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In today's fast-paced and technology-driven times, Christians feel stressed out and overly busy. Many are left longing for simpler days, unaware that these days are within their grasp, made possible by getting rid of spiritual and material clutter.

Respected prophetic leader Chuck D. Pierce and his wife, Pam, remind Christians of the rewards of living simply. Together they ...

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Overview

In today's fast-paced and technology-driven times, Christians feel stressed out and overly busy. Many are left longing for simpler days, unaware that these days are within their grasp, made possible by getting rid of spiritual and material clutter.

Respected prophetic leader Chuck D. Pierce and his wife, Pam, remind Christians of the rewards of living simply. Together they weave biblical teaching with practical tips that will help readers answer questions like these:
How can I...

• clear out unnecessary clutter in my home?
• overcome anxiety?
• rely on God for my sustenance?
• get free from too much technology and/or entertainment?
• preserve a Sabbath rest?
• free myself from the stronghold of materialism?

Sharing their insights to help readers break free of anything that enslaves them, Pam and Chuck empower Christians, both materially and spiritually, to live a clutter-free life.

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Editorial Reviews

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There’s no shortage of guides to simple living, and now there’s one more, from a charismatic Christian viewpoint. In Chuck and Pam Pierce’s new book on the topic, the charismatic Christian ministers write about spiritual and material simplicity with a vocabulary that will connect with an audience that may be suspicious of more mainstream books about frugality. Simplicity is not just about cleaning out closets, Pam suggests; it involves “walking around the perimeter of activities, options, commitments, even relationships, and examining them with an eye of wisdom.” Both write chapters;Pam’s center around issues like technology, Sabbath, money, and clutter, while Chuck’s focus on a spiritual-warfare approach to anxiety and stress. While the book contains helpful advice for all regarding things like electronic media fasts and a spiritual approach to simplicity, its value has definite limits. Noncharismatic readers may struggle with Chuck’s tangential references to eschatological prophecies and “seven-year cycles,” his assumption that “everyone in Christendom would want to read [his previous] book when it came out,” and his apparent conflation of the United States with “God’s covenant people.” (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800794774
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pam and Chuck D. Pierce are ordained ministers and have been married for 36 years. Chuck serves as president of Glory of Zion International Ministries in Denton, Texas, and vice president of Global Harvest Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He coordinates prayer for many major gatherings around the world and has authored and coauthored many books. Pam has ministered within the Body of Christ much of her adult life. She homeschooled their five children and is currently a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher. She maintains the lively Pierce household, which includes four dogs, a cat, two birds, and a lizard.
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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Reads like 2 books combined into 1

    Pam and Chuck Pierce take a no nonsense look at simplifying our lives both physically and spiritually. Pam does most of the writing about simplification while Chuck comes in towards the end of the book and talks about stress, anxiety, and fear. The two parts of the book felt somewhat disconnected. In addition, the plethora of personal stories did not always tie directly into the topic being discussed.

    Overall, I thought most of the information covered in this book was good, but there were several theological issues where I disagreed with the authors. I did like the emphasis placed on figuring out what type of simplification was best for each individual family and figuring out what the Lord wanted for those families. It wasn't a one size fits all approach to simplification.

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of an honest review.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    The Rewards Of Simplicity

    In their book, The Rewards of Simplicity, Pan and Chuck D. Pierce explain the need for simplification in a society where multi-tasking, complexness and stress are a daily routine for most adults. The authors give practical tips for overcoming anxiety and stress, clearing clutter out of homes and hearts, and obtaining freedom from the destructive mindsets that many Americans learn at a young age.

    Although I do not necessarily agree with everything in this book, it did make some valid points. For example, the authors did a great job of explaining why simplicity is important in the life of an individual and supporting their claims with Scripture. However, there were portions that I do not believe were supported by Scripture and those are the portions that I question.

    Some of the most effective points made by the authors were: the need for a Sabbath, a day of rest from normal work activities, and how anxiety can affect a person's health and the need to put our trust in God to help us simplify our lives. The portion of the book relating to anxiety seemed very well-researched and I found to be very helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    Helps You to Simplify Your Spiritual and Physical Life

    First let me say, I really, really wanted to like this book. The synopsis sounded perfect for one wanting to find a simplistic life. I enjoyed Pam's writing style. It was engaging, and I was through her writings before I knew it. She covered a lot of good and interesting subjects but didn't deal with them as thoroughly as I felt she needed to. Yes, I know that one needs to clear out the clutter in their spiritual life before they can take care of their physical life. That was covered pretty well, but the physical clutter needed to be dealt with more. If one has a lot of clutter around, then they really need a more in-depth approach of how to get rid of it. There was a reason the clutter was kept to begin with, and those things needed to addressed more than they were.

    The last half of the book was authored by Chuck. I found it to be more preachy and annoying. Yes, there were good points, but all I wanted to do was get through "his" part. I feel awful saying that, but I got very tired reading about all his health problems and all the references to his past books he authored.

    Although there were things that I really didn't like, the book had a lot of useful ideas. It was worth the read, and I did learn a few things. I just wish it were more in-depth with how to achieve simplicity.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Not my favorite!

    I was eager to read The Rewards of Simplicity by Pam and Chuck D. Pierce as I have been striving as of late to simplify this crazy life of mine! As the title implies, The Rewards of Simplicity discusses simplifying one's life, home, and spiritual walk. It covers such topics as organizing your home, freeing yourself from entertainment, overcoming fear, and taking a Sabbath's rest. Although I was anxious to begin the book, I quickly became unsettled as I began to read. The author's explained how clearing out their spiritual clutter led to such things as God revealing future events to them. Although I know that some believers embrace such things, I do not. Since the book began on such a note, I had a hard time piecing together the parts that I did enjoy. Near the middle of the book however, when the authors discuss home organization, I did enjoy some of their tips. They frown on clutter.how could I not like that?

    While some people may glean things from this book, I found it to be rather choppy and unbiblical. I would be more apt to point someone to a different book on simplification and wary of recommending this one.

    This book was provided for my review by Bethany House Publishers.

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