Simplified Living


I am not really a bookworm or someone who couldn’t sleep without first reading a book. I would say that I am more of a ‘seasonal reader’, although I wouldn’t mind spending extra hour a day in reading, in case I come across of something worth the time. Recently, a good friend AA had recommended a book entitled Simplify by Bill Hybels. The tagline itself which reads,”10 Practices to Unclutter your Soul” was already a statement to reckon with. Is there any single soul that you know of who doesn’t need uncluttering? Knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally, we feed our souls with unworthy and nonsensical ideas that left them unhealthy, chaotic, and congested.  Whether we admit it or not, our soul needs ‘healing’. One may ask, how would this book be different from the others who have already written on the same subject? Honestly, my first impression was to laugh and it made me!.. It is not because the contents were funny or unpredictable, but as if the author was directly speaking to me! And I laughed, without being disrespectful, because the realization was so true and reflective to what and where I am right now. It’s a ‘wow, how did he know that?’ kinda laugh 🙂 . You know, when someone faced you with the truth, you couldn’t help but sometimes just laughed at the reality then later, nod in agreement. Believe me when I tell you that this book is very personal and truthful and will definitely make you pause and contemplate. Some of his suggestions are doable through simplified living, however some do require perseverance and conviction. It’s still a long read for me before I reach till the end, but so far, it started hitting me to the core 🙂 .

Quoting some lines from one of the chapters, Bill Hybels wrote, “Simplified living requires more than just organizing your closets or cleaning out your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul.  By examining core issues that lure you into frenetic living, and by eradicating the barriers that leave you exhausted and overwhelmed, you can stop doing the stuff that doesn’t matter and build your life on the stuff that does”.

Note to self: Change is possible.

Other books by the author:

Bill Hybels is also the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Axiom, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Who You Are When No One’s Looking. Most of his books are available in


2 thoughts on “Simplified Living

    1. Totally agree! :). One of the ‘unclutterings’ which Bill Hybels mentioned is to not say ‘yes’ in everything. But when to say ‘No’ requires wisdom and prayers too. An event or an invitation we turn down might cause some offense.


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