Spiritual Simplicity

Doing Less, Loving More

Spiritual Simplicity

Pastor Chip Ingram shows that the answer to our culture’s craving for simplicity and peace lies not simply in doing less but in loving more.

Changing “Love” from a Noun to a Verb

In our frantically driven, complex lifestyle, we suffer from fatigue, little margin, shallow relationships, and fractured families. As a result of this driven lifestyle, our souls are dis-eased—they have a lack of ease. This highly practical, comforting book maintains that it is possible to run the race at a different, more meaningful speed. Not only is it possible; it’s absolutely necessary.

The key to simplifying life, Chip Ingram says, is to make sure love is your #1 priority. Love redirects our focus and unravels the complex, overextended lifestyle that keeps us ever running but never arriving. In Spiritual Simplicity, Ingram explains how to change our love from a noun to a verb and choose to concentrate on what really matters: the people we love the most.

Each chapter ends with probing questions to help you process, ponder, and discuss the life-giving principles laid out in this desperately needed book.


 If you crave simplicity, yearn for peace and calm, this book is for you. Through biblical teaching and practical insights, author Chip Ingram goes beyond so-called quick fixes and speaks to men and women who know what they need to do, want desperately to do it, but find it next to impossible to break free of the too many good and important things that flood their lives.

The thesis of this book is very simple: Spiritual simplicity will never be achieved by strategic, managerial attempts to control our lives and schedules but through doing less because we love more. As you learn the practice of loving people, you will experience a shift from complex to simple, from hurried to peaceful, from “never enough time” to “time enough for those you love.” Lasting change is within your reach.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439138274 | 
  • January 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Spiritual Simplicity: Doing Less, Loving More includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Chip Ingram. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


The promise that technology would simplify our lives is now a humorous thought. The demands on our time and energy seem relentless with the constant accessibility of cell phones, e-mail and Twitter. Busyness is the disease of our time. In his book, Spiritual Simplicity: Doing Less, Loving More, Chip Ingram prescribes a path that will lead us away from this wilderness of over-stimulation and stress toward flourishing lives of simplicity and peace. A “must-read” for anyone who feels stuck in the rat race but who longs for a different way to live.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘simplicity’? How would you define it? What feelings do you have when you think of moving toward simplicity in your life? What would you like to simplify?
2. According to the author, how does your definition of success help or hinder the s see more

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About the Author

Chip Ingram

Chip Ingram is senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and the president and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. He is the author of ten books, including Good to Great in God’s Eyes; Love, Sex & Lasting Relationships; and The Invisible War. He has four children and six grandchildren with his wife Theresa.