So I read…a lot. And I often take notes on the books that speak to me, so I have a lot of notes. Sometimes it just some quotes, sometimes I’ll outline the entire book, sometimes I just jot down random notes. I don’t own most of these books as I get most of my books from the library; I stopped buying so many books about a year ago when I learned I could just save my money and fall back on the wonderful resource known as inter-library loan. By the way, I often have books from my book list linked to amazon so you can read the reviews, take a sneak peak at the contents, etc., but I still highly encourage you to find it in your library, local and independent bookseller or through the author’s website (which I always linked to if I could find it).
This book I loaned from the library and don’t have in my posession anymore, so I don’t have an outline, but these are the notes I jotted down. If they intrigue you, check the book out of your local library!
Simplicity Lessons: A 12-step guide to living simply by Linda Breen Pierce
As excerpted by the Simple Living Network:
“Simplicity Lessons is a practical guide for those who long for a slower pace of life with more time for relationships, fulfilling work, and living one’s dreams. Working on your own or as part of a simplicity study group, you will explore the major areas of your life: material possessions, money, time, work, housing, transportation, relationships, inner simplicity, health, community, and environmental sustainability. You will consider not only what simplicity looks like for you as an individual, but also what we can do to create a more simplicity-friendly society.
Simplicity Lessons is an ideal resource for college students and young adults, for people who are contemplating major changes in life, or for anyone who yearns to live more consciously and deliberately.”
Some thoughts espoused by the author:
- excessive work hours = runaway spending and we then feel trapped on an endless work/spend treadmill (or vicious cycle)
- “We are living the American dream gone amuck”
- personal freedom, enhanced relationships, a deeper spirituality and meaningful work need to replace the quest for ever-increasing wealth and status
- since when did ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness turn into exhaustion and spending excessively
- when societies experience prolonged bouts of excess, there comes a time when people yearn to return to a simpler life (like now!)
- simplicity is not about deprivation…it is about living with enough
This is one of those books that I kept shaking my head “yes!” as I read through and had difficulty putting down at the end of the night. To see more, check out: http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Lessons-12-Step-Living-Simply/dp/0967206790/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246850300&sr=1-2
She also co-authored a similar but equally impressive book titled: Choosing Simplicity: Real People finding peace and fufillment in a complex world. This book recounts people’s stories of how they slowed down their life and chose to live more simply. It was very inspirational and helped to springboard my interest in Simple Living. Because it gave personal stories, I didn’t take notes, but I would also recommend it highly. You can see more at: http://www.amazon.com/Choosing-Simplicity-Finding-Fulfillment-Complex/dp/0967206715/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246850300&sr=1-1
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