Book Review: The Fringe Hours

The Fringe Hours

Author: Jessica N. Turner

Publisher: Revell


Back Cover: The Fringe Hours


Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours—those little pockets of time you already have in your day—in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from regularly taking time for themselves. You’ll also learn ways to maximize the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother and friend.


Book Review: The Fringe Hours

I had a bit of trouble connecting with this book at first, because we don’t have kids, but then I realized that you don’t have to have kids to appreciate the tug that so many demands can place on your daily life. The Fringe Hours reminds us that the demands can leave you feeling depleted and rundown if we don’t take time out of our life to enjoy the things we love to do or simply to slow down and rest or relax.

I thought Jessica N. Tuner did a nice job of helping women to discover the areas that they could be losing time to do what they love and tips on how to capture that precious time back. She also shares how to reach out for help and how to overcome obstacles that could prevent women from take the time they need to recharge their batteries. I really appreciate the reminder about how important it is for us to not only have time for ourselves but also to take time to be with our friends. This is not to neglect our much needed time with God and our family first.

I recommend The Fringe Hours for any woman of any age that struggles with burnout, sadness, depression or stress because perhaps you, like me, have failed to slow down and take time to do the things you love and enjoy. We are reminded that while we may see taking time for ourselves as selfish, it’s actually best that we recharge our batteries so that we can be our best and give our best each day. Seems counterintuitive, I know, but not allowing ourselves to recharge could end up hurting those we love more in the long run. Every area of our lives is impacted by how we act and respond to life and the wonderful people we love. Finding the time for yourself is possible, as The Fringe Hours shares. This book will help you discover where that time is and how to capture it not only for your sake, but for the sake of all those that you know and love.

The only thing I would have liked to see more of in this book is a greater focus on God. Perhaps that’s also why I had trouble connecting with this book, the me vs. God first approach. She did write this for moms to find more time for themselves, so she did a great job sticking to her theme. This simply felt more like a secular rather than a Christian based book to me. While God was not completely absent, it did seem like He took second place to the “me” focus of the book. I did read some reviews that thought there was too much mention of the Christian faith, so opinions can vary on this book, as with most things in life.

I hope you found this review helpful. If so, please share it with your family and friends, so they can learn about this great book too. You can click on any image of the book on this page to see it on Amazon. Great news, the Kindle version of this book is on sale for $1.99!


Thanks for taking the time to read this review and God bless!



In today’s busy world, the only way to have balance is to fight for it. A woman’s “normal” schedule should not be overwhelming. Your schedule should be manageable, with open space. When you make room in your schedule to breathe, you make room for you—and that is key to discovering the fringe hours. 

–Jessica N. Turner, The Fringe Hours


The Fringe Hours

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