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Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter your Soul (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Bill Hybels
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If you're craving a simpler and more spiritually rooted life, then roll up your sleeves as Bill Hybels offers action steps for all areas of your life. Key message: living simply requires more than clearing out your wardrobe or reorganising your cupboards. Woman Alive


Sound familiar? Too familiar?

You are living at a velocity you know deep down is unsustainable. Your life is off course - too crammed with busyness, too out of focus. You keep waiting for things to get better, but they never do.

In Simplify, bestselling author Bill Hybels identifies core issues that drive this kind of living and offers action steps to help you live a better way. By eradicating clutter from your inner world, you can experience immediate rewards: greater energy, clearer purpose, richer relationships and more.

Your life won't simplify itself. You must act.

Isn't it time?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2780 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 321 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton (14. August 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00L2DMY76
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Sehr mitreißend geschriebenes Buch wo die einzelnen Punkte schön verständlich erklärt, durch Beispiele unterlegt und auch immer Tips und Praktiken haben, wie man das theoretische praktisch in seinem Alltag anwenden kann! Ich selber habe mir viel Zeit genommen das Buch zu lesen einfach weilman so viel Weisheit erstmal verarbeiten und anwenden muss, bevor man sich in das nächste Kapitel stürzt! Auch die Einteilung in zehn Kapitel hat mir richtig gut gefallen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A much needed book for this season in my family's life 5. September 2014
Von George P. Wood - Veröffentlicht auf
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This past summer was exhausting. Between work, chauffeuring our son to three sports on four different days, shuttling our oldest foster daughter to daycare and speech care, waking up several times a night to bottle feed our youngest foster daughter, and church and other activities, my wife and I felt tapped out. And so, when Bill Hybels mentioned the words “exhausted, overwhelmed, overscheduled, anxious, isolated, dissatisfied” on page 1 of his new book, he immediately grabbed my attention.

“Simplified living is about more than doing less,” Hybels writes. “It’s being who God called us to be, with a wholehearted, single-minded focus. It’s walking away from innumerable lesser opportunities in favor of the few to which we’ve been called and for which we’ve been created. It’s a lifestyle that allows us, when our heads hit the pillow at night, to reflect with gratitude that our day was well invested and the varied responsibilities of our lives are in order” (pp. 2–3). He goes on to write, “Simplified life requires more than just organizing your closets or cleaning out your desk drawers. It requires uncluttering your soul” (p. 3, emphasis in original).

Hybels shares Bible-based, experience-tested advice about how to do this in the book’s ten chapters. He shows you how to move from

• exhausted to energized by replenishing your energy,
• overscheduled to organized by prioritizing your calendar,
• overwhelmed to in control by mastering your finances,
• restless to fulfilled by refining your career choices,
• wounded to whole by practicing forgiveness,
• anxious to peaceful by confronting your fears,
• isolated to connected by deepening your friendships,
• drifting to focused by choosing and then living out your life verse,
• stuck to moving on by welcoming new seasons in your life,
• and from meaningless to satisfied by choosing to live now in the light of eternity.

Different readers will be attracted to different sections of this book. At this season in my life—feeling busy and tired all the time—I was especially interested in the first two chapters dealing with energy and calendar. As I read the book, however, I found myself reading the chapter on friendships with closer attention. Could it be that my life has too few deep relationships with non-family members? Whatever your interests or needs, my guess is that several of these chapters will address felt needs in your life.

So, what’s the best way to make use of this book? First, it’s tailor-made for individual use. Each chapter ends with an action step for readers to journal about. Page 311 gives a URL and promo code for online resources that readers can access for 90 days. Second, there is a DVD-based small group curriculum that can be used alongside the book. And third, I can imagine enterprising pastors using the book and DVD curriculum as elements of a multiweek sermon series campaign.

Now that I’ve read the book, I intend to read it again with my wife, working through those chapters that address issues we are experiencing in our current season of life. “We get one shot at this life,” Hybels writes in conclusion. “Choose a purposeful, God-first life, and you will reap rewards for today and for eternity” (p. 282).
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Misnomer 25. August 2014
Von Durough - Veröffentlicht auf
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Unless "simplify" means "do more," Bill Hybels' latest book, Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul, is misnamed. A pertinent title may be Organize Your Life. This is a book for those in middle- to upper-class America who have the freedom, time, energy, and resources to take advantage of all reorganization and life-additions encouraged by Hybels. Much of what Hybels has to offer is anecdotal and does not necessarily follow any principles taken from Scripture (some do, some don't). The main purpose I have concluded is to be taken from the book is to encourage the reader to be organized, follow your dreams, and be happy...with God. God is mentioned a lot, but relying on Him is more of an afterthought in this holistic approach to life, focusing more on happiness for the self and disregarding contentment in God. This is not to say that it's all selfish--there are plenty of sections that pull straight from Scripture in their proper context--but it's really more about being happy and busy with what one enjoys (being uncluttered?) rather than simplifying one's (spiritual) life.

To help express my opinion, I provide my simplified summary of what Hybels provides for his reader as a way to simplify their lives.

