Sunday, June 6, 2010
Book Review: The Rewards of Simplicity
I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting from this book, but this was not quite it. I think I was expecting something that would inspire me to declutter and pare down -- to find contentment without all the stuff our materialistic culture says we need.
And yes, some of that is in here. But mostly, this is a book about spiritual simplification... how clearing up our emotional distractions and getting to a place where we are right with God will lead to real simplicity.
I'm not really sure what I thought. There were certainly portions that challenged me to seriously consider things like a technology fast. Mostly, though, I wondered how in the world I was going to come up with something coherent to say in a review.
The book is really two separate books. The first one is written by Pam Pierce, and reads more like a biography than a how-to book. The second book is written by Chuck Pierce and doesn't exactly seem connected to the rest. He writes about anxiety and its impact on our lives.
This is not a book I am likely to keep on my shelves. The information was mostly good, but I found it hard to read. I'll be happy to pass it on to someone else.
Disclosure: Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.