Grace, Not Perfection
Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy
by Emily Ley
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Pub Date 11 Oct 2016 | Archive Date 14 May 2021
Thomas Nelson: GIFT, Thomas Nelson
Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace, Not Perfection, and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart.
As a busy wife, mother, and entrepreneur, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn't do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize her priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified® planner. By embracing grace, not perfection, you will discover how to:Simplify your life by simplifying three major areas: your space, your time, and your mindCreate effective to-do lists and get through them one step at a timeCenter your day around an intentionally slower rhythm of life with various strategies
Grace, Not Perfection is for:Moms, ages 25-50Mother's Day, National Best Friend Day, birthdays, and holiday gifts
Designed with Emily Ley's signature aesthetic, gorgeous photography, and a beautiful ribbon marker, this book gives women tangible ways to simplify their lives to give space to what matters most.
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Average rating from 81 members
Very uplifting book. Enjoyable to read and would be a perfect book for women of various religions. Nice gift to give.
This is a beautiful book - in its encouraging words and crisp layout. It is a mix of memoir, inspiration, and practical self-help written for moms, though I think women who don't have children could appreciate it as well. It certainly spoke to me. Grace not perfection. I love that. I need to put signs that say that everywhere I look.
Aesthetically beautiful, full of inspiration and realistic talk about the strains of managing the day-to-day, Grace, Not Perfection is a wonderful resource for people needing to organize their time with style and grace.
I really loved this book. It was helpful and insightful, but didn't come off preachy or redundant. I'm considering buying a physical copy for my bookshelf --something I don't do often!
A really lovely inspiring book, full of encouragement, loved it!
Great read that embraces grace over perfection and reiterating that perfection doesn't exist. This was a quick and easy read with a lot of great tips for women, especially those who are trying to figure out how to balance everything in their lives, but balance doesn't really exist either. She tells us that we need to give ourselves grace and be content with wherever we are in our lives during whatever season we are in. She also reminds us that life is made up of different seasons and each one won't last forever, so embrace it while you're in it. I know that is easier said than done, but still seems like good advice. She talks about so much stuff in this book from simplifying your time, space, and life, to following your calling whatever it may be. Definitely recommend for anyone interested in living a slower content simplified life, who wants to embrace real life and step away from chasing the fantasy of perfection.
At a point in my life where I have no energy to go on, no support, and no idea on what to do other than the basic robotic tasks in life, I desperately needed this book. It wasn't one I was expecting to read first but I decided to go with it and ended up getting a little bit back into my glass that day. Just one drop, but it was a start.
The words themselves are incredibly simple yet exactly what we all need. I can't tell you how nice it feels to even just read from a stranger that it is "OKAY". Literally, just okay. Things will go on and will get done in their own time. It is okay to not be superhuman, which is a struggle I'm sure we all have.
This book was meaningful on many levels because I happen to have a robotic co-worker who seems to be the epitome of "finishing everything in a flash", which really makes me feel inferior, incapable and undervalue for my own abilities and contributions. I don't know how to do for myself but continuously get told that I need to focus on me. Well?How?
The structure of the book was perfect for me, I'm just sad my copy is digital and I'll have to transpose this into something I can use. The writing prompts and lists in general is how my brain is wired: Do these 5 things, cross them off, feel satisfaction, know things are done, gather thoughts, let go, breathe.
The only real issue I have with this is that I'm not religious and I do not buy into "giving myself to God". Which is fine if the writer does but it almost became extremely preachy. It was off-putting. The amount of times it mentioned the Lord was enough to pull me out of the positive place I was starting to arrive at and to pull me back into... really?? land.
Thank you for the opportunity to read this book! I wish you all the success and I hope people find this as enriching as I did!
Emily is such a wonderful, inspiring person. Her book was magical. I've been following Emily for years now and I'm so amazed at what a wonderful job she did writing this book.
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