A Cluttered Life is about finding oneself among chaos. The author, Pesi Dinnerstein, is a 50-year-old woman that finally realizes that she is disorganized and out of touch with herself. She decides, with the help of her friends (the Holy Sisters), that she needs a major life change to become more efficient, happy and balanced. She believes that she can get her life back on track by eliminating the clutter in her home and car. Dinnerstein finds a new relationship with God in the mix; her real life exploits on the way to overcoming the clutter make for an interesting story.
Our state of mind is either cluttered or not, and so is our spiritual being. Dinnerstein goes on a spiritual quest and struggles with staying present and truly enjoying her life. She learns as we all do that trying to live is actually living itself. And we can take away from the book that “finding yourself” is never easy but always satisfying – especially when we know that there are no wrong answers.
A Cluttered Life was interesting because I could relate to Dinnerstein’s sincere attempts to find a better balance. What I liked about her personality was that she did not give the impression that what she was doing had to be perfect or that there was only one way of being. Her journey seemed authentic and you saw her personality shining through each epiphany that she had regarding where her life should go (in relation to where it was).
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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