I have to admit, when I first heard about Purge with Passion: Organizing Principles from a Christian Perspective, I was skeptical. First of all, I’m a dude. Were it not for my intensely organized wife, I would not value organization. But I was also skeptical from a theological perspective. I was afraid that this was going to be a book on organization with a few verses tacked on in an attempt to “Christianize” it. But I was happy to discover that Purse with Passion delivers, and I heartily recommend it to our readers.
Jodie Watson is a professional organizer. She is the organizing expert on TLC’s Real Simple, Real Life, the founder of Supreme Organization, and has been featured in InStyle and Real Simple magazines. In other words, Jodie knows about de-cluttering and getting organized.
But Jodie is even more unique in that she is a careful student of the Scripture, and views organization through the lens of her Christian worldview. Purge with Passion is not a handbook to organization decorated with out-of-context Bible verses. Jodie begins her discussion of organization in the right place: with the heart.
If your home is packed with too much stuff, you can always put your belongings in a closet or a storage container. But how long will that last? For Jodie, you have to begin your organizational journey by asking yourself why you’ve accumulated so much stuff. If your heart is set on the things of this world, then setting it all in good order will only help you so much. If you clean up your home but don’t deal with your heart, then what have you really accomplished?
But if you first deal with your heart, learning to see all of your possessions, all of your time, and all of your resources as gifts from God to be used for his glory, then you will begin to see your stuff in a different light. Suddenly, letting go becomes a lot easier. And having a clean home or workspace becomes more than a means of impressing your neighbors or coworkers. It becomes a way to free up your time, space, and assets to be used by God.
Jodie addresses the full range of human disorganization—your stuff, your finances, your time, your information, and even your inner world—and shows that each of these areas of life can and should be ordered according to God’s design and for his glory. Purge with Passion strikes a skillful balance between biblical interpretation, wise counseling, and practical tips to help you order your life.
Few would argue that modern America is not a materialistic society, generally speaking. We seem to be insatiable accumulators. If you see any hint of this impulse in your life, whether that accumulation and disorder is material, digital, or spiritual, Purge with Passion will help you understand why you have this tendency and how to reverse it.
I’m biased about this book, because Jodie is a friend of mine and a student at Eternity Bible College (we’re proud to say). But I can affirm that this book was helpful for me, and I’m sure it will be for you. I encourage you to take a look and prepare to purge!