The Happy Minimalist

The Happy Minimalist

by Peter Lawrence
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very timely and thought-provoking book. I read it as a cogently argued philosophy rather than a how-to-manual, although both themes reverberate in different parts of this book. At a time when oil and food prices are soaring, medical costs are unthinkably forbidding, and the environment of our beloved Earth in severe stress, nothing could be more refreshing than a carefully laid out thesis for minimalist living and consumption. Lawrence argues convincingly that happiness and the pleasures of life can still be savored while reducing consumption to the barest minimum. Yes it does take a re-orientation of our values and some personal discipline. And no, the economy does not need to come crashing down if everyone adopts a minimalistic lifestyle. This is a must read for singles, young people, married couples and families alike - for everyone who cares about where we are headed.
Octlow More than 1 year ago
If the author is trying to entice the reader to be a minimalist … he has failed miserably. I have a minor desire in my life to be more of a minimalist than I am currently, but not nearly to the extent of this author's lifestyle. He has changed his life of living, to a religion of living as inexpensively as possible. I feel he has a passion for his cause, but I believe he is missing life entirely. The author is single; how would my spouse feel about sleeping in a sleeping bag every night or only showering once a week? The principle is very good of not wanting to waste the resources we are given, personal income, clean water and clean air, or the amount of electricity we use, but in the application it may be extremely difficult to fulfill. Many of his suggestions are very good and can be easily assimilated in most people’s lives. Personally I would love to live in a smaller home with fewer expenses (gas, water, electricity and real-estate taxes, and may someday do so. Many more of the author’s suggestions lend themselves only to single people who have no children and/or grandchildren. The author’s passion is in the right place, but his ability to create a desire in the reader to change their lifestyle is lacking. We Americans do a good job of squandering anything we have; we over buy, over build, and try to over live. That point is well made by the author and I happen to agree.
Sarkar More than 1 year ago
you can learn how to live a simple life without compromising. The way Peter have jodd down all the details from his personal experiences and by providing the examples which helps me to understand what we need in life to have a simple but beautiful. Thank you Peter, looking forward to read your next book. Sarkar!
ObjectiveReviewer More than 1 year ago
I came across this book by chance & decided to purchase it even though it was not a best seller (yet) because of favorable reviews. It turned out to be one of my best investments both in time & money. BUY IT! READ IT! LIVE IT!
alice_rios More than 1 year ago
This book made me think. Most books on this subject revert to cliches and unrealistic examples; but Lawrence made me THINK. The things he talks about are things that you already know (you'd be surprised at HOW MUCH you already know!) - he simply presents them in such a way that makes you sit up and pay attention and APPLY accordingly. Book is worth every cent!