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Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Mark Tabb won't ignore the facts about the hectic pace of modern life that we are, ironically, often too tired to acknowledge and change. In his candid and spiritually insightful Living with Less, he declares, The only way to get more out of life is to choose less. Less stuff. Less activity. Less wanting more. . . . May God give us the courage to choose less stress in orde ...more
ebook, 185 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by B&H Publishing Group
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Feb 02, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dunredalready
This book is a decent investigation into the basics of existential downsizing. Not existential in the Camus-ian sense, but existential in the sense of existing/living/loving/surviving with less. crap. in. your. life.


The book is a good kick in the rear to get you thinking about how you may be able to simplify your own existence, but isn't tremendously well written. In fact, while reading this book, I was constantly hit with the thought that "yes, indeed, I too could become an author." I'm so
M.E. Kinkade
Jan 10, 2011 M.E. Kinkade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Preaches to the choir (only those interested in living with less would pick up this book, but it's a treatise on why you should live with less) and offers very little substance. The anecdotes sound invented and fake.
Pat Roseman
In this world of excess, this is a great encouragement to learn to do with less so that we are free to help others as God leads. Obviously, there's a lot more to this book, and it was a very good read.
Jan 09, 2011 Arianna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Just wasn't my cup of tea...didn't realize it was written with such a religious bent. Loved the initial concept, but couldn't get past the intro (or the table of contents, which I subsequently checked).
May 19, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I believe the truth of downsizing ALL areas of our lives is the key to personal fulfillment.
Nov 19, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several other books dealing with the concept of embracing a simpler lifestyle, but this one went much deeper into the attitude that underlie such a change, and the spiritual truths that apply to them. This is not a quick how-to book, (although he does give some how-to tips), but more a book to get you to think deeply about your values.
Diana Barrick
Feb 09, 2014 Diana Barrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I own this, Kindle edition. Thought I'd be reading a book giving the particulars of how many coffee mugs should be kept in my cupboards and instead was engaged on a soul searching, God focused encounter on how to strive for what's important in life. He quotes often from famous Christians such as CS Lewis and Bonhoeffer. There are many quotes from Richard Foster, Celebration of Disciplines, which I'm studying with my Sunday school class. The two books have gone hand in hand- an unexpected encoura ...more
Jennifer Crone
May 01, 2008 Jennifer Crone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you have to just say no. This book fundamentally changed the way I look at how I choose to spend my time and my family's time. It starts out a little morbid, but how true it is that if we hope to complete our lives and be remembered a certain way, we have to decide on how to spend the time that we have, day by day. Really, our days are what add up to our lives and the way that we affect our familes and friends with our words, actions and inactions, is what ends up being our lives.
Jan 01, 2014 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was hard to put down. The author tells it like it is. I had originally purchased the book because of the title and had no idea what I was in store for. Downsizing your life is easier in midlife than in earlier years. The spiritual rewards are great and so worth the sacrifices that need to be made.
William Anderson
Dec 30, 2015 William Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read to find real time!

The conclusion is better than what I had feared. This book will help you find a better way to spend your time. It is well written with humorous stories throughout
May 29, 2015 Loretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An insightful book about becoming more by living with less. Less things, less stress, less hectic life. Then we have more time for God. It's a book I'll keep around to remind myself that less is more.
The most poignant point for me was that speed is the enemy of influence. In order for my life to matter to those God put in my life, my life needs to be smaller in every way: less of me, less stuff, and less appointments on the calendar.
Brid Callaghan
Dec 16, 2015 Brid Callaghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable

I would definitely recommend this book. I really enjoyed it. Some spiritual books can be a heavy read. However this book was so easy to read , and so practical. Very enjoyable.
Dec 16, 2015 Alfred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living with Less was a decent book about downsizing and minimilizing your life with a Christian bent to it. it's alright. there's probably better books on the subject tho
Aug 14, 2015 Sharples rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author is quite depressing with his written thoughts of how,he looks at things. I didn't get too far.
Teresa Lacey ridolfi
Not so much as a how to but a philosophical book with religious undertones regarding WHY to simplify ones life
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