Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Real Simplicity: A Book Review and Giveaway

About The Book:


What If You Could . . .
 
•get all your work done by 6:00 p.m.? •eat dinner with your family every night? •form deep, satisfying relationships? •naturally blend the world of church with your everyday life?
 
•spend hours a week on your hobbies?
 
You can! Real Simplicity reveals how to make all of these things a reality. Not by working faster or having more gadgets, but by simply choosing a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation.
 
The Frazees’ practical, motivating insights call you back to the kind of relationships and life rhythms you were created to enjoy. In Real Simplicity, Rozanne and Randy show you how—and why it’s so important—to balance work and play, establish healthy boundaries, deal with children’s activities and homework, bring Jesus to your neighbors, and build authentic bonds with a circle of close friends.
 
Share these insights with those around you and help usher in an amazing transformation: your life and the lives of others blooming, in the midst of the chaos and fragmentation of today’s culture, into communities of purpose and peace.



You can read a sample of Real Simplicity here (in PDF format)


About The Author:


Rozanne has been on the journey to “Real Simplicity” for 29 years with her husband, Randy Frazee.  She has been a pastor’s wife for 20 of those years.  She is mother to 4 grown children, and has one granddaughter.  Rozanne loves running, reading, cooking, interpreting for the deaf at her church, spending time with family and friends, playing with her granddaughter and mostly spending time with her husband and best friend Randy.


Randy Frazee is senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of The Connecting Church, Making Room for Life, The Christian Life Profile Assessment and Renovation of the Heart Student Edition. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Frazee and his wife, Rozanne, have four children


My Review:


This is by far one of my favorite books of 2011! In a day and age where it seems everyone is running around like the proverbial chicken with their head's cut off, Real Simplicity shows you how to slow down, relax, and enjoy life again. Whether you are single, married, have children or not, life seems like it never slows down, and not only do we, ourselves suffer with lack of sleep, stress, illness, etc., but so do our relationships with friends, family and co-workers. Through reading Real Simplicity I have been able to understand the value in following a Hebrew Daily Planner, making more time for myself and my family and most importantly, time to cultivate my relationship with my Lord. 


My most favorite part of the book was the chapters on children, specifically chapter 7 (Childhood: An Endangered Species) and Chapter 8 (The Lost Art of Play). I am reminded once again that my personal philosophy that children learn best through play is the way to go and that overscheduling children through constant activity is not. An awesome remember too about the importance of family meals. I also really enjoyed the personal reflections from Rozanne and also the recipes that were included in the book.  Also included are discussion questions at the end of each chapter, perfect for individual reflection and small group purposes.


If you are looking for a book with ideas and encouragement to slow your life down, I highly recommend Real Simplicity. It is a very easy and quick read, and you will be happy that you took the time to read and learn from this book. I know I am!


BUY IT: You can purchase Real Simplicity by Rozanne and Randy Frazee at your favorite local Christian bookseller from Zondervan Publishers


WIN IT: 
One (1) Reader
 will win
 a copy
 of 
Real Simplicity


MANDATORY ENTRY: Tell me one thing you do to simplify your life


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GIVEAWAY ENDS AUGUST 7, 2011


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!




***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

19 comments:

  1. To simplify my life we try to get rid of clothes as soon as we outgrow them

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  2. Thanks for this great giveaway. I donate kitchen and household items as well as clothing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Recently to simplify I got rid of my FB...It has freed up so much more of my time and I'm not constantly feeling "obligated" by it! lol

    I'd love to read this! With 6 (and counting)little ones simple is best!

    Blessings!

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  5. I grabbed your button but it was too big for my side bar...1/3 of it looked cut off but it's on there at the end... :)


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