5 Stars Out Of 5
Excellent companion to the book
June 21, 2014
I love when I find a great book. It's even better when the authors find a way to make the book even better! That's exactly what Lindon and Sherry Gareis did with their book Declutter Now!
What I Thought
Earlier this year, the Gareis's released an 8-Week Study Guide as a companion to their book. It's designed to be used with a small group, although I worked through it by myself without any trouble.
The book is the foundation for the study, and the study by itself will not be nearly as effective without the book. But after reading through it, I highly recommend gathering a few of your friends and going through it together. The study is laid out in a very group-friendly way, and it includes many questions to get some great discussions started. I was impressed at the variety of questions they listed for each chapter, making it easier to keep conversation flowing in different mixes of people.
In addition to the discussion questions, each chapter also has a memory verse related to the material and an action plan to help motivate you to make good choices and act on them. And like the book, I never felt any condemnation; I felt lots of encouragement to get moving in the right direction.
The only potential downside is that the discussion question section does not leave you a lot of room to write. I don't tend to write much in my study books, so this wasn't a problem for me. But if you like to journal out answers, you will want to consider having a separate notebook nearby.
The Bottom Line - 5 stars
This is the perfect companion to the original book, adding in tremendous value so friends can work through the concepts of decluttering their lives together. I highly recommend small groups take a look at this study.