Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington: A Book Review

Earlier this week, a copy of Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy by Alli Worthington arrived in my mailbox. Before this book, I’d never heard her name, so I wasn’t sure if her writing style would mesh with my reading style. I just didn’t know what to expect—but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Breaking Busy

From the very beginning, Alli writes with an honest wit, using her own life as an example of how to “break busy;” she encourages her readers to examine the things they do because they “should” and how pouring their energy into those areas leave us depleted when it come to the things that not only fulfill us, but also actually enjoy participating in. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions that allow us to dig deeper into figuring out why we’re piling on the busyness and provide action steps to change our behaviors and thought patterns.


Before I even started reading, I thumbed through the pages. Immediately, several quotes jumped out at me—honest phrases that meet me right where I am.  Here are two of those:

As we discover our passions and allow God to craft them into beautiful patterns, we begin to see what we are called to do on this earth, and our purpose begins to shine forth with color and clarity.” (69)

His no always prepares us for his perfect yes. God has set our feet upon a path that he created for us, a path that leads us to our calling, our purpose…” (90)

Breaking Busy is full of these truth-nuggets—and is relatable for women in any season of life: single, married, with kids, without kids, career-driven, homemaker, retired, college students, etc—anyone who is tired of trying to just keep her head above water. Alli Worthington offers hope and practical solutions for finding our “sweet spots”—whatever they may be.


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Full disclosure: I have been compensated by Zondervan for my honest review of Breaking Busy.