By Chip Ingram
Howard Books, $19.99, 192 pages
In today’s life, people often feel overwhelmed by and concerned about many responsibilities: work, family, and children. While struggling to find ways to do their duties well, people become anxious, exhausted, and dissatisfied. Moreover, we think that we can reach a better life by doing more, working harder, and obtaining more valuable material things; however, those things don’t bring happiness. In competition with each other, people fill their lives with arrogance, envy, anger, and unhealthy desires. Pastor Chip Ingram, in his book Spiritual Simplicity: Doing Less, Loving More, argues with such an approach to life. He calls each of us to be kind, patient, and forgiving, and discusses ways of reaching that. He is convinced that the way to a more satisfied life lies in love, and it starts with acceptance of God’s love for you.
“The fulfillment we seek in so many ways can only be found when we slow down, refocus, and decide to simply love.”
Each of us is unique, and God loves everyone regardless of our differences and material success. Although acceptance of God’s love probably wouldn’t make your life easier, it will make your life more meaningful spiritually. So, take it easy, be simple: make love your #1 priority. Receiving and sharing love with other people will bring you unspoiled joy and happiness.
Reviewed by Galina Roizman