A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living

Emily Ley. Thomas Nelson, $19.99 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-0-7180-9830-8
Ley (Grace, not Perfection), nudges readers to streamline their life in this straightforward self-help guide and personal planner. Her plan is broken down into three steps: reduce distractions by removing the unnecessary; put tools in place by setting up systems, resources, and accountability; and establish routines that work. “I don’t organize or structure life just because it’s my job or because I want things to look good from the outside,” she writes. “I do these things because I want a life that is rich, sweet, and uncomplicated.” The book is divided into 10 chapters, each focusing on a different facet of life: space, style, meals, finances, faith, etc. Ley’s strategy begins with a clean space: “At the end of each day, walk the house with a laundry basket and gather clutter. Empty trash cans. Wipe down surfaces.” Her financial advice is simple and sound: “Monitor [your] account every other day or so to check for any discrepancies.” She also recommends savings quotas and overdraft protection, and includes a list of financial terms. In the faith section she has strategies for rethinking the value of social media, returning to simple prayers, making time for faith, and letting God be in control. Fans of Marie Kondo will find this a welcome book for further tips on simple living. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/30/2017
Release date: 11/01/2017
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