Gratefulness and simple living go hand in hand. When we are grateful, we appreciate life’s free gifts: friendship and solitude; movement and rest; Nature’s bounty and her spare winter introversion. The following are books to guide and inspire us to live simply and gratefully.
The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life (2017)
by Lynne Twist
The Soul of Money is a long overdue wake-up call for the transformation of ourselves and our world to peace, harmony and abundance for all. First published in 2003, this is a new edition.
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New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City (2014)
by William Powers
Jettisoning 80 percent of their stuff, William Powers and his wife left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro-apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.
The Power of Pause (2011)
by Terry Hershey
In The Power of Pause, Hershey uses powerful stories and meditations, inspiring quotes, and a specific call to action at the end of each chapter to help us understand the profound value of slowing down in our daily lives and taking time for the truly important things.
A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness (1999)
by Brother David Steindl-Rast, OSB.
Brother David challenges us to change our lives through gratitude for simple pleasures.
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered (2010)
by E. F. Schumacher
Hailed as an “eco-bible” by Time magazine, E.F. Schumacher’s riveting, richly researched statement on sustainability has become more relevant and vital with each year since its initial groundbreaking publication during the 1973 energy crisis.
The Good Life (1990)
by Scott Nearing and Helen Nearing
Pioneers in the back-to-the-land movement, the Nearings describe “ a rural life based on self-reliance, good health, and a minimum of cash.”
Seven Sacred Pauses (2008)
by Macrina Wiederkehr
‘Time is money, and money is scarce.’ All who are driven by this double misconception get squeezed into a frantic rat race. Wiederkehr shows you a way out: the ancient art of returning again and again to the great Now that is beyond time.
The More With Less Cookbook (2011)
by Doris Janzen Longacre, Mary Emma Showalter, and Mary Beth Lind
These 500 recipes from Mennonite kitchens help you eat better and consuming less of the world’s limited food resources.
Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-First Century (2003)
by Juliet Schor and Betsy Taylor (Editors)
Sixteen essayists give practical suggestions about consumer choices that allow us to live with dignity, beauty, and ecological awareness.
The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World (2001)
by John Robbins and Dean Ornish
Well researched and lucidly written…this book is sure to spark discussion and incite readers to examine their food choices.
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