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Ed Begley, Jr., actor and activist "Judging from the flood of public responses to the call for satisfying stories, people want fulfillment and sufficiency. What a relief for our maxed-out lives and for our maxed-out planet! Everybody finds the satisfaction of enough in different ways and this book shines a light forward on many of them. I'm glad I'm satisfied. You will be too."

Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future 
"This is the book we really need, the one that cuts to the core: firsthand stories of truly satisfied people."

Cecile Andrews, author of Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre 
"It's exhilarating to hear real stories from real people showing us fulfilling, satisfying ways to live."

Wanda Urbanska, host and coproducer of the Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska public television series 
"This book is a watershed in America's quest for national and planetary sanity."

Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters 
"Get Satisfied is a wonderful antidote to our over-stuffed and over-rushed world... we are given insight after insight into what really makes life satisfying and complete. It may not be a simpler life, though sometimes it is, but it is certainly a life in which the delight of being fully alive permeates every day and every breath."

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Recycle all those other self-help books -- this is the only one you will need. The secret to a true, deep happiness can be found in these beautifully personal stories from ordinary Americans. I was genuinely inspired after reading this book. "GET SATISFIED: How Twenty People Like You Found the Satisfaction of Enough" will help you find joy in a place that you might have forgotten to look: your own life.

ALEXANDRA PAUL

Actor and Activist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Easton Studio Press (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974380687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974380681
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very refreshing book on the simple life, proving to our society that we all can get by with less and to review our daily lives with more simplicity. This book was a culmination of personal stories very real and to the heart
warming soul of many people who are on a treadmill, with bigger homes,racing to get ahead.My compliments
to the author for coming up with this journal of real life stories and to those who took time out to contribute.
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The story of a woman who relocated from LA to Kentucky to buy 5 acres and build a 3600 square foot house with a 2400 square ft basement (she describes it as "nearly twice the space" of their previous home) for just her, her husband and 3 pets seems quite out of place in a book about "the satisfaction of enough." The first story of the woman whose house burned down didn't reflect an account of scaling back and simplifying - the family rebuilt the same house.

How were these stories chosen?!

If you want truly amazing stories of simplication and scaling back, listen to the stories of the long-term unemployed. They're the ones who should have been featured in this book, rather than the story of the IT guy voluntarily quitting his lucrative job to go live on a houseboat in San Francisco and jog all day. Really??!!
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I purchased this book a while ago. At the time I was very dissatisfied with my life and searching for something new. I had no idea what that was, but knew I wanted to unburden myself from too much stuff around me. Reading this, I saw myself in many of the stories, but especially one titled A Key to Enough.
After reading, I began to make lists of what I really wanted in life, keeping this close at hand whenever I found myself struggling to find what I was looking for. Ten months ago, I made a huge move, I downsized my life and found so much more. To each of the authors in this book I express my gratitude.
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I recently reread part of this book which I had first read almost five years ago and I again found it to be stimulating and thoughtprovoking - and fun to read. No, there aren't any specific answers given because there are no cookie-cutter rules that apply to everybody. Different individuals with different personal core values and different challenges find very different solutions in this book, as they all look for the satisfaction of enough. A fascinating chorus of twenty authentic and engaging voices!
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Please take this review with a grain of salt because I don't think I'm the "average" American at whom the book was obviously aimed (seems like that was what the "like you" in the subtitle meant). However, I bought the book expecting that it would be about people who "found the satisfaction of enough," as in the subtitle. I would say that most of the essays did describe people who have scaled back, so in that respect, if you consider that "finding the satisfaction of enough," it lived up to its claims. However, most of the authors also did not get down to simplicity to much of an extent, so the organization, "Simple Living America," becomes suspect to me. The last author was quite repulsive to me. It was an evangelical Christian ("God" and "prayers" every paragraph, please gag me) who mourned for 1 paragraph over having to get rid of his airplane and expects that the reader will share his pain over having to do so. It was really disgusting that he never once realized that 99% of his readers will not understand this or relate at all. Then in the next few paragraphs he goes into how poor he was (after having sold the plane? What happened to the proceeds?), so that he had to put items back @ the grocery store. Blech. The fact that they chose to place this essay last just colors my recollection of the entire book. Gag me.
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A quick read to get a measurement of where you are on the satisfaction scale compared to the 20 examples from real folks around the country.
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