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Zondervan / 2011 / ePub

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Dysfunctional families and disconnected, stressed-out lifestyles are the "norm" in today's congregations. Can the church serve as a meaningful Christian community in such an environment? Frazee says yes and offers biblical solutions. Learn how we as believers can radically reinvent our lives to include more time for deeper relationships with fewer people. Hardcover.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780310334422
ISBN-13: 9780310334422
UPC: 025986334420
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What If You Could . . . •get all your work done by 6:00 p.m.? •eat dinner with your family every night? •form deep, satisfying relationships? •naturally blend the world of church with your everyday life? •spend hours a week on your hobbies? You can! Real Simplicity reveals how to make all of these things a reality. Not by working faster or having more gadgets, but by simply choosing a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation. The Frazees’ practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. In Real Simplicity, Rozanne and Randy show you how—and why it’s so important—to balance work and play, establish healthy boundaries, deal with children’s activities and homework, bring Jesus to your neighbors, and build authentic bonds with a circle of close friends. Share these insights with those around you and help usher in an amazing transformation: your life and the lives of others blooming, in the midst of the chaos and fragmentation of today’s culture, into communities of purpose and peace.

Author Bio

Rozanne has been on the journey to “Real Simplicity” for 29 years with her husband, Randy Frazee.  She has been a pastor’s wife for 20 of those years.  She is mother to 4 grown children, and has one granddaughter.  Rozanne loves running, reading, cooking, interpreting for the deaf at her church, spending time with family and friends, playing with her granddaughter and mostly spending time with her husband and best friend Randy.

Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Oak Hills is one of the largest churches in America, where Randy teaches and leads in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado.  A leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign.  He is the author of The Heart of The Story, The Connecting Church 2.0,  The Christian Life Profile Assessment.. He also coauthored Real Simplicity with his wife Rozanne.

In Randy Frazee’s Making Room for Life, he provides solutions to living a life filled with solid relationships and less stress. Families are often overwhelmed with activities that cause high levels of stress. Relationships with others as well as family time are often neglected. The purpose of this book is to enjoy the simple pleasures of life while existing in a busy, fast-paced culture. Frazee stresses the importance of family time, friendships, and relaxation, by pointing to related passages in the Scriptures.
Frazee tackles the importance of community with others, how to restructure relationships and value time, and how to raise children in a way that lets relish childhood. His writing is clear, well organized, and easy to follow. Each chapter contains discussion questions for small groups, and space is provided for personal responses to the topics. Randy Frazee is the senior pastor at Pantego Bible Church, in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the author of two previous books.
The first situation Frazee analyzes is crowded loneliness. Although people are constantly surrounded by others, they still can feel lonely because they have not formed solid relationships. Frazee states, “We were created with a connection requirement, and if this requirement is not satisfied, we will eventually die.” Time must be spent on creating deep relationships with other people. It is also important to raise children in a way that lets them enjoy their youth. “Childhood is fast becoming an endangered species,” warns Frazee. He emphasizes that children should not be involved in every activity offered to them. Children need to be able to have time for unstructured recreation. Frazee gives practical steps to help make these healthy goals a reality.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was fascinating to read about how our hyper-drive culture can have damaging effects on people. Frazee successfully uses scripture and other sources to reinforce his points, but at times his solutions to problems seemed simplistic. The ideas behind time management, building relationships, and having more time for life were good, but aspects of his specific game plan did not work for me, being overly structured and lacking freedom. With that said, I do recommend this book because it stresses the destructive nature of fast-paced living. Parents will benefit the most from this book because of the primary themes of family life and raising children. -- Kyle Waalen, Christian Book

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  1. Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Contains little Gospel
    September 15, 2011
    Anna Wood
    Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life.
    Our lives are complicated, busy, frustrating. Our children are over-whelmed with adult-organized activities and exhausted from over-scheduled lives. Families hardly know each other and neighbors don't know each other. Something needs to be done_but what?

    Randy and Rozanne Frazee have some ideas that just might change your life. Their book, Real Simplicity deals with these and other problems head-on and offers up some good (and sometimes rather radical) suggestions. Most of their ideas revolve around these points: be more family and neighborhood focused, be less involved in overly expensive structured activities, be more involved with each other, rest more, enjoy the simple things; their more radical idea also involves resting_at the right time. You will have to read it to find out more (it's interesting though and might work quite well for some).

    Packed with great ideas, enjoyable stories and delicious sounding recipes, Real Simplicity is a worthwhile read for families who have traded peace and simplicity for busyness and stuff.

    Though written by a Pastor, sadly there is little of the Gospel presented within its pages.

    DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a copy of this book by Zondervan for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    slow starter, but worth plowing through
    August 2, 2011
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life.
    After being transformed by Lorilee Craker's "Money Secrets of the Amish", I couldn't wait to be inspired further along the road to the simple and fulfilling Life. So I was thrilled at the chance to review "Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life," by Rozanne and Randy Frazee.

    I have to admit, I was sorely disappointed for the first half of the book. Whereas "Amish" painted the picture of a lifestyle I couldn't wait to embrace, the authors of "Real Simplicity" employed a textbook-like style to teach me why I should accept their proposal. The Frazees' quoted facts and studies didn't inspire me to want to pursue simple living in the way "Amish" did. Thus, only my obligation to write a review compelled me to continue reading.

    Well, I am certainly glad that I did press forward. Once the authors were done trying to sell their plan, it actually began to sell itself. In the latter part of the book, as the Frazees presented the everyday aspects of their simple lifestyle, I began to feel enthralled by the vision, much like I had been with "Amish". I have come away with 3 positive changes I will make in my life, and there's not a lot more one can ask from a single book! So, while it didn't knock my socks off like "Amish", "Simplicity" was certainly well worth the read, and will go down on my list of life-changers.

    I received this book free from Zondervan for the purpose of providing my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.
  3. Jefferson City MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent and thought provoking
    July 25, 2011
    Jefferson City MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life.
    As a family therapist, this book will be used to share the stressors that are facing Christian families today. Excellent ideas that will challenge the reader to approach church, work, family time and all the other "busi-ness" we have ourselves in now.
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