Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Simplify Book Review


About the Book

Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Overscheduled. Sound familiar? Today’s velocity of life can consume and control us . . . until our breakneck pace begins to feel normal and expected. That’s where the danger lies: When we spend our lives doing things that keep us busy but don’t really matter, we sacrifice the things that do.

What if your life could be different? What if you could be certain you were living the life God called you to live—and building a legacy for those you love? If you crave a simpler life anchored by the priorities that matter most, roll up your sleeves: Simplified living requires more than just cleaning out your closets or reorganizing your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul. By eradicating the stuff that leaves your spirit drained, you can stop doing what doesn’t matter—and start doing what does.

In Simplify, bestselling author Bill Hybels identifies the core issues that lure us into frenetic living—and offers searingly practical steps for sweeping the clutter from our souls. (Goodreads)

My Review

The title of this book is what drew me into wanting to read it. Simplify. I like simple. So I delve into this book and it was a little different than what I was expecting. While at times I thought many of the things to be repetitive I did get a lot of helpful reminders. 
One thing that I read is What would my schedule look like if God were in charge of it? (Simplify).
This is quite the thought and it really made me think. Basically this book speaks to those who are stuck in a rut and want to change. At the end of each chapter Bill summarizes the chapter which I found very helpful. 
Also, another great point is that only you have the power to change your schedule. Write it on the calendar. Do something about your situation instead of staying in your rut. Figure out what the "rut" is, write down a plan, and then act it out.  
Bill also talks about finding a life verse which I have actually thought about before. I can't say that I really have a life verse and I think it's a great idea! At least a verse that goes with the season you are in and then memorizing it. At the back of the book is a list for many different life verses if you are in search for something specific. 

Overall this is a good read and reminder on how to simplify and honor God while doing it. 
I rate four stars. 
"I received this book from Tyndale Publishing for free in exchange for an honest review."

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