Review & Giveaway: Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit by Karen Horneffer-Ginter

We live in a world of constant movement, and our day-to-day lives seem to get busier by the hour. Our days are full of information, full of obligations, full of friends and family, full of everything . . . except fulfillment. And rushing has become a national epidemic. Even when we’re rushing to and from the good stuff—like a rewarding job with wonderful colleagues or quality time spent with loved ones—we can still end up feeling drained and exhausted, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of life.

Finding time to slow down is definitely something that I struggle with. Even on the more relaxed days when I don't feel as if I've really accomplished anything, I still find myself rushing through the task at hand and distracted by the next item on my mental list, whether it be a sink full of dishes, a knitting project, or playtime with my little one. I find that no one really benefits from this. I feel harried, my projects don't receive the care that I'd like them to receive and Silas misses out on getting my full attention. Psychologist Karen Horneffer-Ginter addresses this prevalent mindset and problem in Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul When Life's Just Too Much (2012, Hay House Insights).

Through personal reflection, anecdotes from clients that she sees in her practice, and observation of those around her, Horneffer-Ginter identifies six ways that we can slow down and live more in the moment. These include such things as honoring our rhythms, finding balance, and fully inhabiting our days. She offers suggestions and lists of open-ended questions to help you find ways to incorporate these themes in your own life. There is nothing really new here, but these lessons remain valuable and deserve frequent repetition. Horneffer-Ginter's voice is friendly and inviting. She does a wonderful job of speaking to where you are at right now, especially if you are an individual who has been resisting simplicity.

Hay House Insights is offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader a copy of Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit. All you have to do to be entered in the random drawing to win is to leave a comment on this post. For a second entry, "Like" A Life Sustained on Facebook or follow via Google Friend Connect and leave a comment letting me know that you've done so. Comments will be closed in the evening of January 16 and a winner will be chosen shortly thereafter. Thank you Hay House Insights!

And the winner is:

"wow, sounds like a great book. :)"

This review is part of a TLC book tour. See what other bloggers have to say about it here.
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My review copy was provided courtesy of Hay House Insights.


  1. wow, sounds like a great book. :)

  2. Great review, thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  3. That sounds like just what I need! Great giveaway :)

  4. sounds like a book that I should read! thanks!

  5. i like you new header! and oh my that silas...what a cutie! the book sounds very interesting~



  6. The book sounds great - one of the things I recently read was how our children pick up on our "rushing" and being "hurried" - I'd be curious to read more! Thanks for the giveaway! Christina G

  7. I love the IDEA of simplicity but the REALITY of it doesn't appeal to me quite so much. :)

    Thanks for being on the tour!