What I Am Reading August 2008.

August 7, 2008

Currently I am only reading one book, but my wife is working on another that I thought you guys would be interested in!

Right now I am only about half-way through Janet Luhr’s “The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living” but already I can see myself implementing a lot of her ideas on how to slow down and enjoy life a little bit more. I am, by nature, somewhat of an ADD/OCD patient – I have trouble sitting still and I get bored very easily. This is something I am working on, especially after leaving Los Angeles and arriving here in New Mexico. I am almost forced to slow down, which has been really good for me! But this book covers way more than just slowing your life down; Luhr talks about “living deeply” – being closely tied to the people, places, and things in your life. She discusses taking simple holidays, reducing clutter, gardening, work, relationships, and finding a balance between the hectic life we sometimes find around us and our inner-self. Planning for the future needn’t be a scary prospect as she offers up ways to simplify your life while still working a job you love, and she encourages readers to find a hobby that occupies their time but doesn’t stress them out or cost a lot. It really is the simple things in life that can have the most impact on us once we stop worrying about A. things we have no control over and B. what everyone else is doing? Is making money more important than being happy? No way. This book offers advice on dealing with that and so much more, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to simplify all parts of their life. I imagine this will be like a Simple Living bible for us, always sitting there ready to be referred to!

This book review is courtesy of my wife, who as a teacher reads everything she can get her hands on when it comes to helping her kids out. I am in the middle of a great book called “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv. He explores the way that today’s children have lost their connection to nature, and as a result, suffer more frequently from depression, ADD, obesity, etc. It is an insightful wake-up call to parents, teachers, and anyone who works with children that allowing ample time and space for free and creative play in the outdoors is crucial for a child’s healthy development. Louv acknowledges that for many struggling families who are living in crowded urban cities, this may not be possible at the moment, but he outlines some grassroots ways that concerned citizens can get involved. He also advocates putting pressure on our government to declare safe, natural playspaces a basic right of all America’s children.

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Comments (2)

  1. CindyW says:

    I read the book a while ago and loved it, largely because it confirmed what I was already doing with my kids. Then I have a weird thought: these types of books tend to preach the the choir. People who aren’t interested living a green life probably wouldn’t pick them up. People who buy and read this type of book most likely already have one foot in the green door. So the question is how to promote green books to people who have not shown strong interest in the topic.

  2. David says:

    If one person picks up a book, then we have done our job of spreading the news. Gotta think small!