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The Age of Overwhelm

Strategies for the Long Haul

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Whether you are overwhelmed by work, school or your personal life, just a few subtle shifts can help sustain you, suggests Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, bestselling author of Trauma Stewardship. She offers concrete strategies to help mitigate harm, cultivate decency and act with integrity. This book aims to help ease the feeling of being overwhelmed and offers ways to navigate what is yet to come.

Author: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Year of Publishing: 2018
Number of Pages: 200

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  1. Carol Evans (verified owner)

    I love it. I had a good cry from the very beginning. I couldn’t set it down once I started.

  2. Ashley Flowers (verified owner)

    Very insightful, inspiring for young readers

  3. hmeck (verified owner)

    There were some great parts in the book, and several parts really resonated with me. However, I felt that a lot of the advice given for dealing with overwhelm was generic, the type of advice that nearly everyone gives for self-care tips. Overall I’d say that this book is well-written and worth checking out if you are curious. However, if you are already fairly self-reflective and looking for deeper advice then this book may not provide what you are looking for.

  4. michlindawright92 (verified owner)

    A good helpful read

  5. Kaylabolnick (verified owner)

    Incredible book! Super helpful!

  6. Kaylabolnick (verified owner)

    Incredible book!! Super helpful!

  7. Kaylabolnick (verified owner)

    Incredible book!! Super helpful! I would reread this book in seconds!

  8. TSanderson (verified owner)

    Super helpful! Would read again!

  9. Cheryl Frances (verified owner)

    I appreciated the fact this book cautioned readers who may already be overwhelmed not to let the reading of the book become yet another factor! It took me a while to go through, but I did find its advice, although much of it not new to me, reassuring. A helpful reminder on maintaining perspective and assessing priorities.

  10. Hilary Mankofsky (verified owner)

    Not the most specific book. There’s some great information here for sure and worth a read! However, like another reviewer talked about, if you self reflect and have done some research on this topic then you won’t get a lot more information out of this book. I wish it was a longer book and got more specific.

  11. Celiarn (verified owner)

    Thought provoking read. It made reflect on what in my life is causing the feeling of being overwhelmed and how should go about to change to be in the present.

  12. nonirose (verified owner)

    I’m an overthinker, over worrier and always thinking the what ifs. The age of Overwhelm has been helpful for me to take steps and break things down, keep my integrity when I can’t control what is going on around me (and to me!) and has turned my focus around. The author brings in examples that hit home to me. It makes the book feel it was personally written for me.

  13. Brandy Hess (verified owner)

    A very good overall perspective about life and moving forward

  14. Cdillard (verified owner)

    As someone who is chronically overwhelmed, I really enjoyed this book.

  15. JK (verified owner)

    It’s very insightful and brings you hope when you work in trauma stewardship. I really enjoyed it.

  16. ttmartin76 (verified owner)

    Good reminders throughout.

  17. ttmartin76 (verified owner)

    Felt it gave me reassurance that I was not alone.

  18. Kristan Beckwith (verified owner)

    Great book for teachers!

  19. Eduardo Sanabria (verified owner)

    Great book!

  20. Kathy Franson (verified owner)

    Found the book to be very helpful with a lot of good advice.

  21. yesimajensen (verified owner)

    Very helpful and inspiring read!

  22. aburdett (verified owner)

    Great Read!

  23. Nicole Kieffer (verified owner)

    This book contained a lot of practical advice on how to deal with the overwhelm that comes with our modern life. I recommend this book!

  24. Nicole Moody (verified owner)

    A poor book. While the idea is a good one, the profane language and jokes about drug use detract from the book and leave it less than uplifting. The author also makes incorrect assumptions – i.e. that I am overwhelmed because I’m addicted to caffeine. While those may be the case for some, it’s not the case for me. I don’t consume caffeine.

    There are so many other better books that offer helpful, clear advice about mindfulness. This book adds to the problem of overwhelm by burying its message among profanity, tangents, and incorrect assumptions.

  25. Kristine Kjarval (verified owner)

    Other than pulling up the race card through out the book, I should have paid more attention to the author’s last statement in her introduction:

    “So, the book itself is guided by a less is more framework. For all that’s omitted… I apologize. I also acknowledge that most, if not all, of the contents of this book may be know to you already. Expression is not revelation”. Laura van Dernoot

    So there it is. Save yourself time and read something else.

