Sunday, June 6, 2010

Book Review: The Rewards of Simplicity

Over the past couple of months, I have been reading The Rewards of Simplicity by Pam and Chuck Pierce.  It has been hard to read.  I keep trying to decide if it is because I feel like I'm slogging through it, or if it is because I find it convicting.

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.

1 comment:

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