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Real Simplicity Paperback – May 7, 2011
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About the Author
Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church, one of the largest churches in America, leading alongside author and pastor Max Lucado. A leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign. He is also the author of The Heart of the Story, The Connecting Church 2.0, and The Christian Life Profile Assessment. He and his wife, Rozanne, live in San Antonio, Texas.
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Top Customer Reviews
Just two days ago I received a copy of the book "Real Simplicity" by Rozanne and Randy Frazee. The book seemed very intriguing to me because of our family's desire to simplify our life where possible. So I opened the book and read through it faster than I do most books. In short, if you seem overwhelmed with your schedule and dissatisfied with your relationships, then I would recommend that you get this book and devote some time to working through the contents.
There were a few things that I really liked about this book. First, it was an easy read, yet kept my attention. Secondly, the authors are people who have been living a simple life for many years and believe so much in the power of simplicity that they are willing to write a book about it. Finally, it was great that Rozanne added recipes throughout the book. I'm really going to have to try the Spiced Coffee recipe soon!
Let me briefly give you an idea of what this book is about. The authors go into a lot of detail explaining how the typical suburban American family is just too busy. Hours in commute to work each day, children playing various sports (which cost a lot of money), little family time and little sleep. People are just too busy trying to create a good life for their family. A result of this has been that community, both at home and in your actual community, has become almost non-existent. People park their cars in their garages and enter their house, never even talking with their neighbors.
The authors offer a new way of organizing your day and relationships to help you simplify your life and build authentic relationships with your family and neighbors. I won't tell you what they offer so that you will have to read the book for yourself!
I like this book and want to explore more about how my family can implement some of the suggestions given.
"There is among Americans a common illness called `leisure sickness'. This malady manifests itself in several forms, such as flulike symptoms, headache, sore throat and muscle aches. Essentially, our bodies and emotions are so stressed out during the week that in the evenings and particularly on the weekends we fall apart."
Have you ever wondered about this? Notice how these days we don't even allow ourselves to take a day off if we are sick? This is not isolated to individuals, rather there is a greater issue being unveiled. In this Real Simplicity, the authors question whether historians will look back on this era and find that it is marked by "the death of community and perhaps even of the family". They identify key traits of "crowded loneliness" "isolation undermining health" "work imbalance""accumulation addiction" and so much more. All of these issues are culminating to cause a decline in the overall health of our families and society as a whole.
Randy Frazee as senior minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, a pastor in partner with author and pastor Max Lucado, speaks first hand on how churches and individuals can address the challenge of simplifying their lives, yet not to the detriment of walking in our God given calling. Sometimes in our efforts to "fix" issues we pile on even more events and relationships, amp up our already stressful lives.Read more ›
Randy and Rozanne Frazee have some ideas that just might change your life. Their book, Real Simplicity deals with these and other problems head-on and offers up some good (and sometimes rather radical) suggestions. Most of their ideas revolve around these points: be more family and neighborhood focused, be less involved in overly expensive structured activities, be more involved with each other, rest more, enjoy the simple things; their more radical idea also involves resting...at the right time. You will have to read it to find out more (it's interesting though and might work quite well for some).
Packed with great ideas, enjoyable stories and delicious sounding recipes, Real Simplicity is a worthwhile read for families who have traded peace and simplicity for busyness and stuff.
Though written by a Pastor, sadly there is little of the Gospel presented within its pages.
DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a copy of this book by Zondervan for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book not only provides solutions to our everyday "scheduling problems," but probes into which activities in our daily lives are smothering us. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Anna J. Carver
Just like her husband, Rozanne shares her knowledge in making room to live a real life without all of the "if I had more time" or cutting into a family's lifestyle. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Maritom Hardy
I just finished this book, and found it compelling. It is a call to a simpler more balanced lifestyle. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Sophia R
Imagine if you will...being able to enjoy a simpler, slower paced life where you actually had time to enjoy your relationship with God, being able to enjoy relaxed relation... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Harold Cameron
Real Simplicity written by Randy and Rozanee Frazee is a sweeping gust of wind by the pipes of our break-neck speed lives. Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Sheep23