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Best-selling Navigator author Cynthia Heald helps you discover a God-centered life in the midst of a chaotic world.
In a culture that pulls women in multiple directions at once, is it possible to adjust priorities, reexamine your time management, and reduce your busyness in exchange for what is truly important--becoming like Jesus?
Written by Navigator author and Bible teacher Cynthia Heald, Becoming a Woman of Simplicity is a topical Bible study that delves into Scripture to offer practical, real-life counsel on rest and stress to women.
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We are about half way throught this study with our small group and everyone is thoroughly enjoying it. The content is excellent. The weekly reading and questions require no more 2 hours to complete, which works well for our group. I would absolutely recommend the DVD series that goes with this. The DVD's have so much depth to them,the concepts Cynthia presents are memorable and lasting. You are really missing out if you don't have the DVD's.
10/10/2012 7:40:40 AM
Kindle version suggestion
Love this book. This is more of a suggestion review. I purchased the kindle version. I wish there was some way you could print off the study questions to put in a binder for study time.
9/19/2011 4:56:50 PM
Become a Woman of Simplicity
Becoming a Woman of Simplicity by Cynthia Heald is a comprehensive Bible study that can lead you to your heart’s desire of simplicity. The author of numerous Bible studies, Cynthia Heald is the author of the series Becoming a Woman of… with titles such as Becoming a Woman of Prayer and Becoming a Woman of Faith. In this age of doing and having more, a life of simplicity seems like an impossible dream. It really is not impossible, though.
As Heald states on Page 15, “The purpose of this study is not to show you how to downsize, declutter, or say no to everything. The purpose is to encourage you to live the life that God has planned for you.” With chapters titles such as “Profound Simplicity” and “The Freedom of Abandonment” this book is an in-depth Bible study that should appeal to all women.
Becoming a Woman of Simplicity isn’t about doing nothing, but simply doing all things with God’s timing and living in God’s peace. For example, on page 30 Heald confesses that she once left her own children at a babysitter in order to go read to other children at a Head Start Center. Heald admits she had only wanted to do “good” things, but on that day God convicted her that the priorities of her time and her family were wrong. Doing the same things but waiting for God’s timing might seem like a subtle distinction, but as Heald teaches, waiting for God can make all the difference towards a life of simplicity.
This book would make a wonderful personal devotional but could also work well as a study book for a Women’s Bible group. Each chapter is Bible-study intensive with dozens of Bible verses to research as well as personal thought-provoking questions to answer.
If you feel your life is spinning wildly because you are focused on doing things that seem like the right thing to do, Becoming a Woman of Simplicity can help you stop. Allow yourself the grace and time enough to listen for God’s direction for your life in order to live a life of peace and simplicity.
I received this book complimentary from NavPress in exchange for an honest review, but the opinions are all mine.
1/17/2011 7:49:05 AM
Led my spirit to rest.
I have been going through this Bible study over the last few weeks. Every time I opened the pages, it was as rest immediately entered my spirit. Each pages engages you in Scripture. It isn't a lot of commentary. Cynthia has carefully brought together God's word to answer questions and point to God's desires for us on specific subjects.
Cynthia's simple study guide to returning to simplicity is masterful. I felt myself release and surrender things to the Lord with each page. I have realized more and more the trappings of being busy in church and "for the Lord." God doesn't need us to stress ourselves out to do His will. It is meant to be fluid and natural. This book has aided me in the direction I should be going. I highly recommend it.
12/5/2010 1:19:50 PM
A much-needed Bible study series
I am a woman who enjoys writing down my prayers and thoughts in a journal. I get most inspired when I get my hands on a book that requires me to reflect on different parts of Scripture and write down what God is telling me.
I recently had the chance to go through the book "Becoming a Woman of Simplicity" by Cynthia Heald. The Bible verse on its cover spoke directly to me:
"I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." - 2 Corinthians 11:3
Reading this verse affirmed something in my heart that Jesus loves pure, uncluttered devotion. I knew that there is real danger for me to complicate this relationship by committing myself to a lot of spirit-building activities. There is nothing wrong with that, but I should not lose my focus on what really, truly matters to Him.
I found delight in getting up early in the morning, brewing a hot cup of coffee and with two books (this one and the Bible) and a pen. Every day, I read one chapter of this Bible study and it pointed me to relevant Scripture for me to chew on.
If you believe that you are a woman who needs to detox herself from all the activities that life demands, "Becoming a Woman of Simplicity" is a terrific book to lead you on a journey that will help you determine what is truly important in expressing your love for Christ.
