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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the “too muchness” of it all? Realizing that piles of possessions, an overfilled calendar, and digital addictions threatened not only my happiness but my very soul, Uncluttered chronicles my pursuit of a radical idea: what if less really is more?

If you’ve ever desired a simpler life, one filled with love, laughter, friendship, and worship rather than overflowing closets and overfilled hours, look no further.

Uncluttered is available now from Amazon, Christian Book, or wherever books are sold. You can read the first chapter here.

Praise for Uncluttered

“Peace. Less. Still. Enough. Simple. Clear. Rested. Read Uncluttered.” –John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I’d Like You More if You Were More Like Me

“The key to healthy, sustainable, contagious faith is our commitment to living simpler, quieter, more uncluttered lives. This is the urgent and soul-nourishing message of Uncluttered.” –Brett McCracken, senior editor at The Gospel Coalition

“With disarming candor, sly humor and the empathy of the pastor and spiritual counselor that she is, Courtney Ellis has given us a gift.” –Tod Bolsinger, Vice President & Chief of Leadership Formation, Fuller Seminary

“In Uncluttered Courtney Ellis does what our productivity-obsessed culture tells us is impossible: unplugs from the unnecessary demands of life and plugs in to God and relationships that matter.” –Nicole Caldwell-Gross, Pastor at St.Luke’s (UMC)

“A practical and profound work, tailor-made for this era of noise and busyness.” –Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, author of Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur 

“Uncluttered is somehow raw, relatable and hilarious, all at the same time.” –Cara Meredith, author of The Color of Life: A White Woman’s Journey Toward Love and Justice

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Coming This June…

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Preorder now at Amazon or Christian Book.

Recent Articles


“The Case for an Early Christmas” – Christianity Today, 2018

What if Advent and Christmas didn’t have to be so separate?

“Seen, Heard, and Understood” – (in)courage, 2018

Heartening lessons from the one who went before us.

“Send in the Clowns” – Fathom Mag, 2018

It was her funeral, but was I more concerned with her propriety or my own?

“10 Breastfeeding Wardrobe Hacks” – MOPS International, 2018

How to feed the baby (in style!) without breaking the bank.

“Always Just Enough” – The Glorious Table, 2018

Finding the secret of contentment with a little help from The Greatest Showman.

“Tough and Lasting Kindness” – The Glorious Table, 2018

Childbirth, pain, anguish, and strength.

Quoted in “The Pay Gap is Worst for Pastor-Moms” – Christianity Today, 2017

“Ministry is a Team Sport” – Christianity Today, 2016

Because working for the Lord is never a zero-sum game.

“The Messy Drama and Trauma of New Life” – Christianity Today, 2016

“The body of Christ, broken for you” never made as much sense to me as it did after childbirth.

“10 Things Not to Say to a Postpartum Mom” – The Huffington Post, 2016

I mean, seriously.

“10 Foolproof Ways to Get Your Baby to Sleep” – The Huffington Post, 2016

A little laughter never hurts.

“10 Things Funerals Have Taught this Pastor” – The Mighty, 2016

Grief, mourning, and the particularities of lament.

“How Breastfeeding Brought Me Closer to God” – Christianity Today, 2013

Not everything needs to be hurried.

Top Blog Posts


I Hold You in My Heart, February 2016

What happens when a pastor leaves a church?

What Side Are You On? * 10 Minute Devotional, January 2017

Standing on the rock in divisive times.

10 Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman, April 2016

Because, come ON, people!

10 Things Not to Say to a Postpartum Mom, June 2016

Remember the Thumper rule.

5 Things to Avoid in Your Blog Bio, April 2017

Please don’t tell me you like coffee.

10 Tips for Camping with Kids, May 2017

They’re gonna eat some dirt. The sooner you make your peace with that, the better.

The Ache of Marriage, January 2017

Because it isn’t all a honeymoon.

10 Signs You’re an Introvert, June 2017

If you need me, I’ll be in my house with my books.

10 Things No One Tells You About Breastfeeding, August 2016

Apparently turning into a human fountain is part of the deal?

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