Item description for Make Room for God: Clearing Out the Clutter by Susan K. Rowland...
Overview "If you feel lost in our cultural wilderness, in clutter, collecting, consuming, working, worrying and waiting for something better, I wrote this book for you. I have been lost, too. God has shown me a way out. This book is a bit of bright orange paint pointing to the path toward home. Let's walk it together." From the Introduction
Publishers Description If you feel lost in our cultural wilderness, in clutter, collecting, consuming, working, worrying and waiting for something better, I wrote this book for you. I have been lost, too. God has shown me a way out. This book is a bit of bright orange paint pointing to the path toward home. Let's walk it together. --From the Introduction Susan Rowland shares with us her time- and experienced-tested methods that will help us simplify and unclutter our lives, and most importantly, our spirits. She tackles everything from how to let go of the extra stuff we just can't seem to live without to the feelings of discontent, disconnect, anger, jealousy, abandonment and bitterness that seem to equally possess us. In five comprehensive sections--Self-Care Without Clutter, An Environment Without Clutter, Productivity Without Clutter, A Spirit Without Clutter and A God Without Clutter--Rowland takes us on her own journey of self-discovery and self-simplifying. She reveals how she de-toxed from the societal pressure to do constantly and to have insatiably, and most importantly, how, in the process of letting go of so much "clutter," she became stronger, healthier and more spiritually cleansed--with plenty of room for God.
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Studio: St Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867167785 ISBN13 9780867167788
Availability 0 units.
More About Susan K. Rowland
SUSAN K. ROWLAND received her B.A. in pastoral ministry from Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. She was a reporter and feature writer for The Catholic Exponent, the diocesan newspaper for the Youngstown, Ohio, diocese. She is a freelance writer, speaker and adult catechist in Mesa, Arizona, and the proud mother of three sonsAnthony, Matthew and Michael. Make Room for God earned a second place Catholic Book Award for first-time author of a book from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada."
Reviews - What do customers think about Make Room for God: Clearing Out the Clutter?
informative May 19, 2008
This was an easy read. It has a lot of informative, good suggestions to make your life simpler and focused on what is most important.
disappointed Sep 19, 2007
I was disappointed in reading this book...actually I made it halfway through it and lost interest...I thought it would deal more practically with everyday decluttering..of course with spiritual overtones..but it didn't really hit upon the decluttering in full force..perhaps I'll read the 2nd half..perhaps not.
Journey Out of Depression Apr 30, 2007
In the year 2000, the author found herself alone and deeply depressed, her life "collapsing under the clutter." The self-help books she consulted were of some use, but missing the element of faith. Over time, with the help of friends, a spiritual director, and a Christian psychologist she was able to change her perspective about the meaning of life. In Make Room for God, Rowland shares the lessons she learned as God led her out of the clutter. "This book is a bit of bright orange paint pointing toward the path home," she writes.
She encourages us to approach the lessons as a journey, beginning with an overall read, then returning to topics of special interest, spending up to 40 days on each. She urges patience with self and God, making small changes, and celebrating accomplishments.
The book is formatted in nineteen chapters divided into five sections on getting rid of clutter in relation to (1) self-care, (2) our environment, (3) productivity, (4) our spirit, and (5) our relationship with God. Most chapters close with suggested activities. For example, Kicking the Worry Habit includes directions for making a "God jar" to hold little notes about worries we are handing over to God. The creativity exercise is a list of ten simple things we could do now to release more creativity in our lives. To get the juices flowing, Rowland provides a dozen or so ideas such as repotting a plant, writing a letter by hand, and making soup.