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The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The Heart of Simple Living is your road map to a more balanced life - a life centered on self-discovery. Fewer possessions. More time. More friends. More meaning. This book will help you identify objectives for your life and create awareness of your actions and finances, while planning for your future.

This inspirational book delivers seven tangible and actionable paths, wo
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Paperback, 253 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Krause Publications (first published 2010)
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Andrea
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-wellness
A very thoughtful and clearly written reminder that less is often much more. She starts by explaining how taking care of finances is the foundation to simple living, which makes perfect sense to me. If you're trapped in a cycle of loans and debt, how free can you be to live simply? Other excellent topics she covers include: living frugally, which doesn't mean living like a pauper, but fully using and making the most of what you have instead of creating waste and more consumption; "greening" your ...more
LindaN
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasure to read. It gives many suggestions for living a simpler, greener life, with less focus on possessions and rush-rush-rush and more focus on life’s inherent pleasures. The author gives many examples from her own life and is inspirational in a quiet way. The book is like a visit with a friend whom you like and admire.
Kathryn
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is my second book by her, the first she co-authored with her now ex-husband. This one she wrote herself. It is such a graceful book with facts and data sprinkled in with examples from her life and those that have made a difference in her life of things we can and quite honestly should do to make our lives and this world a bit more liveable, a bit calmer, a bit more beautiful.
Cassandra
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs to read this book! Everything Wanda talks about are very simple changes to make your life better. She forces you to stop and think about where your life is and what you can do to make it even marginally better.
This is an absolutely wonderful book. I loved it so much I will be purchasing as I had rented it from the library just happening to stumble upon it in the shelves!
Barbara
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book offers a variety of ways to simplify your life. Declutter and create inviting oasis and resting places.

This book offers insights on how to live debt free, live in smaller homes instead of larger ones, and to discover professional success.

A great book to add to any collection of self help books.
Elizabeth
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Worth reading; perhaps a bit too long.
Sylvia Swann-Levkoff
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! The Heart of the Simple Life is a beautifully written, smart, resourceful, step-by-step way to simplify your life. We are all overwhelmed by work, finances, family responsibilities, and the constant tug of social media. Wanda Ubanska gets it. She shares tremendous insights on every page. Who needs Martha Stewart?! Urbanska has given us a far better path to the good life.
Martha
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book, even though it didn't seem to be revolutionary at the time I read it, I found myself dog-earing every other page because of all the lovely ideas I wanted to retain and remember. It's true that she often talks about why we should make some of the life changes she mentions, and how they would improve us, without really telling us exactly how to make them (aim to live in a paid-for home and be mortgage free so debt doesn't rule your life - but exactly how?). But it is a ki ...more
Tracy Ward
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: simplicity
A very nice read with lots of interesting anecdotes to get you thinking about living more simply. I enjoy Mrs. Urbanski's writing style which made for a very quick read. This is a nice book to either get you started or to give you a recharge. It's a good vacation read at the beach or by the camp fire. Some of the topics are fairly straight forward, almost redundant advice from all the other books out there but again it's a good reminder of true priorities. ...more
Gloria
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those interested in simplicity
Addressing common issues of finances, cooking, etc. Urbanska nudges people to take more responsibility for their "carbon footprint" and benefiting from their efforts by seeing an improved sense of peace and purpose. Thoughtfully stated, this is a bit more philosophical rather than a book filled with a million ideas on how to pull off a new lifestyle. This is also a PBS series. ...more
Tracy
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elementary yet inspiring

As I titled my review, although the ideas are very basic, it is inspiring. I think anyone who has looked into a simpler lifestyle will be aware of 90% of what is written in this book. But I did find a couple of new resources, and I was motivated by Wanda's sincerity and lifestyle.
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Jill Kemerer
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm drawn to books about living simply and within your means. I really enjoyed this and found it inspiring. Ms. Urbanska rightly urges us to live with less waste, more joy, and with an eye toward our future. ...more
Patti
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
If you are new to the simple living movement, this is a good book to read as a start. Most of the information that she provided was "common sense" to those of us who are on this journey. But she does add a tidbit here and there and there are some good suggestions for other authors to explore. ...more
Faith
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok a few good tips, especially in the beginning but some things were pretty far out there on spectrum, especially towards the end.
Marilyn
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Grounding book for pulling all the elements of life together into one that has meaning for YOU. Something I could read each year to see if I'm on track. ...more
Brenda Martin
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This is timely for so many. The author gives a good philosophical overview of the simplicity movement and asks some probling questions.
Jason
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I've read quite a few simple living books and blogs, and there wasn't much new in this book. It was a quick read, which I appreciated. ...more
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