212 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book can truly change your life if you let its still. small voice bring your life back to what God intended it to be. As this book explains, there are seasons of busyness, and there are seasons of rest. Modern life has sped up to the point that we seem to believe we must be running 25 hours a day, that everything rests on our shoulders. But that isn't true! God doesn't give us more than we can handle- we take the burden on ourselves. This book is not a quick fix guide by any means. It simply explains what the modern overload syndrome is and how to escape, by asking questions and offering broad guidelines that encourage you to look at your life and decide how it needs to change in order to bring back a level of sanity and the margin that we all so desperately need against the world's ever increasing demands.
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