Simple Life: Time, Relationships, Money, God

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The research and change methods that made Simple Church a multiawarded, #1 ministry best seller are now applied to everyday matters in Simple Life. Authors Thom S. Rainer and Art Rainer interviewed a cross-section of 1,077 individuals to confirm that most people feel their lives are overly stressful and misguided, not allowing enough time for what really counts. As they share these highly relatable stories, the Rainers chart a simple path from joyless to joyful.

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Overview

The research and change methods that made Simple Church a multiawarded, #1 ministry best seller are now applied to everyday matters in Simple Life. Authors Thom S. Rainer and Art Rainer interviewed a cross-section of 1,077 individuals to confirm that most people feel their lives are overly stressful and misguided, not allowing enough time for what really counts. As they share these highly relatable stories, the Rainers chart a simple path from joyless to joyful.

Breaking life down into four key sections (Time, Relationships, God, Money), the authors show how four key goals (Clarity, Movement, Alignment, Focus) can begin to foster a life that is more spiritual and less busy, a life rich in experiences with family and friends rather than double-booked to-do lists and late nights at the office. The book even lays out an easy-to-follow action plan that will move readers assuredly toward the simple life in just thirty days.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805448863
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,364,989
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Thom S. Rainer is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies worldwide, and the best-selling coauthor of Simple Church. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Art Rainer is a banking professional and freelance writer. He earned his MBA from the University of Kentucky and now lives with his wife, Sarah, near Miami, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Simple Life 1

Part 1 Simple Life: How to Make Your Time Really Count

Chapter 1 I Want to Spend More Time Doing Things That Matter 21

Chapter 2 The Barriers of Time 41

Chapter 3 When the Priorities of Time Match Who We Are 61

Chapter 4 A Matter of Time 81

Part 2 Simple Life: How to Create and Keep Healthy Relationships

Chapter 5 I Want to Have Healthier Relationships with Family and Friends 99

Chapter 6 Moving to Healthier Relationships 119

Chapter 7 The Five Hindrances to Healthy Relationships 137

Chapter 8 Focus, Relationships, and Sacrifice 157

Part 3 Simple Life: How to Simplify and Build Healthy Finances

Chapter 9 I Want to Provide Financially for My Family 177

Chapter 10 Making Sense of Money Matters 197

Chapter 11 Aligning Your Money and Mission 213

Chapter 12 Keeping Focus on Your Finances 231

Part 4 Simple Life: How to Get Closer to God

Chapter 13 Looking for God in All the Wrong Places 249

Chapter 14 Moving Closer to God 269

Chapter 15 God in the Background 287

Chapter 16 God in the Foreground 305

Conclusion 323\

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

    The perfect book for those ready to live better

    Simple Life by Thom and Art Rainer is the book you've been looking for to help you get your life under control. The authors are father and son who previously wrote the popular Simple Church. They focus on four major areas where readers need to simplify their lives: time, relationships, money, and God. Then they break down those goals into four areas: clarity, movement, alignment, and focus. Through several surveys and studies they determined where people are feeling the crunch of being stretched too thin without having quality relationships in their lives. Using these studies and Christian principles, they offer the opportunity for hope for real change. There are a lot of books that promise to fulfill just one of the goals of Simple Life; the Rainers do it better and all in one book.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    I highly recommend this book!

    This book is one that requires study and thought. I have read it and now
    I am going through studying the questions and thinking of how this book
    is improving my life. I think all Christians would benefit from this book.
    I even think non Christians could gain a lot from this book.
    I bought it for my nook but am going to buy another copy to write in and
    study like a text book.

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