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 "it is a series of hard-hitting essays by a diverse collection of writers that wraps its arms around everything from simplicity to climate change to economic metrics to happiness. I approached each chapter (each new writer) with skepticism and a willingness to put the book down, and I found my self delighted time after time. This is a book anyone would be glad to have on "it is a series of hard-hitting essays by a diverse collection of writers that wraps its arms around everything from simplicity to climate change to economic metrics to happiness. I approached each chapter (each new writer) with skepticism and a willingness to put the book down, and I found my self delighted time after time. This is a book anyone would be glad to have on their shlf." - Lyle Estill"Here is a book with its roots in the earth that can move you to new places, stimulate ideas and encourage change. Less is More will show you how to divest gradually, to live more in the present moment, while still paying attention to technology, health, politics and the environment. Simplicity is not a turning away. It is a rejoining." Barbara Bamberger Scott "The anthology's true strength comes in the diversity of its voices - which include not only journalists and activists, but also businesspeople and ministers. Less is More will serve as an informative and inspiring primer." - Ryan Williams, ForeWord Magazine "Andrews and Urbanska are masterful in their prose and their ability to bring together an eclectic array of writers, thinkers and sustainability adovcates who live in ways that echo what they write about. " John Ivanko"No good idea stays local for long," writes Jay Walljaspsr in Less is More, a smart collection of essays that chant the simplicity mantra without oversimpifying the issues at stake. Many of these ideas seem bound to travel far." - Utne Reader"I am both educated and inspired by the writings in Less is More. Living simply, like finding the heart, is the work of a lifetime. It is not easy to get there, but it provides a life of ease once the goal is reached. This book is a wonderful contribution to reorienting our lives away from the alienating influences of our shame-inducing consumer culture back toward what is really important: the choice to care for ourselves, others and the planet in a simple, loving way." - Glenn Berger, PhD, glennbergerblogPeople are afraid and anxious. We’re destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy. Our obsessive pursuit of wealth isn’t working.But there’s another way. Less can be More. Throughout history wise people have argued that we need to live more simply—that only by limiting outer wealth can we have inner wealth. Less is More is a compelling collection of essays by people who have been writing about simplicity for decades. They bring us a new vision of Less: less stuff, less work, less stress, less debt. A life with Less becomes a life of More: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, and more security.When we have too much, we savor nothing. When we choose less, we regain our life and can think and feel deeply. Ultimately, a life of less connects us with one true source of happiness: being part of a caring community. Less is More shows how to turn individual change into a movement that leads to policy changes in government and corporate behavior, work hours, the wealth gap, and sustainability. It will appeal to those who want to take back their lives, their planet, and their well-being.Cecile Andrews is the author of Circle of Simplicity and Slow is Beautiful and cofounder of Phinney EcoVillage. She has her doctorate in education from Stanford.Wanda Urbanska is producer and host of Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska. She is author or co-author of numerous books, including Simple Living and Nothing’s Too Small to Make a Difference....

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Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-02-20 21:53

    This is a collection of essays on simplicity, erring on the side of philosophical and academic. While each essay had its own angle and interesting perspectives, I found it to be quite repetitive (particularly as someone who is already well-versed in the idea of simple living and in the benefits, both personal and global/environmental). I think this book would be good for someone happy and pick and choose which chapters to read or for someone who is more philosophically minded. I had expected something a little more practical, so I found it hard to look at it as anything more than a boring collection of academic essays. After reading the first few chapters, I skipped around a bit before decided that I wasn’t interested in finishing the book.

  • Eugene Kok
    2019-02-20 21:51

    On a larger scale.Overall the books talks on simplicity in life actually breeds more efficiency. They talked on about resource limited countries such as Japan that the reason why they improved so much is because they improved on productivity and usage of their goods. Limiting wastage as possible.On a minor scale:Leading a simple life actually makes things easier to live your life, and you'll have less headache: is better to own as less as much possessions. Because with less possessions, you do not have to worry about maintenance, transportation, storage, breakage, lost and other mind throbbing matters with it. And not to mentioned time saved when you actually do not need to upkeep your possession.Because end of the day, we would all would depart this earth, but who would take over would be our future generation: our kids and future grand kids, who would be the next wave of future habitats of earth. So to encapsulate the points: you do not have to live life to fulfill the fashion/lifestyle facade, you could instead; live life to the fullest, by living life simple, because the best things in life can be free or affordable. And it's already out there.

