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The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen
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Jun 21, 2011

really liked it
Read in May, 2011

I was expecting to be blown out of the water by this book. Instead, it ended up being more tame than I thought it would be. I thought that selling their house would lead to halfing many other things in their lives — cars, vacations, toys, etc. But it was pretty much about the house. Which, in itself, was quite a good story. I mean, it just isn’t done. We’re always looking for the next big thing, and it’s rare that someone downsizes for something other than a lost job or a move or something. The process the family went through (journaling, family discussions, research, etc.) was one of my favorite parts — it shows that they were incredibly intentional about their project, and didn’t just sell their house so they could tell everyone they knew that they gave away $800,000 to charity. They really wanted to make a difference and the process behind deciding on the Hunger Project was fascinating and admirable.

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