Book Review: Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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Great quote:  "Tidying is just a tool, not the final destination. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house has been put in order." (Page 21)

Book summary:  "This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing." (Amazon)

My thoughts:  I'm a bit of an organizing freak. Yes, I eagerly volunteer to help friends and family clear out their garages.  I truly love an organized space. Likewise, I have embarked on an extensive plan to downsize my family's life in order to bring more joy, peace and happiness into our home.  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to review The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Written by a famous organizational expert who hails from Japan, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a smart and efficient book that explores the how and why of finally organizing one's life for good. 


Book Review: Citizen by Rob Pearson

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Great quote:  "The true beauty comes when you find yourself in the middle of your daily activities or conversations and simultaneously listening to the Spirit and taking your cues from above. It is in this dance with God between citizen and Spirit that the real joy is found...where you begin to let go, and He begins to lead." (page 144)

Book summary:  A call to action for comfortable Christians to begin leading bold lives and taking risks dedicated to Jesus.

My thoughts:  Rob Peabody was a young pastor of a megachurch in Texas when he felt a calling to move to London, England. He and his family now live in the United Kingdom and Rob heads up a ministry called the Awaken Movement. Awaken is dedicated to raising up a generation of believers in the United Kingdom, a society that Peabody sees as becoming increasing unchurched and non-religious.

Book Focus: The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

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Great quote:   "The Lord wants us to belong to a Church that knows how to open her arms and welcome everyone, that is not a house for the few, but a house for everyone, where all can be renewed, transformed, sanctified by his love - the strongest and the weakest, sinners, the indifferent, those who feel discouraged and lost." (Page 31)

Book summary:   This accessible book gives Catholics and non-Catholics the opportunity to read, study and meditate on the leadership and teachings of this very modern pope. It is a collection of Pope Francis' speeches, homilies and other general addresses that he has given over the years. 

Book Review: When We Were On Fire by Addie Zierman

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Great quote:  "...if you had allowed yourself to be hurt the usual ways that teenaged boys hurt teenage girls instead of falling so nobly on the sword of the Spirit, a constant sacrifice, dying again and again to your own desires, then maybe it would not have gone like this." (Page 76)

Book summary:  "When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. Addie looks for what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping. It’s a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church." (Convergent Press)

My thoughts:   As a teen, Zierman was a "sold-out" Christian, as it is commonly called. She lived within the confines of a christian-esque culture. In her teenage heart, she believed she was living the life God had planned for her. As she matured and entered into her 20s, she realized the BIG wide world had a LOT to offer. For Zierman, this led to a time spent in a vicious downward spiral of drinking and general self-destructive habits. It is only after hitting the proverbial rock=bottom that Zierman's life begins to come together in a positive way and she decides to return to the church on her own terms. 

Book Review: Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg

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Great quote:  "The Kampong Glam Palace was surrounded by trees, and army of friends: mahogany trees, acacia trees, a yellow flame tree, kapoks, and, right outside my own window, a red-leaved pulai tree. The sound I associated most with home was the sound of rain splattering through leaves.
Nei-Nei Down had raised me to believe it was not good to love anything too much."  (Page 42)

Book summary:  A coming-of-age story set against the turbulent backdrop of 1920s Singapore.

My thoughts:  Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg is a wonderful story that transports the readers to a beautifully exotic locale in a time that has long passed away. At the heart of the book is Kampong Glam Palace, Agnes Hussein's very own Moonlight Palace. Kampong Glam Palace is a relic of a bygone age, filled with lavish furnishings that are showing serious signs of wear. Agnes' family is cash-poor, forced to take in boarders of various nationalities and beliefs in order to make ends meet.