  • Cindi
    2019-03-14 21:52

    Here is my first in what I hope will be a good stream of books about simplicity and minimizing. I've got to take this slow to give me time to think. And I've got to win over my family. On some things, I don't think it will be hard, but there will be challenges. I already gave away my full stack of Dr. Seuss books, something I didn't think I'd ever do. Life is going to change. We are going to have more of what we really want, more time traveling and doing things together and less, well THINGS.Update: I checked this book out and then renewed it three times. I kept it in my van and pulled it out when I knew I'd have to wait for appointments etc. The book is set up so it works nicely this way as it is a set of essays. This book is so peaceful. Reading it was almost like taking time to meditate.Since less is more, rather than buying the book, I think I'll check it out again and hope for the luck I had last time to be able to keep it for so long. I'm going to read it again. I love the feeling it gives me.

  • Artemisia Hunt
    2019-02-27 20:38

    A great collection of thoughtful and intelligent essays on the many important aspects of living a sustainable life. Many of these writers are members of the simplicity movement, but they all quickly debunk the idea that that movement is anything about eccentric lifestyles or an ascetic approach to life. These articles are holistic in the sense that they approach the problem from all its aspects: environmental, political, spiritual, social, economic and global. Still, far from being any kind of piecemeal or band-aid approach to the problems discussed, this book presents probably the deepest and most comprehensive look at the kinds of changes that are necessary to reverse the problems of global warming and environmental depletion that we are facing on our planet. This book is a very necessary and enlightening read focusing on real solutions and positive steps to create the deep changes that we can no longer deny are needed.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-22 18:45

    p 101/102"enough" sounds to most of our ears as if it had the word "barely" just in front of it. For some reason "enough" never sounds like... enough."lagom" is a swedish word that has no direct equivalent in English, meaning "Just the right amount" The only other language that has anything close is japanese, with a phrase meaning "I have exactly what I need"p130Ours is not the first generation to be morally blinded by building a lifetyle based upon energy from foreign shores. Slavery was the importation of cheap energy without regard to moral cost.p9Simple Living's four tenets - environmental stewardship, thoughtful consumption, community involvement and financial responsibility

  • Erika Nerdypants
    2019-03-18 18:45

    Collection of essays on Simplicity, which has been a buzz word for the last few decades, and a particular interest of mine. It didn't really provide any new information for me, but it was still a good read, if nothing else reinforcing the need to curb my over-consumption in order to leave behind a planet that's sustainable for future generations. I am aware that earth's lifespan is finite, but I want to do my part in not hastening its demise. I particularly liked the essay on "lagom", a Swedish word that has no literal translation to English, but closely means "just enough", not too much and not too little. I plan on asking myself more often, if what I'm doing, buying, taking is "lagom".

  • Errica
    2019-03-05 14:54

    In recent years I have been moving towards a simpler way of living. Not only through materialistic means but also socially and professionally. Less is More, spoke to me and my changing habits, ideas and consciousness. The most important thing that I took away is determining my "enough". Letting myself be aware not of my conscious choices not to consume more than I need but realizing that I have exactly what I need. And creating enjoyment out of my experiences and moments with family, friends, etc. Each essay could have been written in response to my every day thought.

  • Beth
    2019-03-23 19:47

    Interesting collection of short essays from various writers about choosing simplicity. I was expecting more in the way of concrete ideas on ways to choose simplicity as an individual, and while there are some, many of the essays were more about different philosophical aspects of simplicity. One of my favorites was "Wabi-Sabi Time" by Robyn Griggs Lawrence (editor of Natural Home magazine) about the ancient Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfect things. A few pieces I skipped over, but overall an enjoyable read.

  • Ellen Keim
    2019-03-08 17:47

    Each chapter of this book was an article by a different author (some authors wrote more than one). Most of the articles were reprints. Instead of providing a wide diversity of perspectives, it seemed to me that there was a lot of repetition. Unfortunately, this book wasn't as practical as it sounds and a lot of it was downright boring. It was basically a lot of treatises with very little personalization. The most interesting chapter was the one on Wabi-sabi. Next time I'll know to look for a book on that alone.

