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.
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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.