Overload is a wonderful book that fits our times perfectly. Most of us feel overwhelmed and overstressed at all times. No matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to unwind and unplug from the many technologies that are part of our lives.
Stress is one of the main culprits for the myriad health problems and anxiety issues that are so much a part of our lives. We can’t seem to get out of the boulevard of stress that plagues us. This can lead to sleeplessness and also chronic fatigue to the point where we can’t sleep or relax. It can also result in more serious health concerns such as heart disease and cancer.
According to Joyce Meyer, overload is when the burdens of everyday life are overwhelming. She knows about overload first-hand, having experiencing it herself for many years. This book will help the reader identify the catalysts of worry in their lives, as well as offer us the practical, effective advice and scriptural wisdom we all need to manage stress most effectively.
The really bad news is that none of us in the twenty-first century are immune from stress. However, the good news is that we don’t have to simply succumb to it. We can manage stress by calling on God’s strength to help us triumph over stress. We can achieve the joyful, peaceful life that we are all intended to live!
What I loved about this book is that it is so practical. Joyce Meyer presents tips that are doable for all of us. The tips she discusses to reduce overload are commonsensical and easy enough to incorporate into our busy lives. All we have to do is to create a few new habits, using her words of wisdom.
I also love Meyer’s emphasis on choice overload. Stress is caused many times by having so many options open to us and our inability to decide which course of action to take that is healthiest for us. She believes that too many choices can make us way too distracted and skewed between so many different options and possibilities. This is what causes stress for us.
What is a bit problematic about the book is that some of the chapters are very detailed. Many times, this requires readers to read and reread certain chapters. Also, some of her suggestions surprised me. For instance who would have thought serving and blessing others would be a cure for stress?
As a philosopher, I know first-hand how important it is to be much more conscious and grounded in our lives. Our quality of life will improve and we will also feel much more in control. Further, by pacing ourselves and trying to overcome overload, we can achieve this one day at a time by taking Joyce Meyer’s tips to heart.
If you’re finding you have more stress in your life but you don’t know how to handle it, this is definitely the book for you. It is also a great book for those of us who don’t want to get stressed out in the first place by teaching us how to make better choices, where we can, so as not to add more stress in our life.