Book Review : Simplify

simplifyOur lives are complicated and cluttered. Every day is a struggle to maintain healthy relationships, have meaningful interactions with our children, find time to exercise, carve out time for social activities, and connect with God in a real and life-changing way. As a result of this clutter and complication, we are unable to live out our intended purposes and find lasting satisfaction. How can we find the breathing room and margin that we desperately need? The answer to that question is that we need to make our lives simpler. In his new book, “Simplify; Then Practices to Unclutter Your Soul”, Willow Creek Community Church pastor Bill Hybels tackles the problem of cluttered and complicated lives. He identifies ten core issues that produce complication and rob us of peace and satisfaction.

Smartly, Hybels dedicates as entire chapter to each of the identified core issues. He identifies the issues leading to life complication and lists them in a “from – to” format. For example, he speaks of moving From Exhausted to Energized, Overscheduled to Organized, From Wounded to Whole, and From Isolated to Connected to name a few. Having exposed the negative, Hybels then offers the positive through what he calls “action steps” as how to simplify that particular area. Calling on years of pastoral experience, biblical narrative and principles, and good common sense Hybels demonstrates that simply because our lives may not be in perfect working order now, there is hope for a more rewarding life. I found the chapters on overscheduling and exhaustion especially helpful. I recommend this book without reservation.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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