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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805418539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805418538
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,185,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Poet, painter and singer/songwriter (as half of the modern pop duo Sayso) Thomas debuts as author in this warm, funny volume aimed at simplifying the lives of Christian women. In pursuit of what Thomas calls the "Sacrament of Simplicity," she divides her material into three sections, addressing the needs of the physical (body), relational/emotional (soul) and spiritual (spirit). In each part, Thomas outlines ways to get rid of excess, find joy in daily tasks and reflect the image of Christ in everyday life. There are also exercises, such as creating a mission statement; questions, to help readers target sources of clutter; and summaries. Although these clear, concise suggestions will most likely be appreciated by those who are overwhelmed by the demands and pace of contemporary life and by those seeking a deeper spirituality, what elevates Thomas's book above the average how-to is her engaging candor. Anecdotes about her own struggles and, yes, meaningful "clutter" (four Christmas trees), relayed in an appealing, conversational tone, will make readers feel like they are having a soothing cup of tea with a treasured friend. By gently poking fun at her own setbacks and quest for perfection (which, she points out, "will either ravage the well-being of our interiors or reduce us to humble gratitude"), Thomas will not only encourage readers to start weeding, but also to be kind to themselves in the process.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Born in Houston, Texas and raised in California, Japan and the Southeastern United States, Kim Thomas is a successful artist on many fronts. Among other things, she is an accomplished painter, a published poet and a powerful songwriter. Kim and her husband Jim are perhaps best known for the success of their Nashville-based band, Say-So, a group that has enjoyed a great deal of acclaim in its decade of touring across the Contemporary Christian circuit. Kim's poetry and paintings, along with ten new songs are featured on the new Sayso CD, Still Waters, which released in mid-March under the Organic Records/Pamplin Music label.

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I enjoyed the book so much that I gave up my highlighter and decided to reread it.
Ronda Payton-penuel
One of the best features of it is that it does not offer a complicated formula for achieving simplicity.
Doug Erlandson
I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I have and are able to glean some wisdom along the way.
Rebekah Miler-lyles

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
ms. thomas is a obviously a master of words, and she certainly has chosen them carefully and effectively! "Simplicity" is a book that will cater to every woman (and i think men can glean much wisdom as well) desiring to get it right. Her ideas are fleshed out in a very understandable way, yet she doesn't resort to a dry 'how-to' drone that is so prevalent; this book is quite creatively inspiring as well. carry on, kim. i finish this book with an awareness that even i am equipped to simplify my crazy life.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ronda Payton-penuel on October 25, 2001
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I loved the writer's style!! She gives many examples which
allow the reader to experience what is being read!! I enjoyed
the book so much that I gave up my highlighter and decided to
reread it. I was on my way to highlighting the entire book!!
The wisdom here is unmatched and the writer makes you feel as
if you know her personally. I am getting another copy for a
friend!! You won't miss with this terrific book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 27, 2013
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Over the years I have read quite a few books on simplicity. "Simplicity: Finding Peace by Uncluttering Your Life," by Kim Thomas, is one of the best. One of the best features of it is that it does not offer a complicated formula for achieving simplicity. As the title of the book notes, it is about uncluttering. Clutter complicates one's life. But not just physical clutter. Clutter in one's relationships. Clutter in one's schedule and in one's activities. Clutter in one's hobbies. All of these keep one's life from being simple. Ms. Thomas speaks to these and other forms of clutter and shows in a practical way how to get rid of the clutter so that one can begin to live simply and thereby concentrate on those things that are of lasting value. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is committed to living more simply.
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I am actually reading this book again and loving the insights it is giving me to really simplify with the goal of letting what is truly important have my full attention. I would recommend this for anyone who is searching, feeling overwhelmed by clutter, or just feels like they need spring-cleaning for their life.
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