Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your SoulCourtney EllisRose Publishing / 2019 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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Bethany R5 Stars Out Of 5Simple Read; Profound Possibilities. (Yes, I Actually-Finally-Really Moved My Phone Out of My Room)January 18, 2019Bethany RQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I found myself reading Uncluttered this winter, in a season of releasing distractions. My husband and I have stripped our lives down to basics a few times in our 17 year relationship, but the past five years of becoming parents, buying our first home, and hanging on for career rides added up to too much again. We were already experimenting with stripping down our family's calendar when I picked up Courtney's book, and I'd read Abraham Herschel's Sabbath last year and caught the vision (but not the backbone for follow through).
Courtney's practical nudges have resulted in recognizable change. We've actually been scratching the itch to shed layers of build-up after living in the same place for a while. I've finally made the switch I've talked about for years: moving my phone charging station out of my bedroom, away from my nightstand. As simple as it is, it's enough of a change to help me relax into better sleep and wake to healthier habits in the mornings. (My husband followed suit and pulled the TV out of our room as well.) I've beefed up my intentions and follow through in saying No more often. I've been reminded of the vision behind simplified hospitality. And we're talking about instituting a better Sabbath rhythm as an entire family.
Most notably, I've been spending more time in awareness of God's voice in my life. Stillness and smallness has room to thrive when I create more space.
As Courtney shares, "An uncluttered mindfreed from digital distraction, unhealthy preoccupation with possessions, and an overburdened schedulewill begin to awaken to spiritual realities all around."
Mandy S5 Stars Out Of 5Engaging and inspiringJanuary 16, 2019Mandy SQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading Uncluttered felt like having a conversation with a good friend - someone who really "gets" me and cares deeply about my well being. Ellis' writing is clear, refreshing, and oh-so-relatable. I found myself chuckling out loud one moment, and getting misty-eyed the next. This book comes at a time when many of us are trying to find ways to simplify our lives to help reduce stress and focus on what really matters. In Uncluttered, Ellis gently, humorously provides tangible and realistic suggestions to accomplish - and sustain! - a freer, less cluttered life. She artfully weaves in stats and quotes that encourage self-reflection and underscore the importance of aligning our values with the choices we make about how we live our lives. I've already been able to implement some of the ideas (e.g., leaving my phone in another room overnight instead of upstairs next to my bed, thinking critically about the impact of taking on something new instead of offering an immediate "yes") and have felt liberated. I'm ordering a couple of copies as gifts - I hope that the recipients will feel as great a connection as I did while reading, and find themselves similarly inspired.
Lynda Satre5 Stars Out Of 5Changes perspectiveJanuary 16, 2019Lynda SatreQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Are you feeling too busy and stressed to take the time to read a book? Uncluttered is just what you NEED! Making intentional decisions to step off this never ending cycle of busyness and stuff in our lives is the only way to become free to enjoy those thing most important in our lives.
Even though I do try to cut out the clutter of material things by continuously giving away things, my schedule and life has become exhausting. Some things are not so easy to change juggling life with a large family (10 kids), but Courtney's helpful perspective restored more balance and space. She writes with humor, gentleness, and understanding, but also encouragement to dedicate space for deepening your relationship with Christ.
I fall into the trap of "getting things done" and am rethinking my expectations and priorities after reading Uncluttered. It takes intentional effort to unclutter your life, but the rewards are well worth your time.
Just like you, I could easily have said I was too busy to read this book, but in reality I was so busy I NEEDED to read this book! Implement the principles in this book and strengthen the relationships in your life, with your husband, children, friends and most importantly, Christ!
Megan5 Stars Out Of 5Shaped my 2018/19 Winter for the Better :)January 14, 2019Megan"Uncluttered" by Ellis was a fast, fun, and helpful read. Courtney is honest and funny. She changed her priorities to leave more and more room for God, and she shares to help us do the same. It was grounding and thought provoking to read over Christmas with so many competing voices. This book has been a guiding voice as I make decisions about our family schedule and encouraged me to prayerfully consider what to add to our lives.
Ellis is well read and uses that to encourage. For example she shares in a down to earth way about the need for Sabbath without getting pedantic and incorporates some of the best authors on the subject.
Connie5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful to read. Insightful for my life.January 13, 2019ConnieQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1When a book makes you laugh out loud, and gets under your skin, you know it's a good one. Courtney Ellis' style of writing is so delightful that it's easy and enjoyable to read. But dig down further and she's got insight to life that burrows into your heart and makes you want to do something about it. I literally found myself going to a closet and un-cluttering after just two chapters! But it's her chapters on freeing up space for your soul to breathe that were most encouraging. Highly recommend this book. I'm actually ready to read it again, it's that good.