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If you’ve ever wondered what devotion to Mary is all about, you’ll treasure this one-of-a-kind, popular glimpse into the early Church’s life, doctrine, and devotion to Our Lady. Through lively stories, teachings of the Church fathers, and evidence from ancient archaeology, the authors invite you to enter the fascinating world of the early Christians, giving you an imaginative glimpse into how they demonstrated their love for Mary through their prayers, art, and daily life. Along the way, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Mary’s role in your own life and that of the Church today.
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Publication Date: 2016
STUFF. It's everywhere. Lurking in corners and closets, spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere we look. And it's not just the physical clutter that weighs us down. Oh no, it is the stress of overbooked schedules, and the weight of life that sometimes feels oppressive and totally out of whack.
New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup feels your pain--she has been there too. Through personal stories, Biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire and empower each of us to finally declutter not just our home, but our mind and soul as well. Unstuffed is real, honest, and gets right down to the question we are all facing--how can we take back our lives from the stuff that is weighing us down?
In this book, together we will:
• Create a comprehensive vision for our homes, and make instant changes to improve its overall function.
• Discover that more closet space is not the solution, and instead learn how to set strict limits for the stuff we bring in
• Overcome the frustration of dealing with our kids' influx of stuff and implement practical solutions for keeping the chaos at bay.
• Recognize the pitfalls of an overstuffed schedule BEFORE it gets out of hand, and instead learn to combat the culture of busy that keeps us running from one thing to the next.
• Finally conquer that mountain of paperwork that threatens to tumble down around us at any moment.
• Let go of the guilt that gets attached to gifts and instead learn to separate our loved ones from their stuff.
• Begin to cultivate our real friendships while eliminating the toxic relationships that weigh us down.
Ruth Soukup is a blogger, wife, mom, and New York Times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less. Her site, LivingWellSpendingLess.com, is one of the top personal finance and lifestyle blogs on the web, averaging more than a million visitors per month. She is also the founder of the Living Well Planner™ (www.LivingWellPlanner.com), an all-in-one tool to help you organize your goals, budget, and schedule. Ruth lives in Florida with her husband, Chuck, and two daughters, Maggie and Annie.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Definitely Something I needed to readApril 7, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so excited about this book! I definitely need it, and odds are, if you are reading this review, you need it too!
Ruth's book is about cutting the clutter and finding grace instead. It begins with a great intro about two people merging with all their "stuff" and how quickly and easily we can accumulate more stuff. Ruth talks about the need to organize all the stuff, hence accumulating more stuff (storage boxes, bins, etc) to do that with. And in the end, the stuff just keeps growing! I love her sense of humor as she puts it all in perspective, and I can so see myself mirrored here. (I have certainly been guilty of the buying bins to organize only to have to buy more bins because those were not quite what I needed) But be warned! Some of her advice is an arrow to the heart, especially if you are a shop-a-holic.
Ruth begins with the home. The first few chapter talk about getting a vision for what you want, taming the stuff to fit your space instead of increasing space with storage ideas, and how to tame the kids stuff. She has some awesome tips, as well as, some tough love concepts! (Yeah, I am talking about getting rid of some of that stuff)
Part two consist of the mind. How much is too much? How is your stuff affecting your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being? She addresses the idea of saying "No" (Yeah, I know, tough stuff) What about all that paperwork, and other people's stuff? (We have issues with that at our home)
Part three is about working on our soul. I totally get how chaos and overload affects our souls. Because more often than not I am there. In a book about de-cluttering, Ruth takes the time to talk about friendships, stress, and spirituality.
Honestly, there is a boatload of wonderful information in this book. More than can be taken in entirely in one setting. And you will want to refer back to this book over and over as you work through that stuff of yours.
I am certainly looking forward to de-cluttering and relaxing with a little more peace of mind and time to enjoy my family and friends instead of constantly organizing all the stuff.
I received a copy of this book from iconmedia and Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review this book positively.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Best I've read on the subjectApril 6, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stuff. I've got it and undoubtedly, so do you. Before I read past twenty pages in this book I had cleaned off my desk and another surface. This book is that inspiring.
What I liked about this book is that Soukup doesn't just concentrate on being clutter free, getting rid of stuff. She also helps us understand the reason behind our stuff. That's what helped me so much. I've read a number of books on simplifying life but this one hit home like none of the others. Her teaching on keeping stuff because of memories or emotional attachment really impacted me.
Here's a suggestion that made sense to me. Sometimes we're afraid of getting rid of stuff. What if we need it next month or next year? Soukup suggests boxing it up and putting it away for a month or two then see how we feel about it. Fear alleviated.
Soukup challenges us to really think about the way we look at stuff, the stuff that fills our home, our time, our relationships. She asks us to seriously think about the stuff we let into our lives. She has us think about what we want in our homes, schedules and lives. We have to think about our motives too. She asks us to think about how we want people to feel when they are in our homes. Do we want them to feel comfortable or awed by our dcor?
In addition to helping us think through all of this, the book is full of practical suggestions. One that impressed me was her weekend challenge, a complete schedule of unstuffing from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening (including going to church and a celebration Sunday evening). I really like her practical questions we are to ask when we are planning to acquire more stuff, as I do her tips for email and digital information.
I highly recommend this book. Soukup helps us think through our mental attitudes towards stuff in this consumer age. She even addresses our spiritual clutter too. I look forward to implementing many of her practical ideas in the coming days.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
sjobabe865 Stars Out Of 5Unstuff Your LifeApril 5, 2016sjobabe86Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read many home organization books but to be honest, they are usually hard to read and more of a checklist instead of digging deeper into the real issues. This book has three sections Home, Mind and Soul. In the Home section, Ruth really relates to her readers. Explaining how we feel obligated because of gifts and overwhelmed with too much stuff. She gives lots of tips for cleaning my favorite was focus on only one area- best advice ever. She goes on to explain that no matter how much or how little you do, everything is an accomplishment. I constantly need a reminder to live a meaningful life instead of filling my time with unimportant tasks. Soul is the third part of her book, which touches on friendships, wellness and balance each an important part of every person.
This book is a quick read but I highly recommend taking your time and marking pages for reference. In addition to the amazing writing, Ruth offers worksheets, checklists and other information for decluttering your life. She will also be offering a DVD study to go along with the book. I cant wait to check it out.