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Rozanne has been on the journey to “Real Simplicity” for 29 years with her husband, Randy Frazee.  She has been a pastor’s wife for 20 of those years.  She is mother to 4 grown children, and has one granddaughter.  Rozanne loves running, reading, cooking, interpreting for the deaf at her church, spending time with family and friends, playing with her granddaughter and mostly spending time with her husband and best friend Randy.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310332958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310332954
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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These days many of us find ourselves caught up in the flurried cycle of life, with no idea of how to slow things down, even if we wanted to. Real Simplicity by Rozanne & Randy Frazee reveals practical ways to make this longing a reality. Last year, I spent about six months researching and delving into the topic of simplicity and I can tell you that this is not your typical take on "simplicity".

"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.
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I had already read Randy Frazee's book "Making Room for Life" which forms the basis for this book. His wife Roxanne adds her insights to this version and they are very valuable. The things they propose will seem radical to many in a world that seems to expect wall-to-wall activities, but I think it's time we all start reevaluating how we use our time. Is our current pace best for our families? Is it best for our communities?
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Our lives are complicated, busy, frustrating. Our children are over-whelmed with adult-organized activities and exhausted from over-scheduled lives. Families hardly know each other and neighbors don't know each other. Something needs to be done...but what?

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.
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