Wednesday, March 24, 2010
A book review : The Rewards of Simplicity by Pam & Chuck Pierce
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers, I had the opportunity to review another book recently, “The Rewards of Simplicity” by Pam & Chuck Pierce.
The book, though not long (194 pages), took me a while to get through. I was very interested in the subject matter: Simplicity – a Practical and Spiritual Approach, but I was quite disappointed in the presentation. I found the book hard to read for several reasons. One, I found the subject matter cluttered with off-the-road stories and sub-discussions. Two, I found the authors’ use of punctuation distracting.
The book obviously covers more than just organizing your closets and to-do lists, by approaching simplicity first as a spiritual discipline. I did appreciate what the authors had to say about simplicity itself, but it took me a while to dig it out from the context. Points I liked were,
Simplifying is not just outward clutter, it is physical clutter and spiritual clutter.
You can simplify your faith, you can simplify your emotions, and being anxious is not a simple way to live.
Doing the ‘simple’ thing does not always mean the easiest thing in the long run.
Would I recommend this book to another? No, I would not. I did not find it a “simple” to read book, nor did I always agree theologically with the content either. I am glad to have the chance to read it I did, and glad for the points I did glean from it, but I would probably not pass the book along.
You can find the book here at Amazon.com or CBD.com
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."*