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Freedom of Simplicity:: Finding Harmony in a Complex World [Kindle Edition]

Richard J. Foster
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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A revised and updated edition of the manifesto that shows how simplicity is not merely having less stress and more leisure but an essential spiritual discipline for the health of our soul.

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“This book will become a challenging and formative part of your spiritual life.”

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Articulates a creative, more human style of living and points the way for Christians to make their lives "models of simplicity."

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  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JBI3E2
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking free and finding peace December 14, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's not an easy task to let go of the known and go into the unknown.

To let go of possessions, relationships and to live simply one day at a time. To let go of controlling people you live with, work with, play with, to be and to trust.

It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and others, it brings peace and fulfillment not to rush and accomplish but to do one thing at a time, whether it's eating, vacuuming, telephone calling, working at the office or being with the kids or grandkids.

One thing at a time done with simple awareness is worth doing many, many things without awareness. Richard Foster shows us how to live this lifestyle in his books Freedom of Simplicity and Celebration of Discipline. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

Once you let go, you don't have to prove anything to anyone, you lose that competition drive, status quo, you don't have to live on the edge, you become more compassionate, more centered, more intuitive, more alive to yourself and others.

You worry less and love more, you fear less and trust more, you live for the moment, because that's all you have. You make less mistakes and better decisions. You need less and enjoy more. Live simply so that others may simply live
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christian case against me-ism and more-ism. April 14, 2002
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Foster wonders if he is the right person to write this book, and indeed who would be. (It seems clear that he was exactly the right person.) Our culture is at war with simplicity. Material neediness is almost demanded of us. We need new stuff -- techno-toys, fashions, cars, amazing new whatnot. Says Foster: "Stress the quality of life above the quantity of life. Refuse to be seduced into defining life in terms of having rather than being. Cultivate solitude and silence. Learn to 'listen to God's speech in his wondrous, terrible, gentle, loving, all-embracing silence'... Value music, art, books, significant travel. If you are too busy to read, you are too busy... Learn the wonderful truth that to increase the quality of life means to decrease material desire..." Foster leads the reader to understand that Christian simplicity is not merely a reinvention of self focus, a stripped-down version of self indulgence. It is both carefully inward-looking and thoughtfully outward-looking, always seeking to need only One. This is not the Christianity that the skeptic will find easy to assail, but rather the type of human concerns illuminated by Christ: "A million hogs in Indiana have superior housing to a billion humans on this planet."
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Challenging Than I Thought February 27, 2002
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This was a good book on voluntary simplicity. I've read enough of such books, but this one offered more of a biblical perspective than I've seen in a lot. The first couple of chapters are really great, as they offered some great insights about how God views wealth and our responsibility to others. It's good information, too, because in our society, we are mostly concerned about how we can get more money to take better care of SELF, not others. Other countries are a lot more community oriented.
In later chapters, though, the book shifts gears a bit and shows us some things we can do to embrace simplicity outwardly and inwardly. Because of these chapters, I don't think that this is exactly the book for simplicity beginners. It gets pretty challenging, and not that this is a bad thing, but it can be a little intimidating and feel a bit "burdensome". The wise reader, however, will know what to apply, and what is fitting for his or her life, and the direction God is leading him or her in. It is a good book, though, and I would recommend it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity for the Christian July 5, 1998
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Of all the books on the market today about simplicity this one speaks directly to the Christian. It explains why many of us may feel drawn to the simple life. What would Jesus do? This is more than a book about how to save money, buy at thrift stores, and save the earth. It speaks to the soul.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Reading for Christians in the Western World! April 1, 2002
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I began reading this book with high expectations regarding the insights the author would have to offer. I was certainly not disappointed. Foster divides his work into two parts. In part one, he lays a foundation for a life of simplicity based upon the Old and New Testaments. He also draws upon church history to illustrate the advantages of not being distracted by worldly possessions and pursuits.
In part two, Foster puts the concept of simplicity into action. He speaks of inward simplicity which aligns our lives properly with God. He then refers to outward simplicity, which relates us in a fitting manner to persons around us. He closes his book by referring to corporate simplicity in the church and in the world. Sadly, his work would have been better had he omitted these last two chapters. In them, Foster's liberal economic and political views rise to the surface, strongly overshadowing the Biblical argument he has so skillfully presented earlier.
Still, in an age characterized by materialism within and without the church, this book gives a fresh new perspective on focusing on things eternal that cannot be bought or sold. I recommend it highly.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tool for the 21st Century spiritual traveler July 22, 1996
By A Customer
This book gives a delightfully profound look at the need for simplicity in life. It forces us to look at the way we live, use our time, and relate to others. Foster searches many of the great spiritual leaders from Pascal to Kempis to provide documentation and perspective on the spiritual life. His writings help to rediscover prayer, meditation, and the "Divine Center" necessary for walking daily with Christ...

This is a book to read and re-read. It is one gift that any Christian would find liberating and inspiring
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just read this book...Let it change the way you live
As important today as when it was written. This is a great expansion to the chapter on Simplicity in Celebration of Discipline
Published 1 day ago by Jim McConnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Foster calling people to clear the clutter and get to the heart of things. Very good.
Published 4 days ago by Schmoo
5.0 out of 5 stars The author has an excellent grasp of English
The author has an excellent grasp of English, and he has an even greater understanding of the essential principles of the Christian life without being judgmental or dogmatic. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Embee Ham
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read for Christians who want to take simplicity seriously
An older book reprinted. Very good read for Christians who want to take simplicity seriously. Interesting chapter from the OT. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Of Simplicity
"Freedom of Simplicity" by Richard Foster is a great read for anyone wanting a simpler life. The is around 185 pages and such topics as:

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Published 2 months ago by Michael Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars My original copy
This is still the best book for adding Biblical simplicity to one's life. Theologically sound but written so that the average reader would need only a few looks at a dictionary. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim McManus
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a guide on how to stay centered on what is truly...
I had the hardback version of this book and passed it on to someone else. Then I realized this is a reference book to visit many times, as all great spiritual guidance books are. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joyce Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars So much to think about...
I stumbled upon this book while searching my library for another book with "simplicity" in its title. I feel like God must have arranged it that way! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emily Parrino
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time, a great book to help refocus priorities in a busy...
A very interesting read if you are looking for perspective in regards to the busyness of life. I would highly recommend taking the time to read this and reasses the power of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide to the Christian Life
I am not one who likes to read the same book more than once, but I've read this book several times as I finds it continually gives me food for thought and reminds me of what is... Read more
Published 12 months ago by John C. Titus
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