Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson

Abundant Simplicity

Which activities give you energy and connect you with God? Do you know what behaviors are life-draining for you, separating you from God? Simplicity is about choosing the engaging, relational life we were meant to live. It means shedding obligation and pretension. It means spendingtimeenergymoneyin ways that help us become clear-headed. It means being intentional about what we do and how we live. These choices allow God's power to move through us...

Details Abundant Simplicity

TitleAbundant Simplicity
Release DateApr 28th, 2011
PublisherIVP Books
GenreChristian, Nonfiction, Religion, Faith, Christianity

Reviews Abundant Simplicity

  • Joy
    Re-read. Loved it as much the tenth time around! This book is an excellent, thought-provoking read on how to spend your day and life with God. Through practicing disciplines of silence, simplicity, and others, it is a refreshing read on how to re-work your schedule and life around what is most important.
  • Amy
    I found this book encouraging and challenging all at once. The writing is clear and helped me consider again what I really want the focus of my life to be. Because I enjoyed it so much, I read it way too quickly. This is ironic given a big theme of the book is to trust the slow work of God. I'm going to begin reading it again now, disciplining myself to only one chapter a week, because it offers such important guidance.
  • Dee
    I've read other books with the theme of simplicity, but I think this is my favorite. Definitely recommended as a guide to help make space for God in the midst of a chaotic world. It is true that possessions, activities (even good ones), worry, etc. can enslave us and keep us from truly enjoying life.
  • Dana Gisser
    I think I was expecting a book more about grace or something which is my fault for not paying closer attention. The book wasn't bad per se it just wasn't what I was looking for and only a couple pieces of it seemed relevant. I caught myself skimming a lot of times because I wanted to move on to more productive things. When I read Christian living type books I typically expect to be challenged but also brought closer to God or feel God in the book...
  • Rebekah Snyder
    This book is about simplicity, but I found it to be overwhelming. I would have much preferred each chapter focus on simplifying one aspect of life rather than give me all the options. Also, I feel like there is a very fine line between simplicity and legalism. I didn't understand the motives behind a lot of the experiments. Maybe I'm just not ready to tackle this project?
  • Julianne
    So, so wonderful.
  • Nancy DeValve
    The Songhai people have a proverb that says, "One foot can't follow two paths". This is the theme in Jan Johnson's book, Abundant Simplicity. She encourages us as believers to have a "single eye". What is my focus in life, my goal, my aim? If that aim is to live a life that is glorifying to God and treasuring a relationship with Him, then we need to live simply so we don't focus on all the stuff we have, on all the junk we need to take care of, o...
  • Chris
    Great read! It was refreshing to be reminded that simplicity (rather, living simply) is not something to strive for, but instead is a state of being/mind, in which we are living in true peace and with joy, clear-headed to enjoy our relationships and possessions. We are not controlled or dictated by our possessions, time, or other people -- rather we are living in true harmony and with contentment with what we have, who we are, and how we spend ou...
  • Hillaryunderwood
    It's not a profoundly deep book theologically, but it is such a good practical reminder that simplicity is where we thrive. From how we spend our money, time, and energy to what we choose to consume, it all has a spiritual, emotional, and social effect on us.
  • Elizabeth
    Read it!
  • Cara
    This book was to the point and very applicable. What I found most encouraging about the timing of this read, is that I've been on a journey of simplicity/contentment for the past 3-4 years and as each chapter came to a close, I could see just how much God has grown me in each of the ways the author spoke about.
  • April Lyn
    Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this book. I read this book as part of a women's study that my church was doing. And there were definitely chapters that I didn't like as much. The first couple chapters were slow, I didn't too much care for the one on leisure, and the last chapter (worry) seemed to be much more a recap of the book than an independent chapter on worry. That being said, however, this book truly changed my life.Chapter 7 was ...
  • Stacey
    I loved this book--it is one to contemplate and savor for a long time. Jan Johnson encourages us to live our lives to reflect what is most important--the love of Christ. I strongly recommend this book. She looks at simplicity from many angles--and many ways of growing in this discipline, There were many quotes from my favorite authors on this subject--and reiterated some of the principles of "Margin" and "The Discipline of Simplicity" but with fr...
  • Jeffrey Backlin
    A pretty simple concept really, life-giving living requires simplicity and not death bringing over accomplishment, chaos and drive. The author discusses distraction, intentionality, and then x6 spiritual disciplines in this vein. I picked this book up while studying psychology as it was recommended in this vein ... this book does not strike me as a psychological book, hence I was somewhat disappointed. However, the idea of authentic life giving f...
  • Angie Sullivan
    Amazing how much better I felt about myself, how much pressure and stress relief these simple truths gave me. One book I'll read over and over again. After reading it through, go back and read And reread those sections that offer the most help and guidance to a more peaceful, relaxed way of living.
  • Callie
    Perfectly describes the life I want to live. Simplicity, treasuring God, making time and space for real relationships. Not just going with the flow. This book is fantastic; I wrote down many things that I learned so I won't retype here, but I'll be recommending this for sure. Definite re-read at some point.
  • Denise
    A perfect read for me in the midst of my life as it stands. Each time I picked it up I felt renewed as I read. I always looked forward to reading more, yet the very rhythm encouraged more savoring than devouring. Words God has been speaking to me our echoed in every chapter: intentionality, rest, focus on Him above all.Absolutely loved this book!
  • Christine
    What an amazing, inspiring book. I recommend this to anyone who likes to read about self-improvement, changing habits and living a balanced life--with a little bit of spirituality tucked in for good measure.
  • Pam Thomas
    One of those books that is hard to read just once and devour all its truths. I loved how this author zeroed in on the aimless activities that can take over our lives, and focused the reader on those of worshiping God and loving others -- what life REALLY should be about.
  • Susan
    This book was just okay. It has a target audience that is limiting. There are some good suggestions to evaluate how simplicity is a part of how one could live, but I do wish there was more substance to it.
  • Jamie
    Amazing! Jan Johnson is practical s she invites us into a journey toward simplicity-- and a long journey it will be for many of us. I will undoubtedly read this book numerous times.
  • Walthea
    Gave me plenty of questions to journal and to think about regarding my life.
  • Leigh McLeroy
    I've enjoyed every book of Jan Johnson's I've read so far.
  • Dorena
    Makes you think about yourself and your actions on what is important in your life.
  • Pamela Strickland
    I really liked this book. It was more than just food for thought, it was a veritable (albeit simple) feast!
  • Kate
    Great book. Living simply as a spiritual discipline.
  • Jeanette
    Great reminders of how to not let today's culture of non-stop activities, consumerism, technology, etc take over your life, and how to make time for and space for Christ.
  • Deitra
    Loved the way Jan walked me through how appealing simplicity is and gave me practical steps to move in that direction without making it burdensome. I'm finding this to be a very freeing discipline!