I concluded this study realizing that living a life of simplicity is not merely a choice I can make, but it is necessary in moving forward in my relationship with Him.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
12/3/2010 11:14:19 AM
Becoming a Woman of Simplicity
Careers, spouses, children, volunteerism and chores are just a few of the urgencies that women face. Cynthia Heald’s Becoming a Woman of Simplicity (2009) teaches women how to de-clutter their lives and reduce unnecessary distractions. Each chapter of this eleven-week Bible study follows a strict pattern. She opens each chapter with a scripture, quotation from a Christian writer and anecdote from Heald’s life or someone close. She then directs readers to different Biblical passages and provides discussion questions. Finally, she ends with a “thoughts from an older woman section” and a suggested verse to remember. Heald’s bible study can be used in groups or by individuals.
Giving the recent technology developments that place computers, smart phones, and other devices constantly within our grasps, Heald’s claim that simplicity outranks multitasking seems outdated at first glance. Heald, however, clearly explains that our ever-present goal in life should be to get closer to God. To do this, we must ensure that we make the most efficient and best use of our time. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to discern between a good use of our time and the best use of our time. For example, Heald experienced this when she enrolled her children in daycare so that she could take the time to read to orphan children. Heald thought she has doing the best thing with her time until God explained to her that she should be at home with her own children.
Becoming a Woman of Simplicity is a great book for someone who feels overwhelmed by their daily responsibilities. Heald proves that it is still possible to live a simple life even in a technology-driven world. Although directed to women, men will also be able to profit from this book. I highly recommend this book as a method to overcome stress.
11/26/2010 11:08:17 PM
This book is a treasure chest of verses and ideas and thoughts that can guide a person to become more focused on things that are important to God.
We live in a world where doing several things at one time is common and it's good to get back to what is really life sustaining. As I worked though this Bible study it became very clear to me that certain attitudes are more important to God than all the projects and programs that might fill a person's time - even if they are the best projects in the world.
Some thoughts that Cynthia Heald expressed were:
The pursuit of Holiness is more important than busyness.
We should feel comfortable doing one thing at a time and doing it well.
Sometimes busyness is just a way to avoid being alone with God and listening to His voice and letting Him examine our hearts.
The portions of scripture that were selected for this study are convicting and useful of examination of a reader's heart.
I'm wishing that I could give a higher score than 5 stars. I have been blessed by working through this Bible study.
*I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogging 4 Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
11/13/2010 9:53:17 PM
Cynthia Heald has written multiple Bible Studies including her “Becoming a Woman of…” series that are widely known to Christian women’s community. I had the pleasure of reviewing “Becoming a Woman of Simplicity.” Her studies are written so that they can be used in individual or group settings for women Each chapter begins with a scripture and an explanation of the topic, followed by questions regarding specific scriptures and how they apply to daily life. Each chapter ends with thoughts from an older woman, a reflection, and a scripture memory verse. As designed it could be completed in 11 weekly sessions, taking one chapter each week. From other sources, I have learned that all her studies in this series are 11 chapters long.
I think that any woman could benefit from this study as it addresses the busyness and chaos in our lives that we allow to distract and pull us away from our time with God. The author defines simplicity as living a life with God in control and spending time with him on a regular basis. The author has been well known as a Christian speaker and writer speaking at women’s engagements around the country.
I was supplied a free copy of this book from Navpress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I express are my own.
10/27/2010 4:27:23 PM
"Living Simply as Becoming a Woman of Simplicity"
“Becoming A Woman Of Simplicity”
This book will teach you how to live the much simpler life as the “Godly woman” that the Lord intended! It will show you, that you can live both the life of simple, and at the same time, multi-task while reducing unnecessary distractions, and decluttering that calendar of the things that really aren’t that important or never really get done anyways! The author teach will teach you that not only is this all “possible”, but to truly live happily, it is “vital”!
One of the main things that I loved throughout the book was the “Scripture Memory” at the end of the chapters; that is so important in our day to day living, as it builds one up, and lifts one’s spirit to have that word embedded in our hearts! I also found the different workbook sections at the end of the chapters, such as “Choosing the Best” very nicely done.
This book is a perfect Bible study for a “Women’s” group, or even for individual study. The author uses scripture, while giving “real life” advice, so that you, as a “Godly woman”, can live with the “freedom” and “confidence” that the Lord truly desires for you. After reading this book, you will have gained not only that “confidence” and “freedom”, but also a much closer walk with Him.
Disclosure of material connection: I received this book free from Nav Press Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
10/20/2010 8:21:10 PM
Becoming a Woman of Simplicity, written by Cynthia Heald is the second of her devotional books for women that I have had the pleasure to review. As a mother to young children, I was grateful for the assurance that this godly mentor provided through her book to me, in that she esteemed this “simple though lonely” time in my life where I am able to love on my husband and children without the pressure of ministry or outside work commitments. That it is okay for me to have them as my focus and keep my heart before the Lord through personal times of devotion and quietness, even in my calendar isn’t full with things other than laundry, dirty diapers, dishes and dinner, and doctor appointments.
