Whether you want to simplify your finances, your love life, your spirituality, your hectic day, your junk drawer, or your way of life in general there is a book to help you. Simply browse this list and start down the path to a simpler life.
"Organized as a saunter through the year, Romancing the Ordinary celebrates the spirituality of the senses, seasonally and monthly. Ban Breathnach believes that women are endowed not with five senses but with seven. In addition to rediscovering sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch, readers will come to cherish their sense of 'knowing' — a woman's intuitive sense — and 'wonder,' her sense of rapture and reverence."
"Rational Simplicity offers a... series of suggestions to help change your relationship with money. At its core, simple living is living on less than you earn. But simple living has the final goal of escaping from paid work and pursuing what is really important to you... This book encourages you to spend less time pursuing material goods and more time pursuing your dreams."
"I had an obsession with the Amish. Plan and simple. Objectively it made no sense. I, who worked hard at being special, fell in love with a people who valued being ordinary."
So begins Sue Bender's story, the captivating and inspiring true story of a harried urban Californian moved by the beauty of a display of quilts to seek out and live with the Amish. Discovering lives shaped by unfamiliar yet comforting ideas about time, work, and community, Bender is gently coaxed to consider, "Is there another way to lead a good life?"
To escape civilization Daniel Hays he "bought an island, built a house, packed up his wife and stepson and two dogs and three boatloads of supplies, and moved there for a year." He harnesses electricity from solar power and an unpredictable windmill, funnels rainwater for their showers, creates a toilet seat out of a whale vertebra and a kitchen sink out of a jawbone, and strings the bed up on pulleys so that it lifts to the ceiling."
Tells how to determine the kind of life one really wants to lead, identify the needed skills, and plan the steps to reach that goal.
The author and his spouse spent 18 months in Amish country living without electricity and its dependent technologies. Here he recounts the experience, not only detailing the daily activities and frequent difficulties they found necessary to maintain existence without electricity, but also touting the benefits of such a life and exploring the culture of their adopted community.