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Better Off

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    Not what you think...

    I bought this book initially thinking it would be a book about people who lived 'off the grid'- in harmony with neighbors, but independent of them. Instead, I was disappointed to see how ill-prepared the Brendes were to live without the help of their neighbors- without whom they would have had a very difficult year. It seemed more like reading the 'Secrets of the Innerworkings of the Amish and How I Got Involved' rather than a 'How to Live Indisposably in an Disposable World'. Yes, it talks about what people need and don't need, but he still has a car, access to a phone...... I find that the Author tends to steer off course- it's like reading someone's very LONG Holiday letter- banged out in as short of time possible- rather than an essay of life. If this is what you are interested in reading, then this is the book for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    Insightful Look at Living off the Grid

    This book was an interesting read on living off the grid. Earlier in the book, I was a bit frustrated with the the author's approach to living off the grid. The living situation was a rented house from the Amish, and the Amish seemed to take them under their wings, and so I felt it was the easy road for the author's experiment....I guess I was expecting it to be a bit more rustic and challenging. Although I can't say the approach was easy, I think it was definitely an easier route for the author to take. The title of the book gives the impression that we are better off without technology, although the author and his wife in the end make compromises and don't end living life off the grid. An interesting book, but a bit disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2007

    Valuable Insights

    I loved this book. It is written with humor and provides a glimpse into a life many of us will never experience. I was never looking for a 'how-to' manual on off-grid living, so I found this story delightful and personal. I thoroughly enjoyed Brende's insights and find them useful in my daily life as a city dweller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    A good start

    I enjoyed this book but, like other reviewers, something is missing. For the whole book, I couldn't figure out if Eric and his wife were living authentic Amish people or if there were all sorta Amish people. I would have liked to know more about their day-to-day life and a forcasted time table of events that they were expected to do regarding farming, etc.... I would have wanted to know more abo the values the community held regarding modern medicine and other things. This book definitely does give you some things to think about after you are done reading. How helpful/harmful is all the technology around us? What is the least amount of technology we can live with to still live comfortably but not compromise a sense of community or well-being?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    It Was Good But I Wanted More

    I found the book very interesting, but I kept wondering why didn't the author talk about giving up his dependence on the news or newspapers. I would think that, too, would be very difficult. I also wish he would have given his wife's perspective as told from her to him. There were other issues I wish he had mentioned that he just didn't bring up, so I kindof felt like he really wasn't telling us the whole story. Still his message was clear and one I tend to agree with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Do not buy or read

    Very very very very very very very bad.

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