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Courtney Ellis is a pastor, speaker, and author of Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul, and Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents. A graduate of Wheaton College and Princeton Seminary, she lives in southern California with her husband, Daryl, and their three children.
Her bylines include Christianity Today, MOPS International, Fathom Mag, The Mighty, and (in)courage. She is a regular contributor to The Glorious Table and has been featured on Two Peas in a Podcast, Food and Faith, and The Ride Home with John and Kathy.
A regular speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), leadership retreats, college and teen events, Courtney is an engaging, hilarious, winsome, and thoughtful presence, whether on the stage, in the pulpit, or around the table.
Courtney grew up in northern Wisconsin where she and her two younger sisters figure skated in sequined leotards until they discovered ice hockey. She reads too much, can’t make herself enjoy yoga, and has seen more sunrises than she’d like (parenting has yet to turn her into a willing early riser!).
The proud owner of a $.29 goldfish she’s kept alive for over a year (a big accomplishment for someone who once killed a cactus by under-watering it), she’s never met a sour gummy treat she doesn’t like.
Suggested Questions for Uncluttered
“I felt like I was drowning even though on the surface our life was nothing but great. I had no complaints at all, yet I couldn’t breathe, struggled to sleep, and felt panicky nearly every second of every day. It didn’t make sense.”
- You start out by saying you felt overwhelmed all the time. Why?
- Why is giving up things often so hard?
- As you started to let go of unnecessary things, what changed for you?
- How did less stuff mean more freedom for you?
- What is decision fatigue and how do retailers use this to their advantage?
- Most of us feel some pleasure in the act of purchasing. How do we change this?
- You write, “I needed to get to the bottom of why I shopped for nonessential things.” What did you discover?
- When it comes to technology, how do we know what is helping and what is hurting us?
- You say the digital age has become an age of anxiety. How so?
- How do we use technology without allowing ourselves to be used by it in return?
- Explain what you mean by “yessing ourselves to death?”
- What did your professor at Oxford tell you to do that surprised you?
- You say, “No must flow from a larger, central yes.” What do you mean?
- You write, “We need a rescue from the swirling waters of busyness and stress and work.” What does Sabbath-keeping have to do with this?
- What does hospitality have to do with uncluttering our lives? How is it more of a heart issue than a house issue?
- What are some practical ways you have taught your kids to embrace godly simplicity?
- Why do you think that giving is most difficult when it’s personal?
- Is your journey to a clutter-free life ever completely over?
Recent & Upcoming Speaking Engagements
East Whittier Presbyterian Church: Uncluttered Talk & Book Signing – May 8, 2019
National Religious Broadcasters Association (Book Signing) – March 29, 2019
Rancho Santa Margarita MUMS Group: Uncluttered Talk & Book Signing – May 8, 2019
Woven Podcast: Uncluttered with Courtney Ellis – Feb. 26, 2019
More Than This Podcast: Chicks ‘n Church – Feb. 13, 2019
CXMH Podcast: Uncluttering Our Spaces, Our Schedules, and Our Lives – Feb. 4, 2019
Uncluttered Launch Party & Book Signing – Feb. 2, 2019
Two Peas in a Podcast – January 15, 2019
Food & Faith Podcast – January 14, 2019
Ken & Deb Mornings (Moody Radio) – January 8, 2019.
The Ride Home with John and Kathy – Dec. 4, 2018.