The Organized Heart: A Woman's Guide to Conquering Chaos by Staci Eastin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book does an excellent job in diagnosing idolatry as the major causes of disorganization. Mrs. Eastin develops four particular idolatrous behaviors or thought processes which keep women from organization: perfectionism, busyness, possessions, and leisure (although I think a better word could have been chosen here).
While extremely convicting and clear, her conversational tone and style, her willingness to recognize these factors in her own life, and her examples take the bitterness and defensiveness out of the reader's reaction to the admonition. Her chapter discussing God's mercy and grace toward those who have true limitations which make organization difficult was generous and kind.
I appreciate that while Mrs. Eastin is not trying to teach me a new system of cleaning or organization, she gives examples of how many families, including her own, approach different chores.
This book is quite short and, because of the style, can be read quickly. The reader could also spend a great deal of time considering each chapter. I think this will be a book that I read on a regular basis and recommend frequently.
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