Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: Spread Too Thin by Ellen Miller

About the Book

You know the drill. Somebody asks, “How are you?” and you respond automatically: “Crazy busy!” “I’m exhausted!” “Running too fast.”

And it’s no wonder! Between the breakneck speed of your job, the one million family activities on the calendar, the volunteer luncheon you signed up to host, the growing to-do list on your phone, and the workout you’ve been meaning to get to for weeks—if you ever stopped long enough to think about it, you’d be curled up in the fetal position on the floor.

Life these days. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?

Ellen Miller gets it—and she wrote Spread Too Thin just for you. Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, you don’t have to live it frantically. Written for women who care deeply and extend themselves selflessly, this 90-day devotional offers an honest look at the obligations that have drained us and then point us toward a more abundant life with Jesus. Through personal stories, practical insights, and classic Ellen humor, you’ll discover that it is possible to find hope—and even peace!—throughout your harried, overcommitted days.

Trim Size:
5.5 x 8.25  
April 2018

My Thoughts

Spread Too Thin by Ellen Miller has great advice for busy people and also contains nuggets of wisdom for people who aren't crazy busy. I expected the book to be completely about how to manage your schedule and how to say "no". The book did contain some of those things, but it also contained some solid spiritual advice to help us avoid being drained, regardless of how busy we are. 

The book has 90 chapters, each containing one or two pages.  It's definitely not too much for even the busiest of people to add to their devotions. I really like how the chapters are structured. Each chapter typically contains a story from Ellen's life, a Bible verse, and a few reflection questions. 

One of the chapters that really spoke to me was about "FOMO" or the fear of missing out. The author describes this as operating as if we are deficient or feeling that others are outperforming or outliving us. This is draining. She offers good questions to ask yourself regarding this topic and suggests that trusting God each day will bring peace. This is a chapter I should refer to often.

Another point the author makes is the importance of having a weekly day of rest. This is something that I really try to do, and I'm pretty successful from a job perspective - I rarely do work for my paying job on Sundays - but I'm not as successful with refraining from doing things around the house. I will be continuing to reflect on the questions in this chapter, too.

Whether you are feeling drained from a busy schedule or just drained from doing life, I recommend this book. I think there's something in it for everyone.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

About the Author

Ellen Miller

Ellen is the author of The One Year Book of Inspiration for Girlfriends . . . Juggling Not-So-Perfect, Often-Crazy, but Gloriously Real Lives and Lord, Have Mercy: Help and Hope for Moms on Their Last Nerve.

Ellen is the founder of Insider Marketing and has served as its CEO since 1994 and is known for launching some of the most important technologies and products of our time for Global 100 technology brands.

Living in Dallas, Ellen enjoys life to the fullest with her husband, Steve, as well as their two grown children, son-in-law, and granddaughter.


  1. No is definitely I word I struggle with, both professionally and personally. Looks like a great devotional!

    1. I agree that saying no is hard. I definitely recommend this as a devotional!