I read a great book today. It said the true value of a book was in the author’s story and way of teaching, not so much the actual idea or concept itself. I have certainly found this to be true.
Take The Barefoot Investor 2019 Update: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need for example. What I loved about Scott’s book wasn’t so much the concepts within, though the information was helpful, it was actually Scott’s insightful and user-friendly approach which had me hooked. Going beyond merely exchanging information, this book actually inspired me to change my money mindset, which is think is the most important change of all. I have read many finance blogs and a couple of books before, but none resonated with me so strongly, or inspired real change, like Scott’s writing did. This isn’t one of my ‘three’ books for slow living that I will focus on in this blog, but certainly is a highly recommended read.
As a child, I wasn’t too interested in reading, unlike my bookworm mum and sister, however as an adult I find a good book to be uplifting and majorly inspiring. I am now a devotee to all things personal development, biographies, and the occasional outback romance novel thrown in for good measure. Each to their own right?
Reading has been a major part of my slow living journey. Perhaps because the mere act of reading is in itself inherently slow; manual, self-paced, and analog. It’s just the kind of soul-reviving activity to do when you need to get away from it all and take back control over your information inputs, rather than being a passively over-loaded consumer. Then there is the heavenly feel of the book in your hands, and the gentle slip of each page as you move through. I have nothing against audiobooks, but to me, true luxury is a paperback novel, a deep bath and a glass of wine.
So here are three books I have enjoyed and might help you along your own slow living journey.
Down to Earth: A Guide to Simple Living
This was the first simple-living title I ever laid eyes on and I couldn’t believe my luck that someone had so eloquently articulated the benefits of slow living that I knew to be true. I felt I had found someone else who understood how important ‘good housekeeping’ was for a good life and how some of the tried and true methods of the past can be resurrected today to counter some of the negative effects of our busy, modern lifestyles. This book taught me about self-sufficiency, to view frugality as a tool against waste (as opposed to restriction), that homemade products are as good as shop bought ones (contrary to what big business would have us believe) and that you can, in fact, live more, and quite happily, with less. While I’m not in the same season of my life as Rhonda, I do aspire to live more like her one day, and I am sure you will too.
The Empowered Mama
Any new mum will surely agree that you’re lifestyle and identity changes dramatically with the arrival of your babies. Sure there are exceptions, and not everyone faces the same challenges or circumstances, but I think you know all know what I mean. It’s not just mums of course, the struggle is real for all new parents, dad’s included. This isn’t to say that children aren’t the greatest gift, mine certainly were. Still, I struggled with my transition into motherhood big time, and I found this book to be a great beacon of light through the darkest days. I must confess… I didn’t actually complete all the activities even though I know they would have helped cement my understanding of the concepts within, but I might one day. Ironically, when I had my first baby, all I read about was how to ‘fix’ my baby. How to get her to sleep, feed well, and travel well. All so I could cope better. What I didn’t realize was I was fruitlessly trying to bandage a deeper wound, my own metaphorical birth into motherhood. Unlike all the baby books before it, Lisa’s work is unique in its approach, with a focus on empowering mums to be the best version of themselves, through things we can actually control, and not those we can’t. Topics include mindset, habits, mental health, nutrition, movement, self-love and more. Exactly what a new mum needs. Check it out.
I Quit Sugar: Simplicious Flow
Sure Sarah is a little extreme in her approach, but sometimes it takes extreme ideas to inspire moderate but meaningful change. This isn’t just another cookbook or a themed, pretty collection of disjointed recipes that sound great, but you’ll probably never cook. No, Sarah’s book shows us a brand new (yet old) way of preparing meals, with love. Love for ourselves, our community and our environment. Sarah introduces us to her version of how to cook from a ‘capsule’, that is; make a bunch of meals from one set of ingredients, in a state of flow. This includes buying, storing and preserving seasonally and locally available produce (insert slow-living tick), perpetually preparing ahead of time by cooking once and eating many times (another slow-living tick), and wasting nothing (another tick, bravo Sarah!). The book is literally life changing and will make you look at your food in a whole other way. Again, I am in another season of my life to Sarah, and I don’t agree with all her thoughts on nutrition, so not all the flows work for me, but the ones that do are game changers.
So there you have it, three wonderful books to sink your teeth into. We would love to know what you think. Please share your thoughts with us using the comments tool below!
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