Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul  -     By: Bill Hybels
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Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul

Tyndale House / 2014 / Hardcover

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Exhausted, overwhelmed, overscheduled---today's breakneck pace can consume and control us. But what if you could live a different life? Offering practical tips and spiritual insights to help you declutter your soul, Bill Hybels encourages you to stop doing what doesn't matter and create a God-first schedule so you can experience purpose, fulfillment, connectedness, and joyful productivity. 224 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414391226
ISBN-13: 9781414391229
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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.

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Getting caught up in the busyness of life, with its clutter and its crazy pace, can harm relationships, jobs, sanity, and health. But how can one simplify life by letting go of anxiety and spending time on the most important things? Influential pastor Hybels (Too Busy Not to Pray), founder of Willow Creek Community Church, gently but firmly points out common stress-inducing topics and offers ways of coping with them that are alternatives to the typical frenetic response. Among those topics are over-scheduling, forgiveness, finances, anxiety, and the workplace. He likens personal fulfillment to an “energy bucket.” That bucket is filled when people are happy at work, but leaks profusely when individuals are miserable. Those unhappy with work should consider leaving it to do something enjoyable, and work around the financial aspects. “Simplicity cannot be achieved without clarity about the big-picture target of your life,” Hybels says. Instead of cluttering the calendar with things that have to be done in the next 30 days, he suggests asking, “Who do I want to become in this next season of my life?” and then using the calendar to help accomplish those goals. Readers who are ready to take somewhat drastic measures to simplify their lives will be ready to implement all 10 of Hybels’ practices, while others may need to pick which ones are the most immediately doable and tackle the others when they’re ready.
Simplify is written in the same conversational tone that Pastor Hybels uses for his popular sermons that draw nearly 20,000 people a week to church. This engaging format, coupled with his practical, life-changing steps, makes this book a must-read. If you think, like most people, that one book couldn’t possibly impact your overscheduled life, think again. Here, Hybels identifies core issues that we often choose to ignore—issues that, if addressed in the manner he suggests, have the potential to promote health, a clearer purpose, unprecedented joy, financial security, solid relationships and, above all, a fulfilled relationship with God.

Simplify isn’t about purging appointments from your calendar—it’s about rethinking your priorities and living the life God promised us in John 10:10: “I have come to give you life, life in all its fullness.

Clear off the calendar to read this book, then share it. It is worth every minute of your precious time.

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Intentional living with an uncluttered soul
    December 26, 2014
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Are we living the life God called us to live? Doing so, Hybels says, means uncluttering our souls. It means we stop doing the stuff that doesn't matter and concentrate on what does. It is a simplified life, but, Hybels writes, Simplified living is about more than doing less. It is being who God called us to be, with a whole hearted, single-minded focus. (2)

    He writes about a handful of practices that will orient us toward a simplified life. He helps us identify what drains us and what replenishes us. He encourages us to control our calendar and our finances. He considers the role of our job. He helps us deal with offenses and anxiety (productive and destructive fear). He explores relationships (real friendship), adopting a life verse, and identifying the season of life we are in.

    Each chapter examines the practice and assesses what Scripture says about it. He has included very practical Action Steps at the end of each chapter. Those help us look at our own lives and then incorporate into our lives the principles he's presented.

    This book is about uncluttering our souls. The book is not so much about stuff as it is our commitments, our relationships, those things to which we give time and energy. He has included three filters at the end of the book through which we can screen our activities and relationships.

    If you are ready to focus on the life God has for you, one of intentionality and purpose, this book is a great resource to get you on your way.

    Food for thought:

    The path to simplicity is not for the faint of heart. (12)

    My schedule is far less about what I want to get done and far more about who I want to become. (35)
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 1, 2014
    Excellent book--recharge your life, get God-centered purposefully.
  3. Spruce Pine, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this book!
    October 2, 2014
    Holly Barrett
    Spruce Pine, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Bill Hybels' Simplify encourages us to take a long hard look at all of the things we have allowed to crowd into our lives. The very things that may be crowding out our relationship with God. From the practical (schedules, work and finances) to the personal (self-care, forgiveness and relationships) to the physical (ministry, life-changes and legacy), Hybels challenges us to listen to God in determining our life priorities. And then to ruthlessly eliminate anything that stands in the way of pursuing Gods presence and meeting the goals of a life well-lived.

