Growing Slow is a timely, inspiring, and insightful read in which author and farm wife Jennifer Dukes Lee shows the way to unhurrying our hearts, embracing the relaxed rhythms of nature, and discovering the meaningful gift of slow growth.
About the Book
Enter a simpler way of living by unhurrying your heart, embracing the relaxed rhythms of nature, and discovering the meaningful gift of growing slow.
We long to make a break from the fast pace of life, but if we're honest, we're afraid of what we'll miss if we do. Yet when going big and hustling hard leaves us stressed, empty, and out of sorts, perhaps this can be our cue to step into a far more satisfying, sustainable pace. In this crafted, inspiring read, beloved author Jennifer Dukes Lee offers a path to unhurried living by returning to the rhythm of the land and learning the ancient art of Growing Slow.
Jennifer was once at breaking point herself, and tells her story of rude awakening to the ways her chosen lifestyle of running hard, scaling fast, and the neverending chase for results was taking a toll on her body, heart, and soul. But when she finally gave herself permission to believe it takes time to grow good things, she found a new kind of freedom. With eloquent truths and vivid storytelling, Jennifer reflects on the lessons she learned from living on her fifth-generation family farm and the insights she gathered from the purposeful yet never rushed life of Christ. Growing Slow charts a path out of the pressures of bigger, harder, faster, and into a more rooted way of living where the growth of good things is deep and lasting.
Following the rhythms of the natural growing season, Growing Slow will help you:
- Find the true relief that comes when you stop running and start resting in Jesus
- Learn practices for unhurrying your heart and mind every day
- Let go of the pressure and embrace the small, good things already bearing fruit in your life
- And engage slow growth through reflection prompts and simple application steps
My word (phrase) of the year for 2020 was 'grow slow.' I can't tell you how much I wish I'd had this book to lead me into those risky, restful, and fruitful days. But living a whole year under that banner convinced me that slow growth is where it's at. It's where striving makes way for joy, where change takes root, and abundance blossoms in front of our eyes. Jennifer Dukes Lee is a great leader and a kind guide, and this is a journey and a book I cannot suggest enough.
-Jess Connolly, author of You Are the Girl for the Job and Breaking Free from Body Shame
Sometimes our most important work is not what we do but what we finally learn to undo. With kindness and honesty, Jennifer Dukes Lee unfolds for us the spiritual discipline of un-hurrying our lives, from the way we spend our time to the way we define success. In a culture obsessed with power, productivity, and upward mobility, Growing Slow is the reminder we need to keep company with the way of Jesus.
-Emily P. Freeman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Next Right Thing
Jennifer Dukes Lee always provides a breath of fresh air to the woman who needs to slow down or the woman who is discouraged because life has slowed her down. With a unique grace and time-tested wisdom, Jennifer escorts readers through the uncomfortable and often undesired journey of growing slow--because this is a journey she knows is foundational to consistently living out a beautiful life through every season.
-Chrystal Evan Hurst, bestselling author and speaker
This is Jennifer's best book yet. As I worked my way through these pages, I noticed my breathing slowed, my muscles relaxed, and I sensed the invitation to look around and note all that's right in my world. We've bought the lie that God insists on and is somehow impressed by a flurry of activity and productivity, and it's cost us our very lives. Jesus was never in a hurry. He moved at the pace of grace. Jennifer has given us a treasured inside look at her life and journey so that we might learn to treasure our own plot of land and steward it well. There aren't enough hours in the day to do it all because we were never meant to do it all. There are enough hours in the day to live in the rhythms of grace God offers us. Every tired, hurried soul needs this book. I wholeheartedly recommend it!
-Susie Larson, talk radio host, national speaker, and author of Fully Alive: Learning to Flourish, Mind, Body and Spirit
Growing Slow is a timely word for a tired and worn out generation. In an age where the mindset of hustle and hurry leads us to burnout and exhaustion, Jennifer Dukes Lee invites us to the Ancient Way of Jesus--of growing slowly by his grace. Every woman needs to read this book!
-Gretchen Saffles, author of The Well-Watered Woman: Rooted in Truth, Growing in Grace, Flourishing in Faith and founder of Well-Watered Women
All the hustle and hurry never gets us one step closer to the things we value most: love, connection, and meaning. From the opening chapters of Growing Slow, Jennifer Dukes Lee invites us to slow down and embrace everything we've worn ourselves ragged chasing after. From beginning to end, Growing Slow is one big, sweeping aha moment!
-Wendy Speake, author of The 40 Day Sugar Fast
If you're tired of hearing 'go big or go home,' if you're looking to leave your rushed life behind and find purpose, I encourage you to pick up this book. Jennifer Dukes Lee shows you how to exchange the bigger, faster, and harder pressure for deep, lasting, purposeful living. Un-hurry your heart. Rest. Grow slow.
-Paula Faris, journalist, podcaster, author
Jennifer's work lifts the weight of a busy world from readers' shoulders. She pauses the rush to be more and do better, inviting us to God's way of quiet growth. Each chapter is a new kind of refreshing. This book not only teaches peace, its very pages are peaceful.
-Phylicia Masonheimer, founder and CEO of Every Woman a Theologian
Jennifer Dukes Lee is a careful wordsmith in a world full of soundbites. The message of simplicity in Growing Slow is one I personally crave--the right one to help the exhausted reader find freedom.
-Lisa Whittle, author, Bible teacher, podcast host
Growing Slow is an invitation every hurried soul needs. If you're overwhelmed, anxious, or weary, then pause and walk with Jennifer through these pages. Your heart will be freer, your mind calmer, and your load lighter by the time you're finished.
-Holley Gerth, life coach and bestselling author of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts
Some books are good; others are needed. This one is both. A life well-lived for the gospel is not measured in accomplishments and results, but in how well we love God and love others, so we must trade the world's quick and easy mindset for a slow but steady heart. Growing Slow feels like a coffee date with a seasoned and trusted friend. Turn off your notifications and savor the conversation with Jennifer inside.
-Michelle Myers and Somer Phoebus, lead communicators of She Works HIS Way
Every time I picked up Growing Slow, it didn't take long for the tears to start falling as I felt a weight lift from my shoulders with Jennifer's words. She speaks truth, reminding us that growing slow means growing deep roots. This book is a needed message for all of us as we fight the urge to hurry through life.
-Caitlin Henderson, author of Faith, Farming, and Family
In a world bent on 'more and quickly,' Growing Slow takes the farm road less traveled and eloquently maps a path to fulfillment by embracing the slow and holy, here and now. Jennifer Dukes Lee's words are the nourishment our hurried hearts need in order to pause, praise, prepare and pace for optimal soul growth.