- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736924620
- ISBN-13: 978-0736924627
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Emilie Barnes is the author of 70 books, including 101 Ways to Clean Out the Clutter; Heal My Heart, Lord; and 15 Minutes Alone with God. Emilie and her husband, Bob, are also the founders of More Hours in My Day time-management seminars.
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This book could do with a bit of outlining. The thoughts are good, but some seem to repeat. Others seem to be in the wrong place. For instance, p69 "design secrets" in the organizing half seems to belong in the second half of the book about decorating. I would suggest that to prepare for her second edition, Emilie Barnes should try to make sure all the subtitles for her paragraphs exactly describe what's in the paragraph and then organize those paragraphs by topic. This would go a long way toward getting rid of redundancy, and creating a logical flow.
Barnes also does not give enough attention to the consistency of her message. For example, on p62 she says not to worry about tomorrow. Yet this strikes me as contradictory in a book about quick organization fixes. Part of organizing means planning, which means we have to think about tomorrow, especially if we are quickly updating our calendars. This needs some deeper elaboration so that we as readers can see how these ideas fit together.
There is a lot of "do this" process-focused instruction, but not much discussion of general principles that can be used to guide in a variety of situations, and there is absolutely no working through the many mental blocks a disorganized person has to deal with to become more organized. Yes, the title says the book is supposed to be "quick fix", but it seems too much like the author didn't work very hard to distill the strongest ideas into the smallest space.
For a faith-based book, I think it could be bolder and use scripture to back more things up.
I could only stand reading one chapter. The bible verses were constant and did not pertain to the topic. There was little actual information about organizing in the portion I read.
It would be much better if it actually gave good organizational tips and tried to appeal to modern men and women. I doubt God cares how organized our houses are.