Abundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace

Which activities give you energy and connect you with God Do you know what behaviors are life draining for you, separating you from God Simplicity is about choosing the engaging, relational life we were meant to live It means shedding obligation and pretension It means spending time energy money in ways that help us become clear headed It means being intentional aboutWhich activities give you energy and connect you with God Do you know what behaviors are life draining for you, separating you from God Simplicity is about choosing the engaging, relational life we were meant to live It means shedding obligation and pretension It means spending time energy money in ways that help us become clear headed It means being intentional about what we do and how we live These choices allow God s power to move through us and bless others as we have space to do good In each chapter Jan Johnson provides small experiments with simplicity as well as questions for discussion or reflection to get you started Come and discover the unhurried rhythms of grace.
Abundant Simplicity Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace Which activities give you energy and connect you with God Do you know what behaviors are life draining for you separating you from God Simplicity is about choosing the engaging relational life we we

  • Title: Abundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace
  • Author: Jan Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780830835478
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Abundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace”

    1. Re-read. Loved it as much the third time around! This book is an excellent, thought-provoking read on how to spend your day and life with God. Through practicing disciplines of silence, simplicity, and others, it is a refreshing read on how to re-work your schedule and life around what is most important.

    2. I've read other books with the theme of simplicity, but I think this is my favorite. Definitely recommended as a guide to help make space for God in the midst of a chaotic world. It is true that possessions, activities (even good ones), worry, etc. can enslave us and keep us from truly enjoying life.

    3. I found this book encouraging and challenging all at once. The writing is clear and helped me consider again what I really want the focus of my life to be. Because I enjoyed it so much, I read it way too quickly. This is ironic given a big theme of the book is to trust the slow work of God. I'm going to begin reading it again now, disciplining myself to only one chapter a week, because it offers such important guidance.

    4. This book changed the way that I do a lot of things and it gave me such a peaceful journey from making more space for God. I adjusted a lot of my priorities and I've just been making sure to uphold them lately. I definitely recommend this book

    5. The Songhai people have a proverb that says, "One foot can't follow two paths". This is the theme in Jan Johnson's book, Abundant Simplicity. She encourages us as believers to have a "single eye". What is my focus in life, my goal, my aim? If that aim is to live a life that is glorifying to God and treasuring a relationship with Him, then we need to live simply so we don't focus on all the stuff we have, on all the junk we need to take care of, on all the ways we are trying to impress or to plea [...]

    6. Great read! It was refreshing to be reminded that simplicity (rather, living simply) is not something to strive for, but instead is a state of being/mind, in which we are living in true peace and with joy, clear-headed to enjoy our relationships and possessions. We are not controlled or dictated by our possessions, time, or other people -- rather we are living in true harmony and with contentment with what we have, who we are, and how we spend our time and energy. "It (simplicity) means being in [...]

    7. I think I was expecting a book more about grace or something which is my fault for not paying closer attention. The book wasn't bad per se it just wasn't what I was looking for and only a couple pieces of it seemed relevant. I caught myself skimming a lot of times because I wanted to move on to more productive things. When I read Christian living type books I typically expect to be challenged but also brought closer to God or feel God in the book and sadly I felt very little of the first and har [...]

    8. It's not a profoundly deep book theologically, but it is such a good practical reminder that simplicity is where we thrive. From how we spend our money, time, and energy to what we choose to consume, it all has a spiritual, emotional, and social effect on us.

    9. Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this book. I read this book as part of a women's study that my church was doing. And there were definitely chapters that I didn't like as much. The first couple chapters were slow, I didn't too much care for the one on leisure, and the last chapter (worry) seemed to be much more a recap of the book than an independent chapter on worry. That being said, however, this book truly changed my life.Chapter 7 was my favorite, which addressed overcommitting to thi [...]

    10. I loved this book--it is one to contemplate and savor for a long time. Jan Johnson encourages us to live our lives to reflect what is most important--the love of Christ. I strongly recommend this book. She looks at simplicity from many angles--and many ways of growing in this discipline, There were many quotes from my favorite authors on this subject--and reiterated some of the principles of "Margin" and "The Discipline of Simplicity" but with fresh thoughts. I want to spend more time with this [...]

    11. A pretty simple concept really, life-giving living requires simplicity and not death bringing over accomplishment, chaos and drive. The author discusses distraction, intentionality, and then x6 spiritual disciplines in this vein. I picked this book up while studying psychology as it was recommended in this vein this book does not strike me as a psychological book, hence I was somewhat disappointed. However, the idea of authentic life giving flourishing vs. death giving pathology would be psycho [...]

    12. This book is about simplicity, but I found it to be overwhelming. I would have much preferred each chapter focus on simplifying one aspect of life rather than give me all the options. Also, I feel like there is a very fine line between simplicity and legalism. I didn't understand the motives behind a lot of the experiments. Maybe I'm just not ready to tackle this project?

    13. Amazing how much better I felt about myself, how much pressure and stress relief these simple truths gave me. One book I'll read over and over again. After reading it through, go back and read And reread those sections that offer the most help and guidance to a more peaceful, relaxed way of living.

    14. Perfectly describes the life I want to live. Simplicity, treasuring God, making time and space for real relationships. Not just going with the flow. This book is fantastic; I wrote down many things that I learned so I won't retype here, but I'll be recommending this for sure. Definite re-read at some point.

    15. A perfect read for me in the midst of my life as it stands. Each time I picked it up I felt renewed as I read. I always looked forward to reading more, yet the very rhythm encouraged more savoring than devouring. Words God has been speaking to me our echoed in every chapter: intentionality, rest, focus on Him above all.Absolutely loved this book!

    16. What an amazing, inspiring book. I recommend this to anyone who likes to read about self-improvement, changing habits and living a balanced life--with a little bit of spirituality tucked in for good measure.

    17. One of those books that is hard to read just once and devour all its truths. I loved how this author zeroed in on the aimless activities that can take over our lives, and focused the reader on those of worshiping God and loving others -- what life REALLY should be about.

    18. This book was just okay. It has a target audience that is limiting. There are some good suggestions to evaluate how simplicity is a part of how one could live, but I do wish there was more substance to it.

    19. Amazing! Jan Johnson is practical s she invites us into a journey toward simplicity-- and a long journey it will be for many of us. I will undoubtedly read this book numerous times.

    20. I really liked this book. It was more than just food for thought, it was a veritable (albeit simple) feast!

    21. I really enjoyed the premise behind this book, that simplicity is not the goal but a means to help us have less cluttered lives so we can focus on what is really important.

    22. Great reminders of how to not let today's culture of non-stop activities, consumerism, technology, etc take over your life, and how to make time for and space for Christ.

    23. Loved the way Jan walked me through how appealing simplicity is and gave me practical steps to move in that direction without making it burdensome. I'm finding this to be a very freeing discipline!

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