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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Unstuff your life

    God . . . and stuff. Everything in the universe falls into one of these two categories. Which is more important to you? (It's not a trick question.) In Unstuff: Making Room in Your Life for What Really Matters, popular authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco take a close look at what's in your wallet, your heart, your house, and your mind to reveal the pleasures and perils of stuff-and the joy, peace, and freedom that comes from learning to live with less.
    In this real-life look at "how it's done," the DiMarcos take an uncomfortably close look at the cost of their love affair with stuff. They start by Unstuffing their house-getting rid of anything they don't need by giving away, selling, or throwing out items that only add to their love for more. Then, kicking it up a notch, this family of three travels across the country with nothing more than they can fit in a motor home . . . and discovers that the really important stuff goes with them.

    This book is 6 sections full of ideas and personal stories from the authors as to how they experienced a releasing of their stuff. These sections include:

    "Wallet Stuff" which includes work, paying bills, shopping, and all things financial.
    "Mind Stuff" talks about instant gratification, depression, drama, worrying about what others think.
    "Body Stuff" is all about eating and weight issues and fatigue.
    "Love Stuff" delves into sexual addiction, being selfish or lonely, and how giving can replace love.
    "Worship Stuff" includes wanting to be comfortable, not praying, reading the Word or just being lazy.
    "Future Stuff" talks about avoiding certain triggers, living within your means and learning to rest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Worth Reading

    Initially when I first started reading this book, I was a little discouraged. In the beginning of the book the DiMarco's talk about how they moved into an RV for three months and had to live on only "the essentials". I have to admit it made me a little frustrated because I personally live on a very tight budget do not often get to purchase the luxaries that the DiMarco's already had. My family and I already live on "the essentials". So the beginning of the book was a little hard for me to read. I actually put it down for a few days. But since I had signed up with Tyndale Bloggers to read books and write reviews about them, I knew I had to finish it. So I did. I was pleasantly surprised that the rest of the book was very helpful. The DiMarco's not only talked about reducing the "stuff" in their lives, meaning things that clutter our closets, but they also talk about the other things in life that can get in the way ouf our relationship with God. Things I never thought of as being "stuff". For example: Wallet Stuff which deals with spending of course; Mind Stuff, which deals with what we think and feel; Body Stuff, health issues and eating habits (especially liked this chapter); Love Stuff, dealing with relationships; Worship Stuff, our spiritual life; Future Stuff, which gives helpful advice on how to continue to live unstuffed. By the time I finished the book I was glad that I read it. I began underlining things I want to remember. I would definately recommend this book to anyone wanting to rid their lives of things that get in the way of God. My only concern is that people who really need to read this book may not because of the same reasons I had trouble reading it. No one wants to read about people who have more than they do trying to deal smaller closet space. However if you can past that part, it really hits home with some of the other ways we can "stuff" ourselves. Definately worth reading for anyone who wants to clear the way to a fuller relationship with God. --I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for a written review. However I am allowed to express my own opinion of this book.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

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    How much stuff do you really need in your life? Are you feeling stressed? Then read this wonderful book!

    Most of us have seen the latest shows on TV or cable that showcase how to effectively declutter your home, get more organized and how to balance those priorities in our lives. We have also seen the extreme side of those things as well in programs that showcase what happens when we have so much stuff we can find our way through rooms.

    Yet I know if you're like me, we aren't that extreme, we may have a few messy, disorganized closets, drawers and places where we may store our stuff hoping that one day we will use it, so why throw it away.

    In the book, Unstuff - Making Room In Your Life For What Really Matters by Hayley and Michael DiMarco, they outline for you things you may have never considered in streamlining your need for things in your life.

    They also challenge you to take back control of your home, your car, your workplace and even your planner to find ways to allow more "room" back into your life again.

    One simple challenge that really got me thinking was my closets. The challenge was to go into the deepest part of that closet and pull something out. Why is it there? If you haven't used it in a year than get rid of it, donate it, or sell it. If it were that important to you, it wouldn't be buried in the back of your closet.

    Like me, I have tons of things I am hoping to wear "someday" but that day may never come so why not bless someone else who has a true need of that now? Here's a great way to think about things in your home to analyze if you have too much clutter:

    1. Do you find rotten fruit and vegetables stuffed in the back of the fridge?

    2. Do the boxes on your pantry shelves expire before you eat them?

    3. Do you have clothes in your closet you haven't worn in years?

    4. Is your garage stashed with odds and ends that you'll probably never use?

    Along with some cute stories and quotes, you find God's promises to leading a fulfilled life without stuff trying to meet those needs. This is a great resource for anyone looking to get more organized in every area of their life.

    I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and would highly recommend this to everyone I know. It has helped me clear out space not to fill it with more stuff but to realize I don't have to keep stuff for those "someday" uses. I can help those who could use it now. This one rates a full 5 stars! This book is available in paperback and eBook formats.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    Do you have too much stuff?

    I received the new book Unstuff by Hayley & Michael DiMarco from Tyndale. You can see more information about this book on the Tyndale page.

    My thoughts:
    With our recent move, I've become very aware of how much STUFF we have. When I saw the description of this book, I wanted to read it. I'm so glad I did. It is a fast read. First, they present 11 reasons to unstuff. Then there are six sections of different types of stuff: Wallet Stuff, Mind Stuff, Body Stuff, Love Stuff, Worship Stuff, and Future Stuff. The authors write about how our stuff can overtake our daily lives to a point that we don't have room left for God. I found it interesting to read the information regarding the correlation between our health and more stuff. This book will really make you think about the things in your life and how you spend your time and money.

    I highly recommend this book to you for some great reading and motivation to Unstuff your life. (Thank you to Tyndale for providing this book for my honest review.)

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    A good read

    "Unstuff -Making room in your life for What Really Matters", is a quick read. It's laid out in an honest and fun way for the reader. Even though the authors take extreme measures and "unstuff" their lives by getting rid of things from their home and driving across the country for three months. (They only kept what they could fit into a motor home.) I found it to be a positive read and was very interesting to follow along with the authors on their journey to Unstuff! Can you imagine? Definitely something to think about, maybe not that extreme for some of us. But to declutter is a positive and healthy thing to do. Now that it's the start to a new year what a great opportunity for everyone to "Unstuff".

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    Can't Grasp the Concept

    God . . . and stuff. Everything in the universe falls into one of these two categories. Which is more important to you? (It's not a trick question.) In Unstuff: Making Room in Your Life for What Really Matters, popular authors Hayley and Michael DiMarco take a close look at what's in your wallet, your heart, your house, and your mind to reveal the pleasures and perils of stuff-and the joy, peace, and freedom that comes from learning to live with less.
    In this real-life look at "how it's done," the DiMarcos take an uncomfortably close look at the cost of their love affair with stuff. They start by Unstuffing their house-getting rid of anything they don't need by giving away, selling, or throwing out items that only add to their love for more. Then, kicking it up a notch, this family of three travels across the country with nothing more than they can fit in a motor home . . . and discovers that the really important stuff goes with them.

    I read this book during a bad time, the Christmas Holiday when we receive alot! I can see where the Authors are coming from and talking about but the idea of selling everything including your house and moving into a small motor home is an idea that I cannot grasp right now. It would not work for my family. I prefer the habit we have of going thru our things every other month or so and donating it to our Community Action Office.

    I received this book from Tyndale for Review, opinions are my own.

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