This devotional would be appropriate for a woman of any age, and can be completed either in one’s own personal time or during times of fellowship with others as you work through it together. Each of the eleven chapters include “Words From an Older Woman” (based off of the command for the older women to train the younger), Scripture verses for meditation and further insight, questions and suggestions for applications and reflection, suggested memory passages, and applicable quotes from other Christian authors. I enjoyed this book and will definitely be going through the devotional again as the truths and concepts are essential yet ones I can so quickly forget when life is busy or I’m feeling lost in obscurity.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
10/11/2010 11:42:37 AM
I moderated a group of 16 women ranging in age from 35 to 75. We worked through this study together chapter by chapter, verse by verse. It touched each of us in ways we never imagined. For me, personally, it challenged me to get back to the basics in my walk with God. Every woman in the group commented on how this study had a profound impact on their lives. One lady commented that she felt it was life changing. The questions are insightful and lend themselves to wonderful discussion and we all loved the quotes and Cynthia's commenets at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book for women of all ages. It is appropriate for individual study and for small groups.
10/5/2010 9:42:31 AM
Back to the Basics
If you walk into any book store you will find shelf after shelf of modern day cures for the overwhelmed and frazzled superwoman, the so called Christian Book Store is no exception. These cures are just a band aid, they only temporarily cover up the superficial wounds of running around with too much to do and no purpose for doing it. Becoming a Woman of Simplicity isn’t a superficial band aid. The author really gets to the core of the issue, the lack of being simply and purely devoted to Christ. While other books will encourage you to take more “me time” or hire a professional life coach or trainer, you won’t find those lies here.
Cynthia Heald cuts out all of the “psychology this” and “feelings that” and leads you through an in-depth and thorough bible study filled with the truth, the scriptures and her own thoughts written in an encouraging “Titus 2” format.
This book fits right along with cutting out the crud and getting down to what really matters, what actually counts in life, and that is right up my alley.
If you have ever felt like the pressures of life are suffocating you, this book will get you going in the right direction and reveal the simple truths needed to get you back to breathing.
I really enjoyed this book and I hope to complete it as a study with other women.
10/26/2009 7:41:22 PM
A simply profound study of what it means to live a God-paced life...
Best selling author Cynthia Heald’s newest book “Becoming a Woman of Simplicity” seeks to answer questions that often plague the human mind. “Can life in this multitasking, instantaneous, technologically driven age be tamed? Is it possible to live unpretentiously in a world that clamours for constant conversation? In other words is it possible to live simply?”
To all of these questions Heald resoundingly answers “yes.” With the grace of a seasoned learner she goes on to “unpack”, over the course of 11 chapters/lessons, how to become more simplistic. She explains that true simplicity comes from within.
We cannot change the pace of this world but we can change the way in which we respond to it. Instead of continuing to multi-task Heald explains the importance of becoming single-minded. When we become wholly focused on Christ and develop a God-paced life we often find essentials that are missing from our driven world. Things like: gentleness, quietness, rest, contentment, and peace.
Using quotes from powerful voices of the past and present, personal experience, and practical application each chapter of this book brings the reader further toward their quest for peace and rest. The insights shared in the form of “thoughts from an older woman” drip with wisdom from the heart of someone who has already made the journey.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is perfect for individual or small group study. Those who choose to follow it closely may very well find it to be one of the most transformational books of their lives.
9/29/2009 11:33:41 PM
Wonderful Book for Busy Women
The Bible verse on the front of Becoming a Woman of Simplicity is 2 Corinthians 11:3. It says, "I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." As I read, I realized that was what was happening in my life. None of the things my family and I were doing were sinful things, but we were trying to do so many things that we were too busy to remain devoted Christians and to spend the time with God and with our own family that I think God would have us spend.
The first chapter of the book is called "Profound Simplicity." It explains that, while it is ok to simplify our lives in order to be less busy and more organized, the main reason to simplify our lives should be to eliminate hindrances to the time we devote to knowing God. We don't have to work to be loved by God. We don't have to earn His acceptance of us. In order to build a relationship with Him, though, we do have to spend time with Him! If our schedules are so busy that we can't do that, then our schedules are just plain too busy.
Later in the book the beauty of simplicity is discussed. 1 Peter 3:3-4 says, "Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewlery, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." When our goal becomes that of focusing on living simply and in devotion to Christ, we can begin to be the quiet, peaceful, gentle person that God wants us to be. Another advantage to living our lives devoted to God and what He wants us to do each day is that, when things go "wrong," we can begin to see that it was actually a part of God's plan for us that day.
If you find yourself in need of a little "simplifying," this is a great book to read! It is encouraging and practical and interesting to read. It is actually written as a Bible study, but it can be read as a "regular" book like I did. I do, however, plan to go back through it as a Bible study to help me remember and implement what I learned as I read it through the first time.
9/10/2009 8:59:57 PM