Stephanie Brown, a licensed psychologist with more than 35 years of experience, offers her insights on what she sees as a growing addiction: compulsive, out-of-control, high speed living. She is convinced that this "speed trap" is causing people to crash-and-burn on a regular basis. No wonder so many are exhausted all the time. This malaise is fed by our obsessing over technology and the cultural dynamics of busyness and competition.

The author, who is a recovering alcoholic, sees the enslavement to speed as an addiction that is spiritually based. Some of the steps for transformational change include a new sense of time, an ability to take small steps, redefining success as learning from failures, living with limits, and replacing "I want more" with "I have enough." Best of all is getting into the habit of service which serves as an antidote against greed, selfishness, entitlement, and putting your needs above everyone else's.

Brown concludes with an explanation of slowing down as the key to human flourishing. With it comes a new source of strength, a sense of mastery, inner peace, balance, and self-respect.