  • Kristi
    2019-03-16 17:59

    A great variety of short essays from a broad number of people involved in the slow/simplicity movement. Thought provoking and challenging. It's comforting to see many of the thoughts and ideas that have been bumping around in my head lately appear in writing. An excellent read for our current economic, environmental and social state. Just a couple sample questions from the book that felt particularly timely to me. "When is enough enough?" "What's the economy for, anyway?"

  • Louise
    2019-03-02 17:04

    I think it's finally time to take this off the currently reading list and put it on the didn't-finish shelf. Although I liked some of the essays, by the end of the book it just got too preachy and samey. The part I enjoyed the most were the essays where people talked about why and how they lived sustainably. I couldn't really get interested in the essays about necessary policies or politics. Overall, this book was okay, but it might be more enjoyable to read the essays as one-offs.

  • Laura
    2019-03-02 14:55

    This is a collection of essays from people who have been writing about Simplicity and Sustainability for a long time. Since this is an interest of mine, I didn't learn anything new but it was interesting to read about different approaches to achieving Simplicity and striving for a more Sustainable lifestyle.

  • Monica Roy
    2019-02-28 20:38

    I am very interested in the Simplicity movement after reading this book, but the repetitiveness of the viewpoints (same authors featured again and again) and the lack of Oxford commas irked me. I plan to read some of the other books mentioned and to make a conscious effort to get more time and less stuff in my life.

  • caroline
    2019-03-03 16:43

    I skipped around the book and read essays that (somewhat) appealed to me. I liked the book because of how I felt inspired to make a change in my life. The books seems a bit ... what's the word.. highfalutin in a way, but I never any message from a book straight. I like to make it my own. So I'm glad this book will teach me how to live a simple life the way I want.

  • tiffany
    2019-02-27 19:06

    This was not what I thought it was... It is a collection of different people's thoughts on simplicity, good thoughts, but wasn't what i had in mind... for myself other books on the subject are much more engaging.

  • Zohra
    2019-02-26 16:41

    Could be conceivably motivating for some, for me I found it preachy with far too much patting on the back by each article author. I found it tiresome, without any new ideas. I'm quite glad I did not buy it.

  • Shannan
    2019-03-13 14:00

    There were a few essays that I found really interesting and thought provoking, but for the most part, I didn't find this book very engaging. It's not bad, it just didn't really give me any insight I haven't had from other similar subject matter.

  • Sean Goh
    2019-02-26 18:54

    Cultivating caring communities."If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the right answers." Redefine your priorities. A breath of fresh air in a world with an insatiable appetite.

  • Kate
    2019-03-15 18:03

    I was surprised how many of the essays had an environmental focus as distinct from being simplicity-centric. Whilst this was interesting it was not what I was expecting, nor did I expect so many of them to be institutionally geared as opposed to stories of individuals' experiences.

  • Jill
    2019-02-26 15:40

    Gives you something to contemplate.

  • Alesia
    2019-03-08 22:01

    I couldn't finish the book. The essays became repetitive after awhile. I didn't really learn anything new. If you're interested in simplicity, it is motivating.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-18 19:46

    Great collection of many different 'experts' in the realm of simplifying life to enjoy life more. Great discussions with hubby on this one.

  • Melody Warnick
    2019-03-19 20:05

    I like to read books like this collection of essays about simple living so I can get my head on straight and stop shopping.

  • Josh Burton
    2019-03-20 17:02

    Stories from all different sorts of people of why they think less is more.

  • Cathryn
    2019-03-12 14:52

    Terrific! Really good thinking from the folks from Greater Good

  • Myra
    2019-03-07 17:55

    e-book NCSU

  • Connie
    2019-02-20 16:48

    Excellent book of collected essays. Wonderful collection of essayists and very useful references to other sources.

  • Josie
    2019-03-06 17:05

    Several essays on the idea of simplicity (and other themes in the subheading). Some were outstanding and really spoke to me, others were clunkers.

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    2019-03-21 17:56

  • Yvette
    2019-03-02 14:50

    I actually couldn't bring myself to finish reading it, so I returned it.