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- Publisher: Ever Catholic (September 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 11, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075K3QR48
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Don't take this the wrong way, though. I greatly respect her approach and dedication to evangelize. In a world that appears, at least on surface, to be getting crazier with each passing day, a voice calling out for us all to follow Jesus is welcome.
BLUSH FACTOR This is definitely a book that is a safe choice to read to your youngster, your 80-year-old grandmother or to your church group, obviously. Unless you share a trait I have: I am a hoarder of information: Books, magazines, newspapers, in print or in electronic format. That is one of the reasons I became successful as a writer. The habit, though...no, the lifestyle of hoarding information can lead to a good deal of clutter and, for the spouse, distress.
DOES THIS BOOK HELP ME Yes, and no. The writer makes several excellent strides to explain what minimalist living is and why it should be one's goal. This section is well-stated but, just a tad more syrupy. At least for me. I understand the point is to motivate the reader, but I have to tell it straight. As I dug in deeper, though, I totally forgot about the sweetness and came across the chapter about hoarding. That was the part that I want to say is helpful and not helpful. Why? Because I had to face myself and decided to go through my library to clean out the stuff. That is a hard one for me.
Will I now strive towards sainthood? Not much chance of that. I will, however, work towards the goals this author has written about.
Please take a gander at the below excerpt to understand her writing style and a bit of her message. If you find it acceptable, give the book a shot...
I want to take a moment and address the psychological disorder of hoarding for two reasons. First, much like a person can have depressing moments without suffering from clinical depression, we can also act like hoarders without suffering from this crippling condition. It’s important that we see the signs, the red flags, and the patterns that show us we might be headed for a more serious problem if we do not address our attachment to things before it spirals out of control.
Second, if you suspect that you have a serious problem with hoarding, or that someone you love is a clinical hoarder, you must seek out professional help. It’s likely not a problem you can pray your way out of or read enough books to fix. There are likely underlying psychological issues that need to be addressed before you can be free to tackle the piles.
Hoarding both relieves anxiety and produces it. The more hoarders accumulate, the more insulated they feel from the world and its dangers. Of course, the more they accumulate, the more isolated they become from the world, including family and friends. Even the thought of discarding or cleaning out hoarded items produces extreme feelings of panic and discomfort.[iv]
Hoarders often feel as if their possessions are a part of them. They could no sooner part with their coin collection as if it were one of their very own fingers. We often think of hoarders as messy people, especially if you’re seen episodes of A&E’s show Hoarders, where people often need hazmat suits just to enter a hoarder’s home. But, like the case with my grandmother, her house was very neat, orderly, and clean and yet she would become extremely anxious if you even suggested she might not need six different vacuums. She genuinely felt that she did.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America[v] lists the following symptoms and behaviors that hoarders might exhibit:
Inability to throw away possessions
Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items
Great difficulty categorizing or organizing possessions
Indecision about what to keep or where to put things
Distress, such as feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions
Suspicion of other people touching items
Obsessive thoughts and actions: fear of running out of an item or of needing it in the future; checking the trash for accidentally discarded objects
Functional impairments, including loss of living space, social isolation, family or marital discord, financial difficulties, health hazards
Jaquith, Sterling. Not Of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism (Kindle Locations 494-521). Ever Catholic. Kindle Edition.
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
What I found particularly helpful was the reminder that I want to live intentionally, short chapters with realistic steps for success. I am excited to clean out my life so that this Advent my family can truly focus on preparing for Jesus to come instead of feeling buries and trapped in a mountain of fun stopping stuff.