Sunday, September 27, 2020

Biblical Minimism ~ Cheryl Smith ★★★★★

 



There is a lot more to minimalism than meets the eye. Yes, there is the decluttering part of it. But Cheryl E. Smith takes us along on her journey (which I've had the privilege of peeking into through her blog) from a big beautiful house filled with what she thought were treasures to a small place, in another state, where she treasures the things she has. But it's not just a book about how she decluttered. It's a book about how God took her through a long process of reevaluating nearly everything in her life. She began to look at things, situations, and relationships through His eyes, and it changed everything. She didn't go through this process alone though. She's shared this journey with her beloved husband Kevin and young adult son Zac. 


There is so much heartfelt, good advice about following hard after God in this text. It is a real challenge to look carefully at what we have and what has us. 

I underlined many passages, but these are some that really stood out to me.

"It is often easier to stay where we are, no matter how miserable our circumstances, than to open our minds to the possibility that God has something better for us."
page 17
Boy I know this is true from experience!

"God was calling us to move, but my affection was so strongly set on our physical possessions, I was refusing to answer His call. My hesitation to let go held me like prison bars. What I "owned," really owned me instead."
page 51

"God doesn't always reach down and immediately eliminate the messes we have created for ourselves. Smetimes, He allows us to feel the sting of bad decisions to drive the truth home so firmly that we won't forget or repeat the mistake in the future."
page 106

Chapter 12 —Eleven Ways to Discover Your Life's Calling was amazing. It had a number of questions to ask yourself that really shed light on what you should be doing with your life. 

This whole book had very concrete advice about how to do each thing involved with a journey to Biblical minimalism. I highly recommend the book.
5 stars ★★★★★

I use the Goodreads star system.
★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing

Thank you Cheryl, Kevin, and Zac for this complimentary review copy.




Biblical Minimalism Book Trailer by Cheryl @ Cheryl Smith Ministries



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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5 comments:

  1. I too have enjoyed her blog for some time, so it would be nice to read the book.

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  2. This is my second "running into" with this book so I had to read your review as He might be trying to tell me something:-) Can I ask though, are they now "minimalist" or just living far smaller than before. I don't like to get hung up on verbiage, but that's why I'm asking. I've actually considered what many refer to as minimalism as not being prepared like we are taught in the Bible. (Perhaps I am just easily confused.) We've scaled down considerably in the past 2 years. Might be an interesting read.

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    1. Well, I've not actually been to their house, but it sounds like they have downsized drastically. I don't know what their thoughts on preparedness are. I'm sure you could contact Cheryl through her blog, http://www.biblicalminimalism.com/ . Blessings to you Lady Locust! Happy fall!Laura

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  3. Thank you ever so much for your kind words about our book, sweet friend. May the Lord richly bless you and keep you always in His care. Sending love and hugs to you today.

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    1. Thank you dear Cheryl. I do hope we meet this side of Heaven!

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