The Need for Simple Living

31gzz5ig2SL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Is your life cluttered? Is your soul cluttered?

In this world there are a lot of things that take our attention and demand that we devote our time. As a follower of Jesus, all of these things can clutter our life and our soul. We need to find a way to declutter our life. Bill Hybels’s new book Simplify aims to do just that.

Last week I wrote about Soul Keeping by John Ortberg, and Simplify has a similar goal, but comes at it from a different direction. While Ortberg writes about what the soul needs, Hybels writes about what clutters the soul and how to remove that clutter. Simplify is a more practical book with steps for removing the clutter in various parts of your life. I think that both books are needed because the offer two different angles to the discussion of how to keep your soul.

What I really appreciate about Simplify is the straightforward approach to how to remove some of this clutter from your life. In addition, he talks about normal everyday life. He discusses things like your schedule and your finances. On top of that he discusses spiritual issues. On of the chapters that struck me the most was the chapter on forgiveness and how to walk through the process of forgiving at different levels of hurt. From the most minute offensives to life shattering injustice, he offers advice for how to walk through it. While I have not experienced any life-shattering injustices, as a pastor I know that many are an it is helpful to learn how to help people walk through that process.

You might not need all of this book, but there is probably a chapter in this book that would benefit you and other chapters that would benefit people you know. If your soul is feeling cluttered, I would encourage you to take the time to check out this book and seek out some practical ways to declutter your soul. It’s important to remember to take care of your inner life, do yourself a favor and spend sometime simplifying your life and decluttering your soul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. 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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