Friday, May 11, 2012

Unstuff: Making Room in Your Life for What Really Matters -- Book Review

Unstuff: Making Room in Your Life for What Really Matters

Hayley and Michael DiMarco, co-authors of Unstuff: Making Room in Your Life for What Really Matters, are your typical young American couple. They are consumers in a consumer-driven economy; yet, their hearts are tugged with guilt when they see the plight of others less fortunate who are genuinely in need.

In a test of faith, the DiMarcos, along with their then three-year-old daughter, Maddy, downsized all their earthly belongings into a 200-square-foot motor home for a three-month excursion to film a documentary featuring firsthand stories of homeless people. In their book, the authors set forth their adventure of learning what it truly means to "unstuff" a life for the glory of God.

The DiMarcos' experiences help lead readers to analyze their own hearts concerning the stuff of life. According to the authors, their definition of "stuff" includes anything which demands the time, attention, and full devotion of the person in place of God. This not only includes concrete things, but also things like relationships, health, and even religion.

After listing eleven compelling reasons to unstuff, Hayley and Michael carefully explain practical and biblical ways to go about it in the key areas of finances, the thought life, health, love, and worship, with follow up advice for avoiding future "stuffing" temptations.

The book itself is laid out in magazine style with diary entries, personal testimonials from both authors, boxes with thought-provoking questions and tests, and little inspirational "tweets" of encouragement in Twitter fashion. It is upbeat, fast paced, and easy to digest for anyone from early teens to adult. However, since the book seems to be written primarily to a younger audience, it would, in fact, make a perfect gift for someone graduating from high school or college or just getting married and establishing a first home.

There is just so much to glean from this little 169-page volume filled to the brim with sound wisdom concerning "stuff" management, all based solidly on Scripture.