Biblical Minimalism by Cheryl E Smith

 


I was thankfully the recipient of a gift copy of Cheryls book, "Biblical Minimalism," and I have been a longtime follower of her writings. I found her book to be one of encouragement to not only simplify your life by eliminating stuff (possessions) you can do without, but to also be brave enough to let go the sentimental things such as greeting cards, souvenirs and trinkets that are clutter you really don't need. I am making my personal list of where to start to downsize by beginning with my linens and clothing from my closet. In my kitchen there are unused items that my deceased husband purchased, that I have never used, and these will soon be given away as I find someone who will put them to good use. Cheryl also addressed the need to tithe and her confession that failing to do so brought more head ache to their debt. Cheryl was brave to address the need to eliminate toxic relationships that are dragging you down; and was careful to not include marriage unless there was abuse. I was amazed how well she handled the reality of stress when a person is overloaded with commitments and the need to be able to say no. Is it really beneficial? is it worth it? Are those you minister to actually desiring change, or do they just desire your attention? At the focal point is Jesus; and our relationship with Him. Can we have more time and be free from anxiety to sit at His feet as we eliminate those things that bind us? I found her book encouraging, challenging and I would recommend it to purchase, to read and then to share it with someone else.

Her book is available on Amazon.com as an e-book or a paperback.


"Cheryl Smith is the author of the book “Biblical Minimalism,” the story of her family’s journey from a life of abundance to a more abundant life. She is the author of the blogs Biblical Minimalism, where she writes about minimalism from a Biblical perspective, and Homespun Devotions, where she writes devotionals and conducts “Inner Views.” She loves to spend time with her husband and son in the mountains, sing and play Bluegrass music, and write."

Cheryl says of her book:  For years, my family and I struggled with overloaded schedules, overwhelming debt, and being far too enslaved to our 4-bedroom, 3 bath home and excess physical possessions. The things we thought we "owned" really owned us, and living in bondage to them rendered us physically ill, mentally exhausted, and existing from day to day in an underlying state of misery. Through a sobering wake-up call, God made it clear that life-changes must be made, and what followed was a minimizing journey that has led us to sell our home, let go of about 90% of our physical possessions, and eliminate 100% of our debt. This book will appeal to anyone who has a desire to live a more minimal, Biblical-aligned life; anyone who is exhausted from over-indulgence in consumerism; anyone who would like to downsize and reduce the number of their physical possessions; and anyone who needs to read of living proof of a modern-day family who is currently walking this path. Minimalism is becoming increasingly popular as people tire of being bound to their possessions and obligations. Many long for a simpler life, but do not know how to find it or even where to begin. As we walked our own minimizing journey, I often longed for a minimalism book that was written from a Biblical viewpoint, and I found that there are few such books available. My family and I wanted to be sure that what we were doing was not merely following after a "movement," but that it fully aligned with God's Word and how Jesus lived His life on earth. As my attempts to find a book continually came up short, I turned directly to God's Word and in-depth personal study. The result of that whole-hearted searching is the book, "Biblical Minimalism." It blazes the trail on the subject of Scripture-based minimalism and meets a growing need.

Comments

  1. Hazel, thank you so much for this beautiful review! We feel abundantly blessed to have you as a part of our launch team. May the Lord richly bless you, as you have blessed us!

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