I just finished a book that had been on my to-read list for a while now: Living Simply: Choosing Less in a World of More by Joanne Heim. Everything about the book, from the author's conversational style to the pretty blue cover, appealed to me, and I was not disappointed.
I found that this book really resonated with my goal of focusing on my word- PURPOSE- in this new year. Mrs. Heim advocates really looking at your life and seeing where you can cut back-- on stuff, on committments, on whatever it is that gets in the way of living simply. She's realistic, though-- she doesn't expect anyone to simply get rid of all their belongings or to clear the calendar completely. Instead, she proposes small changes and focusing on one thing at a time.
She also makes frequent references to scripture, which I enjoyed- they don't seem forced or heavy, but they fit right in to the overall ideas she is talking about. Combining more time to listen to God along with reducing all the other "stuff" that takes up our days... now that is the kind of simplified life I am looking for!
In a strange twist of fate, I was reading through some of my favorite blogs today when I came across the news that the author, Joanne Heim, is in need of prayer. Clicking over to her blog, I discovered that she's in intensive care and fighting for her life after having a stroke this week. She is certainly in my prayers!
This is not a sponsored book review- it's simply a book that appealed to me. I obtained my copy for free by swapping with others via PaperBack Swap. If you're not familiar with PaperBack Swap, I highly recommend it-- it's a great way to declutter your book collection and trade your used books out for new books that you want to read!
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