Look Inside. Simple living is not about austerity, or frugality, or income level. Simple living is about designing our lives to coincide with our ideals. Janet Luhrs, the nationally recognized founder and editor of the Simple Living Journal, brings together strategies, inspiration, resources, and real-life profiles of people who have slowed down, overcome obstacles, and created richer lives. Discover Simple Living approaches to: money, work, holidays, cooking and nutrition, health and exercise, clutter, gardening, travel, and more! Janet Luhrs gave up a law career to practice voluntary simplicity, and she is now a journalist and the editor and publisher of Simple Living: The Journal of Voluntary Simplicity.
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Return to Book Page. Whether you are looking at small solutions for cutting down the stress in your life or taking the big leap toward the simpler life, this book can be your guide. Janet Luhrs, the nationally recognized founder and editor of the Simple Living Journal, brings together strategies, inspiration, resources, and real-life profiles of people who have slowed down, overcome obstacles Whether you are looking at small solutions for cutting down the stress in your life or taking the big leap toward the simpler life, this book can be your guide.
Janet Luhrs, the nationally recognized founder and editor of the Simple Living Journal, brings together strategies, inspiration, resources, and real-life profiles of people who have slowed down, overcome obstacles, and created richer lives.
As Janet Luhrs says, "Simple living is about living deliberately. Simple living is not about austerity, or frugality, or income level. It's about being fully aware of why you are living your particular life, and knowing that life is one you have chosen thoughtfully. Simple living is about designing our lives to coincide with our ideals.
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Jul 31, Kati rated it it was ok. It's a good warning of what you're going to get into. Despite its length, this book is surprisingly low on useful content. A good half of the book is filled with accounts of particular people's "simple" lives -- either the author's own, or those of people she interviewed. While occassionally interesting, that's not at all helpful for practically simplifying your own life. Of what's left, much of it is Luhrs talking about other simple living books she's read -- but she does not summarize or repeat the information.
She tells you what other book you need to go read and then goes on about how great it was and how it helped her, or at least what a nice the author is. On top of that, much of the information that is included is now hopelessly out of date. Both the "Cooking and Nutrition" and "Health and Exercise" chapters are utterly obsolete and weren't well grounded in science even when they were written.
The "Travel" chapter isn't much better, because the internet has changed that area so drastically. The "Money" chapter is similarly getting long in the tooth, and is only about half as useful as it was when first published. Finally, there are a LOT of assumptions of privilege in this book. For example, during the "Work" chapter Luhrs rails against working for health benefits, basically calling anyone who does so an idiot who needs to have a long talk with themselves. Going without or buying your own high-deductible individual policy is all well and good if you're relatively young, relatively fit, come from good genes and have never had a serious or chronic health issue.
If you're not, however, then you've probably discovered that health insurance is not optional and that you simply can not get it outside of a group rate and won't be able to until the recent health care reforms go into effect. If that is your case, working full time for a company with health insurance benefits stops being optional -- and then much of her reasoning in the "Time", "Money" and "Work" chapters and throughout the rest of the book becomes invalid. Even if you are relatively young, fit, and healthy, this book won't be of much help to you unless you're stuck in a cycle of keeping up with the Joneses and aren't sure how to get out.
If you've already trimmed the fat from your budget and life, this book will do nothing but frustrate you. Instead of reading The Simple Living Guide, I recommend that you pick an area of your life you want to simplify and then read a book specifically about this area. This ironically thick guide won't help you nearly as much.
Aug 03, April Franklin rated it did not like it. I picked this up because I wanted a guide to lowering stress and balancing work, family and health. Instead I found anti-vaccine ideas and the most offensive statement I have ever read regarding breastfeeding.
On page the author is describing an isolated community in northern India with a record of good health. She writes that in this community, babies who can not breastfeed die and are thus "spared the future gastro-intestinal miseries" that she claims accompany bottle feeding. What a horri I picked this up because I wanted a guide to lowering stress and balancing work, family and health.
What a horrible, malicious thing to say - what kind of deranged person thinks it's better for a baby to starve than receive formula? I was appalled beyond words. Jan 06, Nora Davis rated it it was amazing. A life changing book for me.
Soon after reading I wanted to get rid of most of my stuff and never purchase anything else unless it truly served a unique purpose in my life. The wonders of life are in the people we surround ourselves and the experiences we have. The things that we purchase mostly serve to clutter our lives and distract from what's most important. Mar 12, Jill rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction.
Although there is no groundbreaking or new information in this book, I really enjoyed it. Yeah, you can find most of this information out there on various websites, blogs, and in other books, but this is a really nice comprehensive guide that also includes real-life stories of people who have applied these principles to their lives.
The theme of the book focuses on figuring out what your values are and then evaluating whether or not how you spend your time and money support your values.
The Simp Although there is no groundbreaking or new information in this book, I really enjoyed it. Aug 30, Erin rated it really liked it. Found this on a 99 cent book rack at Goodwill, and the title drew me in. Now don't get me wrong, the book shows it's age, especially in the financial section, but the basic tenements hold true.
Don't want to work? Don't spend money. Don't want to deal with stuff? Don't accumulate it. I found myself taking copious notes in the wide margins, and re-evaluating my life.
Happy I found it. If that stuff also wrankles you, you may appreciate that it's grouped together in one section, easily skipped. Nov 29, Logan Hughes rated it it was ok Shelves: thrift. I love books on minimizing, downsizing, decluttering, homesteading, living simply, etc. More how-to, maybe. Although it's titled and marketed as a guide or handbook, I didn't feel like this presented concrete, actionable ideas about how to scale down your life. I guess this could be useful if you are looking for motivation, but it honestly didn't inspire me; it just made me feel tired.
Nov 13, Charity rated it really liked it Shelves: simplicity. I marked this as "read" although I didn't read it all the way through. It would be difficult to do so, I think, since it's so incredibly full of information and suggestions.
Instead, I skipped through, reading a bit here and a bit there and focussing my attention closely on those areas of particular interest to me and then just picked today to say that I was, effectively, done.
Luhrs presents snapshot I marked this as "read" although I didn't read it all the way through. Luhrs presents snapshots of people engaged in the practice of voluntary simplicity as a way to give the reader ideas for his or her own life. There's no way anyone could do everything in this book, nor should they try.
Maybe something here will work for you. With each suggestion and I use the term loosely , Luhrs refers back to the philosophy, which is basically to identify your values and align your life with them.
For example, in the section about Families, she talks about chores and allowance.
Review: The Simple Living Guide
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I marked this as "read" although I didn't read it all the way through. It would be difficult to do so, I think, since it's so incredibly full of information and suggestions. Instead, I skipped through This book was pretty solid, although somewhat repetitive and simple. As always, it was a bit lacking on the more actionable content that I am looking for.