You can multitask like a pro; you prove it every day. But while you're used to being pulled in multiple directions, that doesn't mean you like it. You yearn for something more...not on your to-do list but in the heart of daily living. Now Living Simply shows you how to make this ideal life your real life today! Joanne Heim's refreshing perspective and pointed guidance address specific areas you'd like to transform, from family and friendships to meals and celebrations. You'll find not pat answers but practical solutions that will yield sweeping results!
Quality Over Quantity Means a Great Life
Whew! You can multitask like a proyou prove it every day. But while youre used to being pulled in multiple directions, that doesnt mean you like it. You yearn for something more…not on your to-do list, but in the heart of daily living. Now Living Simply shows you how to make this ideal life your real life today! Joanne Heims refreshing perspective and pointed guidance address specific areas youd like to transform, from family and friendships to meals and celebrations. This book responds to the longings of your heart not with pat answers, but with practical solutions. Never have such simple changes yielded such sweeping results!
Errands to run. Friends to meet. Laundry to fold. Dinner to cook. Messages to check. Calls to make. Gas tank to fill. Lists to do. Notes to self. Bills to pay. Dog to walk. Appointments to make. Schedules to keep. Lunches to pack. Party to plan.
Enjoy true abundance!
"This is the book I wanted to write, but was too busy simplifying my life. I laughed out loud and am provoked to action. Well done, Joanne."
"If you find yourself living a full life rather than simply living life to the fullest, this book is for you."
Story Behind the Book
"Simplicity is not just about cooking a months worth of meals in one day or learning how to speed clean your kitchen," says Joanne Heim. "Women long for a better quality of life, but we wonder just how to get it. In Living Simply , I ponder what it takes to slow down and downsize while living in a culture that supersizes everything from french fries to SUVs. I want more meaning and less stuff, and simplicity is a means to a better quality of life. Choosing this isnt about turning my back on the world or lowering my expectations, but about making wise choices and finding the abundant life promised by Jesus."
Joanne Heim has been a publicist, senior copywriter, and editor in the Christian publishing industry for ten years. She is the author of several books with her husband, Toben, including Happily Ever After: A Real-Life Look at Your First Year of Marriage . She has also written numerous Bible study guides and been the featured guest on many radio programs, including Focus on the Family and Moodys Midday Connection . Now a full-time mom, Joannes schedule is filled with the activities she most enjoys: caring for her husband and two young daughters, friendships, ballet, knitting, and writing.
Does Little House on the Prairie leave you misty-eyed? Have you collected every episode of The Waltons on CD? If the simplicity of the past summons your spirit, Living Simply by Joanne Heim may be for you.
Heim writes that what she's searching for and sharing with her readers is "a life filled with more meaning and less stuff, and I'm finding that simplicity is a means to finding a better quality of life" (p. 28). She breaks the book into chapters on life, family, home, friendship, meals, celebrations, Sabbath, pleasures, and changing seasons.
Written in a friendly casual style, the author uses illustrative quotes, many of them from children's books, to make practical points. She includes a few recipes and some good ideas for Easter, but Heim sprinkles ideas in rather than listing them. She surprised me with her perception in a couple of areas: the importance of the influence of parents' friends on their children and that the cost of being God's friend is obedience. You don't hear either of those points often enough.
Living Simply is pleasant, restful reading. Heim invites rather than compels readers to continue on. Except for a few good ideas, Heim didn't really meet my needs, but I'm a fifty-something, stay-at-home mom with a very quiet lifestyle. Given the busyness of so many younger women, I think the book would appeal more to women in their twenties and thirties. Heim includes a resource list at the back. She and her husband have written several books, and she has been interviewed on prominent Christian radio shows. Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
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