Book Look: “Simplify” by Bill Hybels

By Natalie Dupuis, September 17, 2015

Bill Hybels’ colleagues recognize him as a multitasking rock star. “I am not naturally inclined to lead a simple life,” says Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and host of the Global Leadership Summit each year. “I know far too much about being overwhelmed and overscheduled and exhausted.”

In his latest book, “Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul,” Hybels addresses the differences between living a simple life and living a simplified life: one that is uncluttered, filled with energy, relational and healthy.

Don’t expect it to focus on the hot-button topic of work-life balance, and don’t mind the self-help feel the introduction gives off. The book is more than a quick read with some good advice sprinkled in. It’s broken down into 10 actionable ways to fill your life with the things, people and relationships that matter.

Hybels explains that living a simplified life is by no means uncomplicated, but it is a life that is more connected to our world, families and friends, jobs and God. Hybels encourages readers to live “a lifestyle that allows us, when our heads hit the pillow at night, to reflect with gratitude that our day was well invested and the varied responsibilities of our lives are in order.”

Photo credit: Steve Bailey

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