The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul

The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul

by Dave Bruno


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061787744
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Pages: 207
Sales rank: 707,122
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dave Bruno is a successful entrepreneur who cofounded ChristianAudio and helped it become a leading publisher of audiobooks. He has an M.A. in Religion in American Life from Wheaton College. Dave is a native of San Diego, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He loves every outdoor inch of California that he's ever hiked, biked, surfed, or seen. Dave's favorite of many household pets is his loyal mutt, Piper.

Table of Contents

Preface: Of Cats and Contentment xi

Part 1 The Challenge Takes Shape

1 The 100 Thing Challenge 3

2 A Reluctant Entrepreneur 13

3 "American-Style Consumerism" Got My Attention 25

4 Every Challenge Needs Rules 39

5 Personal Change Begins at Home 49

6 Purging Things and "Things Past" 61

7 The Hardest Thing to Cut 75

Part 2 The Challenge Takes Off

8 My 100 Thing Challenge Begins 89

The 100 Thing Challenge List 101

9 Imprecise Goods 103

A Challenge Christmas 111

10 Naturally, Our Stuff Goes Only So Far 115

A Winter Update 129

11 Reactions to the Spectacle 133

A New Frugality 147

12 The Short Answer to the Big Question 151

The 88 Thing Challenge 161

13 My Almost Perfect Wednesday 163

My 10 Thing Hobby 171

14 A Modest Proposal for the One Thing We Should All Keep 175

Epilogue: Keep Going 185

Appendix 1 How to Do a 100 Thing Challenge 189

Appendix 2 Post-Challenge Things 199

Acknowledgments 208

What People are Saying About This

Dean Nelson

“In a loving, wise, sometimes hilarious manner, Dave Bruno holds a mirror up to us and says to take a closer look at how we’re living. Reading this will lead you to a better life.”

Mark Noll

“Living simply is only an ideal until someone like Bruno gets particular. The way he got particular should make everyone think—hard, which is a very good thing.”

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100 Thing Challenge 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the idea and also my daughter went to Pt Loma Nazarene Univ and I am looking to retirement and downsizing,so thought this would be interesting. The book is disappointing, boring and poorly written. I was also surprised at some of the words and some of his "humor" he uses since he works at a Christian University. It is not really 100 things, considering the way he counts his items, doesn't seem like he really gives up much. I think I have less "stuff" then he has to begin with. If you are trying to learn to live without, people like Dave Ramsey and Mary Hunt do a better job...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting concept, the writing however was abysmal. Made it a struggle to get through.
slsMO More than 1 year ago
I am not a person who reviews every book I read. I review only those that I find extraordinary in some respect. Unfortunately, this one is extraordinarily boring. I read the entire book just waiting for a redeeming insight or at least a chuckle. I got neither. Dave Bruno sets this up to be a major challenge but nowhere in the book do we see him facing much of a challenge. Yes, I was annoyed at the way he counted his things - how hard can it be when you don't count most everything in your house because you share it with your family - but I'm also annoyed that the book was not compelling even given the limits of the challenge. If you want to read a good book about taking a hard look at your lifestyle and how it relates to the world around you, I recommend "The Power of Half." If you want an entertaining read about gimmicky lifestyles/pursuits, read anything by A.J. Jacobs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit I didn't read the book. I read the Introduction and Bruno wrote that, "domestic cats are replaceable". I was enraged at that line and would not respect anything he had to say. Maybe he knows about paring down, but obviously, he doesn't know about cats. If you have ever lost a cat and know they are not replaceable, don't get this book."replace" it with one of the many others in this category.
HappeChick More than 1 year ago
Dave has great approach to breaking over consumption habits. It was inspiring to read how the challenge changed his life and the honest and humorous struggles he went through. He has tips at the end for doing your own challenge. I started clearing out my closet at Chap. 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would never buy this book, because in the sample he goes on and on about how dogs are superior to cats, which makes them just 'things' to him. Whatever your uninformed opinion is, cats are family members when you adopt them, just as valuable as dogs! They're intensely loyal, and if you've never bonded with one and figured it out, that's your problem, not ours. No veterinarian would share your opinion. In fact, I am sure they would all tell you to keep your cats indoors after hearing about your coyote problem. And not let them get eaten, and then take it out on cats and cat people. You've chosen not to protect your cats. Just because you haven't done that, and you feel, in consequence, that they are just losers and ' easily replaceable', okay, that makes you a monster! Dying because your guardian isn't protecting you doesn't make you in the slightest bit disloyal. I think your priorities are way off. I'd say they were put in a blender.
Geminirob-47 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was just what I needed to organize all of my "stuff". I have way too much orf everything, everywhere. I need to do this challenge at work as well as at home. I have two rental units for storage and have things hidden under beds and in every nook and cranny in the house. I did not know where to begin to organize my clutter but this book gave me some needed help. I don't know if I will scale down to a hundred things because I have at least a million but I want to start somewhere and this gave me ideas. Thank you Dave Bruno
justicefortibet on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An inspiring story but not too much help with the how to do it part. He does a lot of rambling on about all the activities he wants to do for pleasure but not much about WHY we need to consume fewer things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read and do. You will be better off and have more money.
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