[UPDATE February 9, 2015: Due to the poor way in which bullet points format themselves in these posts, I've gone back through my summary and (hopefully) made it easier to follow the hierarchies with dashes instead.]

Chapter One: Fill your depleted spiritual bucket.
- Ask God to do it and he will.
- Do things you know will fill your bucket.
- Recommended:
- - Spend fifteen minutes a day with God in a quiet place by reading Scripture, praying, and listening.
- - Spend time with Family.
- - Engage in satisfying work.
- - Participate in recreation.

Chapter Two: Prioritize and organize your calendar--you should have one!
- Find a schedule that works for you.
- Make time for God--mark it in the calendar.
- Make time for family--mark it in the calendar.
- Make time for exercise and recreation--mark it in the calendar.
- Set goals--mark them in the calendar.
- If you want to do something else, mark it in the calendar.
- Stick to the calendar.
- Change your life/job to be something that is happy and meaningful to you. (No need to find contentment in your current circumstances.)

Chapter Three: Be a good steward of your finances.
- Financial reconciliation is comparable to spiritual reconciliation with Jesus.
- Five required beliefs for financial reconciliation:
- - "All I have comes from God."
- - "I live joyfully within God's current provision for my life."
- - - Get out of debt.
- - - Being debt free and living below your income enables you to give more.
- - "Honor God by giving the first tenth of all my earnings to his purposes in the world."
- - - If you believe you can only get from A to B with 100% of your income, God can do it with 90%.
- - - Don't rob God.
- - - Tip: Set up electronic giving to your church.
- - "I set aside a portion of all my earnings into a savings account for emergencies, giving opportunities, and my later years.
- - - Tip: 10-10-80 Principle:
- - - - 10% to God (church)
- - - - 10% to emergencies, extra giving, and retirement.
- - - - Live on 80%
- - "I live each day with an open ear toward heaven, eager to respond to any whisper from God regarding my resources."
- - If you're confused or frightened about these five principles, remember they're God's way.

Chapter Four: Examine and refine your working world.
- Be satisfied in your labors.
- Find fulfillment in you work.
- Have energy, peace, and self-confidence in your work.
- If your job does not offer the above, find a new one. (Again, No need to find contentment in your current circumstances.)
- Align your work with your passions and culture and the right set of challenges and compensation (wages & passion).
- Stay open to God moving you to do other work.

Chapter Five: Forgive
- Work on your heart.
- Perspective: Feeling wronged doesn't mean you were wronged.
- When legitimately wronged, follow Matthew 18.
- Forgiveness can lead others to Jesus.

Chapter Six: Be at peace.
- Don't sin.
- Maintain healthy fear and judgment.
- Face your fears.
- Speak truth.
- If you do your part, God will do His part.

Chapter Seven: Deepen healthy relationships.
- Spend time with true friends and wise people.
- Stay away from troublesome and divisive people.
- Tips: Meet people by serving faith-based charities, attending church functions and joining Bible studies.
- Be a good friend.

Chapter Eight: Follow God's calling.
- Find a life verse, "a short passage of Scripture that serves as a rallying cry to guide and focus the current season in your life, or your life as a whole."
- Live your life verse.

Chapter Nine: Go with the seasons.
- Remember Ecclesiastes 3.
- "Identify your current season."
- "Be fully in your season."
- Go with the changing of the season.

Chapter Ten: Be satisfied.
- Things that won't satisfy:
- - Physical health
- - Education
- - Pleasure
- - Work
- - Wealth
- - Sex
- - Fame
- Don't be like U2, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for."
- Fill your life with things that bring:
- - True satisfaction: fill God-given desires.
- - Purpose: fulfill God's purpose
- - Significance

Not recommended.

*This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I offered or provided any compensation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eradicate Clutter! 27. August 2014
Von John W. Pearson - Veröffentlicht auf
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There's no foreword. No introduction. Just eight endorsements. Ten meaty chapters. He's taking his own advice.

Only Bill Hybels could get away with writing a 300-page book and calling it "Simplify."

With the attention-getting subtitle, "Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul," "Simplify" covers a unique range of 10 topics with the equally unique Hybels writing style: humor, inspiration, soul-probing questions, and practical action steps.

Here's a taste:

--From Exhausted to Energized. "When you decide you never want to live on empty again, you start paying more attention to the replenishment side of the equation." Hybels says some of us "confuse motion with progress." Caution: "There's no point in filling the bucket without first patching the holes."

--From Overscheduled to Organized. His news flash for the overcommitted: "You are the boss of your schedule." Hybels studied the schedules of great leaders across history (Churchill worked in bed until about 11:00 a.m., Thomas Edison was a power napper), but here's his most probing question in Chapter 2: "What would my schedule look like if God were in charge of it?"

And here's the gut check: "I am still learning that my schedule is far less about what I want to get done and far more about who I want to become."

The book has dozens of memorable one-liners as you coach and mentor your team on how to unclutter life--and the symptoms that derail us. Like the third time a Willow Creek team member was late to a scheduled meeting: "You know, we used to think that your lack of promptness was a matter of carelessness; but now we think it's about character. We think it's about giving your word but not keeping your word. And around here, character matters."

