ICCA is pleased to keep you updated with the newest Christian Coaching resources available. We are especially pleased to promote our members who are making a positive difference in the world for Jesus Christ. Learn how to transform every area of your life with the help of DECLUTTER NOW! UNCOVERING THE HIDDEN JOY AND FREEDOM IN YOUR LIFE, a comprehensive guide to helping you declutter your heart, mind, body, soul and home by Christian Coaches Lindon & Sherry Gareis available in bookstores and on Amazon.com on September 14th! Here are some key concepts from their newest book…
Negative clutter can invade every area of your life—not just your closets. Relationships, finances, kids, jobs, health and spiritual wellbeing are all adversely impacted by the unnecessary and harmful stuff we accumulate and hold onto. That could be physical junk or emotional baggage. We know this from firsthand experience. Clutter gripped our lives and held us back from the freedom to enjoy what we really felt called to, ministry.
Through Declutter Now! we encourage readers to declutter every area of life: heart, mind, body, soul and home. We find false security in our stuff. We keep company with the wrong people for the wrong reasons. We hold on to negative and painful feelings. Think about all of the unnecessary things we gather from these behaviors and choices—stagnant lifestyles, needless and excessive material possessions, financial debt, obligation, guilt, extra weight, anger, hurt, discontentment, addictions; the list is endless. We help the reader let go of those negative influences that impact our quality of life and our relationship with God. Since decluttering removes what you don’t need and gives you more of what you do, it only makes sense your spiritual journey will benefit too.
In today’s society, more is touted as better, and it can be difficult to cut through all the excess and uncover what really matters, but through helpful tips, encouragement, humor, and personal stories, we provide a much needed hand. With each chapter covering a different area of your life, there’s something for everyone. Declutter Now! and enjoy more time, energy, freedom, finances, and joy in your life and in your ability to serve God.
Declutter Now! as a Coaching Tool
Declutter Now! will be a valuable part of your coaching toolbox. Our book provides the perfect opportunity for coaches to address the clutter in their clients’ lives with easy springboards for interactive conversation and evaluation. There are also many ideal scenarios for creating action plans (road mapping). It’s very much designed around the coaching principle of getting someone from ‘where they are to where they want to be.’ Declutter Now!, largely autobiographical, engages the reader with friendly, conversational writing, insight to gain awareness for areas that need decluttering, inspiration, practical tips for getting started, and scripture references throughout to support the biblical truths shared.
We began writing in September 2009 but had no idea what God’s overall plan entailed. The only certainty was that he was directing us to share our passion for decluttering through Declutter Now! After almost 2 ½ years of work, we were blessed with an opportunity to publish our book with Ambassador International.
While working through the book editing process, it was placed on their hearts to begin a ministry as a means to provide resources and services to our readers; hence Action Plan Ministries, LLC was born. Our goal is to impact everyday living with positive, practical and purposeful advice.
Shortly thereafter, while reviewing Declutter Now!’s manuscript, a trusted mentor recommended that we take Christian Life Coaching classes at Light University Online and become certified coaches. We checked out the program of study and signed up immediately. As one course led to the next, the perfect fit between our interests, desires and life coaching was absolutely undeniable. We enjoyed each and every course, gleaned from the instructors, and are now equipped with the tools necessary to launch our life coaching practice. We look forward to expanding our toolbox and furthering our education by taking more courses from LightU in the future.
Each step of the way, relying solely on faith, decisions were made that have led to the most spiritually uplifting journey imaginable. Looking back, it’s clear that God’s orchestration was hard at work from the very beginning, even though we were initially unaware how each piece would fit together or what the big picture would look like. We have no idea what else God has in store for us, but we trust in him completely to guide our path and simply pray to be used each and every day to serve him abundantly.
About the Authors –
Husband and wife Lindon and Sherry Gareis, are authors of Declutter Now! Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life (Ambassador International; August 2012; $13.99, paperback) The Gareises are small group leaders from Glendale, AZ, and have a blended family of three sons and one daughter. In their spare time you will find them writing, boating, hiking, gardening, or hosting a family barbeque. They love being outdoors, love being together, and are committed to a lifelong honeymoon…
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