Since I now have the luxury of retirement, I don’t feel overloaded and stressed out too often. However, I remember days packed with soccer practices, violin lessons, meals to prepare, working full-time, etc., etc. An insightful new book in the library, Margin; Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives (248 S) by Richard A. Swenson, offers a fresh perspective. He defines “margin” as “the space between our load and our limits,” something held in reserve for unanticipated situations. For each category, he offers specific “prescriptions” for increasing margin and decreasing stress. Some are obvious, but it’s helpful to have them spelled out in an organized way.

~Carol Jensen, Church Librarian