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.

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  1. Awesome
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a great book!
    July 23, 2014
    Awesome
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    I would definitely recommend this to everyone! Buy a couple if you can a give them to your friends! They will be blessed!!

  2. thriftymommy08
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 22, 2014
    thriftymommy08
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul" by Bill Hybels addresses the busy world we live in, constantly going at a breakneck pace that just is not sustainable. We are constantly trying to get 36 hours worth of things done in a 24 hour day, and Hybels attempts to help us to unclutter our souls in order to have a sense of peace and happiness.

    Some of these directives that Hybels addresses in an attempt to unclutter our lives are common sense things that can easily be integrated into our daily lives, such as scheduling time for travel around commitments so that we keep those commitments that we have made; living joyfully within the financial circumstances that God has given us currently; and identifying and recognizing the origin of our fears and anxiety. These all seem easy enough, but what Hybels does is back up what seems to be logical resolution of these issues with Biblical soundness and a plan of action, step by step, to help you overcome these soul blockers.

    I think that Bill Hybels did a wonderful job in summing up the most common culprits in stealing our joy and peace in this book. He identifies issues that we experiences on a daily basis that will create anxiety, frustration, or fear in our lives, and gives you a step by step way to work through those issues. This book isn't a cure all for restoring joy and peace in our lives, but it is the blueprint for eliminating some of the stress, fear, and overwhelming feelings that we face.

    I would highly recommend this book to nearly anyone. Coping with daily frustrations, financial problems, stress, and maintaining our relationships are all important aspects of our entire life, and the center of our souls. I think that anyone could read through these pages and walk away with at least one thing that they can do to improve the state of their soul.

  3. Svlemommy
    TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nothing new, but very good information anyway
    July 22, 2014
    Svlemommy
    TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    The concept of the book is, well, simple. Hybels gives 10 strategies that are aimed to help you slow down, be less busy and find time for what really matters in life.

    There doesn't seem to be anything particularly new in the book though. He advocates putting God first, learning to say "no", exercise and proper nutrition, rest....all the things we've been told for years to do.

    If you haven't been reading books about simplifying your life, getting back on track, or any other catch phrasey topic, this is a good place to start. The chapters are fairly long, but very detailed and have explanations, steps and goals in them.

    There are chapters on finances, scheduling, fears, forgiveness and being in the season of life you currently face. This is by no means a bad book. It's informative, well written and in depth. It's just not anything new to me. It could be to you though. It's worth a shot!

    I received a copy of the book from Tyndale House for the purpose of a review on this site and on a commercial bookseller site. No additional compensation has been, or will be, received and I was not required to write a positive review.

  4. Grace
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Tool For Every Believer
    July 16, 2014
    Grace
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female

    If there was ever a book that needed to be in the home of every believer in Jesus, Simplify by Bill Hybels is the book. When I requested to review Simplify, I never dreamed that it would be so indepth, entering into each facet of the Christian's life, encouraging the reader to weed, prune, and cultivate the very core of our spiritual and physical life. These ten areas are studied:
    •Replenishing your energy
    •Going from overscheduling to organization
    •Finances
    •Refining the working world
    •Forgiving
    •Conquering fears
    •Deepening relationships
    •God's call on your life
    •New life seasons
    •Meaningless to a satisfied life
    Concluding each chapter are a series of questions, encouraging the reader to journal, "dig deep" into our thoughts and intents, and become proactive in becoming exactly what God created us to be. Because Simplified is a study, broken down into ten areas or chapters, it would be an excellent tool for a Bible study, life group, adult/college Sunday School class, or men/ladies small group.

    To wet your appetite for the content of this book, author Bill Hybel shared three filters with which to run every opportunity, commitment, and relational investment through.

    1. Satisfaction : Will it bring true satisfaction?
    2. Purpose : Does it align with God' purpose for my life in this season?
    3. Significance : Does it help me lead a life of significance?

    These filters have encouraged me to further prune my life, as I endeavor to become more like Jesus. I have posted these questions in strategic areas of my life as a constant reminder to eliminate clutter to make room for all that God has for me. And for you!

  5. Reformissional Rev
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Product has benefit for an easier life
    July 13, 2014
    Reformissional Rev
    Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3

    Do you remember a time when life felt so much simpler to you? Maybe you can't or perhaps your recollection of your toddler years has faded into the distance. And, if so, you're not alone. Most people I know find life anything but simple. And, whether Christian or non-Christian alike, this lack of simplicity affects everyone and can have a dramatic impact on our ability to function and enjoy our lives. Bill Hybels new book Simplify, addresses the quest for simplicity and offers helpful suggestions on moving into a less stressful and easier way of living.
    As many people already know, Bill Hybels is the founder and pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in the suburbs of Chicago, which is one of the largest churches in the United States. He has authored several other books, but the book Simplify is written after many years of intense living and the discovery of the lack of simplicity in his own life, which he details throughout the book. I received this book for free from the book review program for bloggers, available at www.tyndaleblognetwork.com. I was not required to write a positive review.
    The chapters are arranged with contrasts as their emphasis, and build a case for ten principles to unclutter your soul. The titles address topics such as "From Exhausted to Energized", "From Anxious to Peaceful", "From Drifting to Focused" and many others. The issues addressed are real life, practical issues. You will find many things that you have encountered in at least some of the areas that will be applicable to your own journey toward simplicity. And there is a wealth of suggestions in the pages of the book.
    I am, however, a tad bit torn on how to rate it. Can you benefit from it? Yes. But, in spite of that, I didn't find it to be as enjoyable of a read as I would have hoped. Perhaps it was too simplistic (pun fully intended). I wasn't intrigued by the contents and did not find it to be personally impacting. Though, as I said, there are benefits that can be derived from the contents. If you choose to read it, you may find it contributing toward a simpler life. And, for that reason, I hope that others will find it to be a blessing to your life.

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