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Posted January 2, 2012
Inspiring. Gives you hope.
I'm the type of person this book was written for. A great doctor, a great mother of three, but with a struggling practice and a marriage in trouble. Never enough time in the days. Not enough help. I knew the answer was within me and simple...but I couldn't wrap my brain around it. The author lays it out so simply that it gives even someone like me hope that I can be happy and satisfied with my life and not feel guilty about the difficult decisions I have to make on a day to day basis. I've already started making plans for tomorrow. Very insightful.
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Posted September 22, 2011
Posted February 4, 2012
MATTHEW KELLY'S BOOK IS OFF BALANCE
While Off Balance by Matthew Kelly does present a few good ideas scattered amongst contradictory ideas, Catholic followers of this author and speaker may be disappointed in the overall content. Mr. Kelly's "research" is not documented with any bibliographic details and his assertion that personal and professional satisfaction "trumps"
balance needs further clarification in light of his other "Catholic"
writings. Research bias needs to be considered in this particular work where the author may have influenced the results of his interpretation of his phone interviews in order to fit his thesis.
His assertion that people do not want or need balance appears to be in contradiction with Pope Benedicts teachings about finding balance between work and rest. Pope Benedict XVI has urged families to seek a healthier balance between work and rest. The Pope points out the true dilemma by calling families around the world to “restore the real meaning of rest to feast days. “Work and rest”, writes the Pope in his letter, are intimately associated with the life of families. They influence the choices the family makes, the relationship between spouses and among parents and children, and they affect the dealings the family has with society and the Church.”The Roman Pontiff further illuminates the real crisis by writing that “in our own time, unfortunately, the organization of work, which is planned and implemented as a function of market competition and maximizing profit, and the concept of rest as a time for evasion and consumption, contribute to the break-up of families and communities, and to the spread of an individualistic lifestyle.
Overall, the book is not entirely anti-Catholic and does present some elements of Catholicism and spirituality but the book is primarily presented as a secular self-help book with a "system" which needs further analysis via more sound traditional research methodolgy.
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Posted June 20, 2012
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