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  1. Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
    Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
    Bill Hybels
    Tyndale House / 2014 / Hardcover
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  1. 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.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    good
    September 22, 2014
    danni
    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.
  3. USA
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Declutter your inner life
    September 10, 2014
    SoaringEagle
    USA
    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.
  4. Age: 25-34
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Timely and Helpful Reminder
    September 2, 2014
    MIMom
    Age: 25-34
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Simplify. The book showed up on my doorstep as I was surrounded by boxes and junk, packing for our interstate move. Simplify. It sat on our counter amidst the crazy schedule of our last month, the goings and comings, "last" dinners with friends, celebratory meals with coworkers, tearful farewells. Simplify. It travelled with me as I begrudgingly left my children behind and flew to an earthly paradise with my husband who attended conference seminars while I read and explored. Simplify. It lingered on my nightstand through all those first lonely, emotional nights in our new home.

    I think this book took me the longest to read of practically any book I've read recently. And it's not because it was not good or applicable. It's because it was. A little too much. From time management to friendships, God gave me this book in His perfect timing to gently whisper to me and constantly remind me of what I need to do: Simplify.

    In his book, Bill Hybel focuses upon ten aspects of a person's life, and how we can simplify and declutter these areas, leading to a richer, fulfilled life with our family, coworkers, friends and most importantly, God. By becoming more discriminate with our lives, we are able to better fulfill God's calling for us, rather than sacrificing the intangibles for the non-essentials that will deplete us. Each chapter ends with "Action Steps" to give you ideas and help you accomplish the chapter's objective. At the end are two appendices dealing with seeking out a life verse (as a supplement to one of the chapters of the book). The book is filled with practical, applicable tips and one-liners that got me thinking...

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

    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 living my life in light of this, with the knowledge that I will one day stand before God for the actions taken in this life?

    Are my excuses really just the surface of underlying character issues that need to be dealt with?

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

    Am I so filled with the grace and love of God that I am not easily provoked when the minor irritations of life beset me? Are they first world problems? Am I in need of a reality check? Am I prioritizing people over convenience?

    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?

    So I read and reread it's chapters. Underlining. Jotting notes and prayers in the margins. Starring sections. Silencing myself from the voices of the world, listening for the whispers of God amidst my tears. No my life still isn't perfect. No, I still have a long way to go before it's bare-bones and only for Jesus. Yes, I've heard some of this information and advice before, but this book helped to keep things in the forefront of my mind. Yes, I will probably mess up again, and need reminders like what this book offers. But I'm on the right course for this race. And for that I'm thankful.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest, personal review.
  5. Alaska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought Provoking
    August 15, 2014
    mamareader
    Alaska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    This book identifies ten key areas to explore if you feel that you are stretched too thin in your daily life or there's not enough of you to go around. Each area gets a dedicated chapter, some personal stories from Hybels' life and experience and ends with some action steps to help you further explore the ideas presented in the chapter and possible ways you can apply them to your life.

    I found this book to be surprisingly helpful, given that on more days than not I am lucky not to feel "Overscheduled. Exhausted. Overwhelmed." as presented on the dust jacket. With that said, Hybels advice on looking into your life with some specific things in mind really struck a chord with me. One of the final chapters titled "From Stuck to Moving On, welcoming new season in your life" was especially poignant for me. As my children grow I find myself constantly reassessing my relationships with them and how our family functions to help them hone the skills they need in each season of their life. What they needed when they were 4 is different from what they need at 7. As Hybel writes, "With the frenetic pace of our culture, the decibel level in our heads makes it very hard to hear God's quiet whispers." So true! So grab this book, read it, slowly simplify your life, and listen for His whispers along the way!

    Thank you to Tyndale for providing this book for review. 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.
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