  26. christinalynnhead (verified owner)

    this book gave a good view on looking at things in a different perspective of your own. Takes the taboo away from being overwhelmed, as we are only human.

  27. Ryanon Medeiros (verified owner)

    This was a great, easy read. Great tips and reminders about how things and ways of being contribute to these stages and patterns of overwhelm. Will definitely reference again.

  28. justareader (verified owner)

    Just what I needed to put things into perspective

  29. Candice (verified owner)

    This book really hit home for me. It’s a fantastic read with great reassurance.

  30. DeAnna Pickett (verified owner)

    Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is an amazing presenter and writer. This book was validating and helpful for how to not get sucked into the darkness and hopelessness.

  31. kerricoldren (verified owner)

    I am eagerly awaiting to read this and look forward to doing so when it’s available again.

  32. Beth Lafleur (verified owner)

    Very interesting read. Very timely.

  33. kmills (verified owner)

    I recommend this book to anyone working in the social welfare field

  34. George Weatherford (verified owner)

    Vandernoot Lipsky has a lot to say, on very deep issues, with just enough humor and insight to make it anything but a chore to read her books. This one is no exception.

  35. dawnmgeoppinger (verified owner)

    Dealing with overwhelm and burnout, this book provided concrete ways to get out of survival mode and shift into a different frame of mind.

  36. german (verified owner)

    A good follow up to this author’s book Trauma Stewardship. If you haven’t read that one, I would start there. I did feel at first that getting through this read would be just another thing on my to-do list but it didn’t feel that way at all. Recommend.

  37. M Bartel (verified owner)

    This book covers a timely topic. Like others who have reviewed this book, the specific advice and examples may be more or less helpful or accurate depending on the reader. I liked the use of jokes interspersed throughout the book to break up the text though some of the jokes are funnier than others.

  38. lchscdp1 (verified owner)

    Such a great read! As someone who works in a field with folks who experience trauma and continuous stress it can be easy to absorb that energy and feel super overwhelmed by it.

  39. Director (verified owner)

    This definitely gave me a lot to think about.

  40. Mersinok (verified owner)

    I am someone who tends toward overwhelm and anxiety. This book was a helpful reminder that, we’re all in a state of overwhelm, and what can be done to mitigate feelings of overwhelm.

  41. [email protected] (verified owner)

    Wonderful, insightful book that explains and helps us ease our stress and anxiety in a culture that fuels it.

  42. aileahd (verified owner)

    I had a hard time getting into this one. I saved it to try again later, as I do really want to read it.

  43. yesimajensen (verified owner)

    A great and thought provoking read.

  44. nnppnn (verified owner)

    Such an amazing book! I’ve never heard of it until I read it from this program. Highly recommend!

  45. Wrayyth (verified owner)

    Ever had that story hit you deep in your core as the thing you wanted yourself to know but never had the words? These are the words for my soul.

  46. JenEnna (verified owner)

    A very validating and eye opening read book. I even sent some of the data points regarding the stress of college students to our college Freshman, in hopes that it would validate their feelings. I did enjoy the mixture of cartoons in with the heavy content.

  47. Levi Branson (verified owner)

    Good read. Some of the information was generic, but had some good information and ideas for those who may not know how to deal with stress and overwhelm.

  48. Elizabeth Otten (verified owner)

    Great book! Incredibly insightful and helpful. Will be sharing with my teenagers so they can connect with ways to deal with overwhelm as they hit big milestones in life

  49. jan (verified owner)

    This one really made me think. I can use a lot of these strategies and share it with others.

  50. jessicatull (verified owner)

    As you reading this book, you will find yourself Unconsciously bring your own experiences memories into the reading. I cried so hard while I was into the charters.

  51. Giselle Naranjo-Nelson (verified owner)

    Provided great and insightful considerations

  52. Billy Grounds (verified owner)

    Great read! I would recommend this to anyone who wants an easy read with lots of insight on everyday challenges.

  53. JaimeHock (verified owner)

    This is such a perfect topic for life for so many right now. I especially appreciated the ability to pick and choose what I wanted to read and prioritize to maximize my available time, since sitting down with a book is challenging to carve time out for. The sections on the challenges of media exposure and the benefits of time in nature or with animals or simply experience the awe of the world around us were especially helpful and provided validation for me. The humor throughout adds much needed levity and is worth the read alone.

  54. Amber (verified owner)

    Fast and helpful read!

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