Everyone's different--and every schedule is unique--but there's a common mandate: ink it in your calendar. Noting that novelist-wanna-be John Grisham scheduled an early morning hour at his law office to write one page a day, Hybels scheduled himself at home four nights a week (focus: family). Grisham's big word: WRITE. Hybels' big word: HOME. Then he meddles further with us: "What's your word?"

The book drills deeper with eight more rib-poking chapters on finances (From Overwhelmed to In Control), work (From Restless to Fulfilled), forgiveness, fears, friendships, calling, new seasons, and the tenth chapter, "From Meaningless to Satisfied: The Legacy of a Simplified Life."

It's been 20 years since I answered a calling to lead Christian Management Association (now CLA) and exit Willow Creek Association. Yet not a week goes by that I don't reflect on a leadership insight I gleaned from Bill Hybels. Seven grandchildren later (I have five, Bill has two--but who's counting?), I'm still a big fan of his wisdom and his writing.

"Simplify," the latest Grandpa Bill epistle, is seasoned with almost four decades of what works--and what doesn't. The writing is a tad softer than the Bill I knew way back when. Precious grandchildren will do that to you.

Thoroughly biblical, and stunningly relevant, the one-liners flow fast:

* "People join organizations, but they leave managers."
* "...we are every bit as dedicated to building our staff culture as we are to building the church."
* On forgiveness: "You can tell a lot about someone's heart by how that person prays when he or she has been wronged." (Hybels, who I call the "Great Labeler," defines three helpful labels: Minor Offenses, Legitimate Wounds, and Life-Shattering Injustices.)
* "Fear is the fundamental barrier to peace, and it's a deal-breaker when it comes to leading a simplified life."
* On friends: "When you simplify your friendships, you are well on your way to leading a richer, fuller, more joy-filled life." (Read this chapter to see why he suggests a "friends" worksheet with five columns labeled: 72, 12, 3, Distant, and Potential.)
* On new seasons: "When we keep trying to shoehorn our lives into seasons that no longer fit, we work against the goal of leading simplified lives."

This will scare you! Hybels notes: "A 2013 study by the Gallup organization, titled `State of the American Workplace,' revealed that only 30 percent of workers are `excited' about their jobs, 52 percent are `disengaged,' and a full 18 percent are so ticked off about what's going on at work that they are actively trying to do harm to their organizations!"

"Simplify" is perfect for your weekly staff or department meeting. Maybe pick five of the 10 topics that scratch the most itches--and inspire five people to give five-minute reviews, one per week. Call it "Simplify for Dummies" and award a Starbucks card for the "Most Simplified" presentation (which probably means no more than one PowerPoint slide).

One more caution: "When we eradicate clutter from our lives," writes Hybels, "we create a vacuum that aches to be filled."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Need help reducing life-clutter? 22. August 2014
Von Nichols Notes - Veröffentlicht auf
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After a long series of carpentry projects I found myself with some downtime. I saw that breather as a prime opportunity for shop cleanup. Even with my habit of maintaining a reasonably organized work environment stuff multiplies, and chaos finds a home.

Our lives have a way of attracting clutter. We gather baggage through the years and tote it along without realizing the extra load hinders progress and generates a host of issues. Often the clutter builds gradually, and we grow to accept it.

Cleaning the garage, tossing the junk, and reducing clutter are straightforward. We just need to motivate ourselves to start. But what about simplifying our lives? How do I learn to manage my schedule or deal with the unrelenting hurt from a wrong done to me? Is there a better approach to finances than the one I use?

Bill Hybels, in his book, Simplify, address 10 areas where we can benefit from a reduction in life-clutter. This book offers assistance in identifying the problem areas and provides practical coaching for making changes. Each chapter closes with action items to facilitate applying the lessons.

Chapter 1 conveys an extensive description of the symptoms of energy depletion coupled with advice on recharging. Do I know what things fill my energy bucket? Am I willing to say “no” to new commitments when I recognize I am depleted?

Chapter 4 paints a portrait of a miserable job and the ways it colors the rest of life. How do I find the right job? Hybels brings the question back to the root issue, “What adventure is God calling you to?”

For those wrestling with hurt and past wrongs, Chapter 5 digs into the topic. The author’s definition of forgiveness gives that discussion a fresh perspective. Certainly wrong was committed, and the pain is real, but our forgiveness does not rely on the other party. Hybels reminds us of the greatest example of forgiveness and the ideal we should pursue.

Throughout the book Hybels includes abundant examples from his life and ministry. That gives the book the flavor of practical conversation as the reader is taken behind the scenes to see how points were derived.

Appendix A addresses the selection of a life verse, and Appendix B offers an incredible selection of verses organized by category such as compassion, courage, and perseverance. These pages would be a great read several times each year as we remind ourselves of truth.

Are you struggling with life’s demands? Do you feel like a pet running in an exercise wheel with lots of motion but little progress? Are you ready for serious de-cluttering? Invest in your copy of Simplify and begin the journey.

Note - Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of Simplify to facilitate this review.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Ok 21. Oktober 2014
Von Maria - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book was ok but I have read more engaging and informative books on simplifying. Too much time spent on stories than on actual how to.
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