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The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

by Jessica N. Turner

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The second half of this book resonated with me much more than the first, and improved my final rating. I found her practical application advice invaluable, so this book was a great time investment for me. ( )
  bethy_brew | Feb 1, 2017 |
The Fringe Hours describes itself as being a book that teaches women how to get rid of the guilt and find the time to pursue their own passions. Although I enjoyed this book and certainly found some useful tools that I can implement into my life, I didn’t love it; it was only ok for me. I was really hoping for something truly refreshing, one of those “Ah Ha!” moments where I say to myself “that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all these years!” and “this is what I need to do to change that behavior” and unfortunately, I just didn’t get that. I do like Jessica Turner’s concept of taking and using the hours and minutes that are on the edges of our life, rather than just reorganizing the scheduled time we already have. But beyond that, most of what I read wasn’t anything new, at least not to me. I was also expecting this book to be one that was universal to all women and mothers, from all backgrounds, but there was a distinct religious undertone right from the start. This didn’t bother me, but I was surprised as there was no mention of this in the book’s description. I can see where some people would be bothered and turned off by this.

Although it’s not groundbreaking in content, The Fringe Hours is well written and does offer its readers some very practical, sound advice. You can tell that author, Jessica Turner, is very passionate about what she writes and her belief in a guilt free life is one we can all aspire for. I certainly have friends that I will recommend this book too; however, I will be selective in my recommendations as this book’s underlying religious tones are not for everyone.

**I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the publisher, Revell and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**
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  jenladuca | May 22, 2015 |
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner, © 2015

Just because something is a good thing doesn’t mean it is good for this moment in your life.
--The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, 31

So much wisdom in this statement. We think we have to do it all. The seasons in your life will bring many pleasures. Don't get knotted in the "woulda', coulda', shoulda', oughta'" regrets and looking back, wishing a do-over. Enjoy your today, where you are. Don't sacrifice family for multitasking activities and others' to-do-list requests. Once. Your family will be at this stage of time, once. Overcommitment robs you of n~o~w.

Choose joy.

Recognize and embrace what God has created in you ~ gifts and talents, and a desire to pursue what you are passionate about. Jessica surveyed 2,000 women and compiled responses, sharing priorities including refreshment optimum to health for you and your family ~ committing to include yourself in rest and what you enjoy. Time is going to continue whether you wish to, or do set aside moments. Being intentional on how you spend your time ~* your fringe hours *~ little pockets of time, on purpose.

Why We Need Community: Making time for you is not always about making time to do something by yourself. It is also important for women to be in community.

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You ~ So many woman-to-woman topics ~ making a change to eliminate time wasters; cultivating balance; recognizing what really matters; prioritizing relationships; living in your season. Benefits worth sharing. Her website has a free weekly time tracker to use as a regular personal resource to help you find, plan, and maximize your fringe hours.

Live a life of joy.

***Thank you to Revell for sending me a copy of Jessica N. Turner's The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** ( )
  lanehillhouse | Mar 17, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0800723481, Paperback)

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, parenting, 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.

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