    Hybels pulls no punches with the reader. He calls us out on our modern-day lives and backs it up with scripture. After helping us to assess where we are in a particular area of life and determining that we need to make a change, Hybels ends each chapter with action steps to correct the problem areas. You gotta love a book that both helps you identify a problem and find the solution.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 22, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Simplify Bill Hybels

    It seems as though the topics of busyness, organization, and decluttering are running circles through the blogosphere with mothers and women in general. Ive always enjoyed finding new ways to organize my home and my schedule and eliminate all unnecessary burdens. Almost everything Ive read thus far in regards to decluttering your life has been in reference to more practical solutions to material entities. So needless to say I was intrigued to find this book that focused on decluttering our soul.

    Hybels intention with such a book is to provide years of experience on what works and what does not work with decluttering our souls for an authentic and intense relationship with Christ. Essentially, he claims that we can simplify our lives and live a richer, fuller everyday life with friends, family, coworkers, and God. Simplified living is about more than doing less. Its being who God called us to be, with a wholehearted, single-minded focus.

    He outlines 10 actions, along with personal reflection questions, we can complete in order to accomplish a satisfied life. Each chapter also includes action steps to assist in accomplishing the objective.

    exhausted to energized by replenishing your energy

    overscheduled to organized by prioritizing your calendar

    overwhelmed to in control by mastering your finances

    restless to fulfilled by refining your career choices

    wounded to whole by practicing forgiveness

    anxious to peaceful by confronting your fears

    isolated to connected by deepening your friendships

    drifting to focused by choosing and then living out your life verse

    stuck to moving on by welcoming new seasons in your life

    from meaningless to satisfied by choosing to live now in the light of eternity

    Of few of the subsequent questions for personal reflection are as follows:

    How would I spend my time if I truly believed and lived as if God were in charge of it?

    Am I living my life as though God's current provision for me is not enough? Am I joyfully living within this provision?

    Knowing that simple decisions have generational legacies, what investment of my time am I taking with my husband, my children and those I love?

    Am I fearful and deceived, or am I allowing Christ to reign fully within me, his hand steadying me as I walk on the waters of life?

    Am I thinking in terms of the years for this present life, or in the immensity of the eternal?

    What is God wanting to teach me in my current season of life? Is Christ enough for me?

    I love Hybels writing style. He includes a humor to lighten the mood but is always bold with his thought provoking questions. Its always beneficial for the author to include his own experience, failures and successes for further support of his claim. Right from the start, he mentions the typical exhausted, overwhelmed, overscheduled, anxious, isolated, dissatisfied attitude of todays generation. Although he touched slightly on biblical references or historical significances, it seemed the overall atmosphere of the book was similar to a motherhood declutter class.

    I do believe the book holds significance and practical suggestions for relieving yourself of busyness, but I think to declutter our soul comes more from a right relationship with Christ than practical actions steps.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher as part of their 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. USA
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Declutter your inner life
    September 10, 2014
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Just like we can accumulate clutter in our house/vehicle, our inner life can have clutter too. We are too busy, running on empty. Maybe even thinking if this is what life is supposed to be about. It doesn't have to be like that. Simplify by Bill Hybels will show you a different way of living. He will show you how to declutter your inner being.

    Do you want to experience peace, feel more connected to God, feeling refreshed? This book will show you "ten practices to unclutter your soul." There are ten chapters: From Exhausted to Energized; From Over scheduled to Organized; From Overwhelmed to In Control; From Restless to Fulfilled; From Wounded to Whole; From Anxious to Peaceful; From Isolated to Connected; From Drifting to Focused; From Stuck to Moving On; From Meaningless to Satisfied. There are also two appendixes about choosing your life verse and a life verse catalog.

    Mr. Hybels shares many examples from his own life to bring the topics mentioned in each chapter closer to home. He also shares examples from the Bible. After each chapter there are action steps for you to take to help you put it into practice into your own life.

    In the first chapter it talks about running on empty and finding ways of filling your bucket. He asks what fills you up or energizes you? Make time to do activities that will do just that. We need to fill our buckets back up if we want to have energy to give to others. I see that with being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. If I don't make time to do something that I like to replenish myself, I become cranky and not too happy. My energy level is down. But once I spend time alone doing something that I like, then I feel like I'm able to give to my kids and husband without feeling drained. At the end of the chapter there are two action steps. The first is to identify how full your bucket is. The second one is to make a custom replenishment plan. He tells you to not worry about how you will fit that in, just make the list. Changes will be made by taking small steps. Do not delay.

    I received this complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review.
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