Slowing Down With Ann Kroeker

When I am feeling like life is moving at the speed of light, I usually hop on over to my friend Ann Kroeker’s blog.

Ann is the Content Editor for our Family posts at (Check out her latest post on “The Lecture” right here). Ann is a lady who takes slowing down seriously. She has to…this busy woman not only balances writing, speaking, and homeschooling four children–she is the author of Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families (August 2009, David C. Cook). If you visit her blog for the book, you’ll see why I frequent the place. She has many good, practical suggestions for slowing down and enjoying life.

Slowing down is not the only area of life Ann has useful tips for. Whether it’s looking for a new recipe in her Food on Fridays food carnival posts, or finding tips to help memorize scripture–I always leave Ann’s place filled with valuable tools to help me tackle a variety of challenges in life.

Ann is a prolific writer and has been published in several magazines, including Decision magazine, The Student, Christian Home & School, Indianapolis Woman, and The Lookout. She has also contributed to several books including the award-winning Experiencing the Passion of Jesus, by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole.

Her first book, The Contemplative Mom: Restoring Rich Relationship with God in the Midst of Motherhood was released in 2000 (Shaw Books) and is filled with simple truths Ann desires to pass on to other moms to help them stay close to God in the midst of chaos.

Of her background, Ann says:

I was born into a print-loving home: my journalist-parents provided a rich literary environment, surrounding me with the printed word quite literally by lining nearly every inch of wall space with books of all types, including a big dose of classics. They taught me to read at a very young age and encouraged my ability to read newspaper headlines upside down (a skill that consistently amazed their friends). To this day the smell of bookstores and libraries, newsprint and fresh ink makes me feel very much at home.

I think her roots show in her writing. You’ll feel right at home at Ann’s place. Her words are inviting and warm, informative and smart. Why don’t you head on over there and say “hi”? And if you find any good recipes, be sure and let me know!

And if you are interested in participating in a titillating book club discussion, head on over to to read about the book we will start discussing next Monday!


  1. says

    I agree… Ann is awesome! I love her message too. It is defintely one that more people need to hear. I am thankful that she is so diligent in sharing the way she does… such great wisdom!

  2. says

    Wow, I hope I can live up to all that you wrote about me! You are right that I have to be intentional about keeping my life simple in order to live a healthy pace. It’s an ongoing struggle to avoid frenzy in this fast-paced world.

    I’m so glad we’re getting to know each other better–it’s fun to see you here, too, BibleDude!

    Now I’m off to read about this month’s book club selection at HCB. You always help readers dig deep, Laura.

    Looking forward to meeting your readers!

  3. says

    These extended profiles are such a bonus.
    I love having that image of Ann surrounded by print, surrounded by words.
    Thanks Laura, for sharing in this way.

  4. says

    I love your new look here. It is just gorgeous! Thanks for the introduction to Ann. I found it very interesting that you called her a prolific writer. I did not even know what that word meant until just the other day when someone blessed me with an award called A Prolific Blogger Award. I love that word now. It is such a God word. 🙂

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