Are we living the life God called us to live? Doing so, Hybels says, means uncluttering our souls. It means we stop doing the stuff that doesn't matter and concentrate on what does. It is a simplified life, but, Hybels writes, “Simplified living is about more than doing less. It is being who God called us to be, with a whole hearted, single-minded focus.” (2)
He writes about a handful of practices that will orient us toward a simplified life. He helps us identify what drains us and what replenishes us. He encourages us to control our calendar and our finances. He considers the role of our job. He helps us deal with offenses and anxiety (productive and destructive fear). He explores relationships (real friendship), adopting a life verse, and identifying the season of life we are in.
Each chapter examines the practice and assesses what Scripture says about it. He has included very practical Action Steps at the end of each chapter. Those help us look at our own lives and then incorporate into our lives the principles he's presented.
This book is about uncluttering our souls. The book is not so much about stuff as it is our commitments, our relationships, those things to which we give time and energy. He has included three filters at the end of the book through which we can screen our activities and relationships.
If you are ready to focus on the life God has for you, one of intentionality and purpose, this book is a great resource to get you on your way.
Food for thought:
“The path to simplicity is not for the faint of heart.” (12)
“My schedule is far less about what I want to get done and far more about who I want to become.” (35)
Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. He is the bestselling author of over twenty books. He and his wife have two grown children and two grandsons.
Tyndale Momentum, 320 pages.