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About the Author

Mark Tabbhas authored and coauthored over twenty books, including "Living with Less, the Upside of Downsizing Your Life "(B&H), and the 2004 Gold Medallion finalist, "Out of the Whirlwind "(B&H). He also collaborated with Stephen Baldwin on the "New York Times" bestseller, "The Unusual Suspect" (FaithWords). Mark is currently working with Alec Baldwin on his book, "A Promise to Ourselves "(St. Martin s Press).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805432965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805432961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Because this book's title, Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life, implies it will provide specific help for readers who want to "cut back," it is only fair to begin a review of it by pointing out what the book does not give readers. There are no financial budgeting systems by which to earn less money while still meeting expenses for daily life; there are no time management plans by which to add hours to your day for leisure time and cultural activities while still living up to your family and job responsibilities; and there are no magic formulas by which you can relax more while still staying faithful to an exercise regime for good health. This book doesn't cover pragmatic solutions for today's world.

Instead, Tabb explores how to enhance one's personal character by developing humility, cutting back to a slower pace, and enhancing a sense of servitude to others. The value of this book is that it causes individuals to question what is of genuine merit in their lives. Tabb makes some good points about how we need to listen more to other people, share more, teach more, love more, and appreciate more. He quotes everyone from Solomon to Dave Barry in making the point that accumulating "stuff" is not the secret of happiness.

My recommendation is not to read the book in one or two sittings, as I did, because of its repetition of theme and examples. However, reading one chapter every week or so can provide perspective regarding the need to pull back a bit from the hectic antics of our break-neck-speed world. Even the Bible tells us to "be temperate in all things." -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
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In Living with Less, Mark Tabb gives his reader a chiropractic priority adjustment. It is a guide for how to invest your most precious resource: life. As a mid-lifer, I found it helpful to evaluate some past decisions in light of current priorities and to consider some mid course corrections. But I also found some chapters that I want my young adult sons to read.

Tabb writes, with a friendly, comfortable tone. The book reads like a conversation between friends. And like a friend, Tabb gets direct at times. Not drill sergeant direct, but he doesn't pull any punches either. I found the book did a great job of organizing things I knew to be true, but hadn't necessarily thought through.

Thanks Mark, for connecting the dots for me.
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I was disappointed by 'Living with Less' because I was hoping for a book that would give me some very specific applications on downsizing my life - from a biblical perspective. Instead, what I got was really a book about following the things that really matter to your life and to Christ. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that. But there are a great many authors and books that do that in a much deeper and more complete way. I reccomend "Don't Waste Your Life" by John Piper and "The Cross Centered Life" by CJ Mahaney. Just be aware that this book will NOT include a whole lot of instructions on "Living with Less."
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The day I opened up the book "Living With Less..." I was not in the mood to review or read any book much less a book talking about living with less! BUT after I began reading... from the very first page I was a captive audience member! This book was talking about me and so many other folks like me. As I read my spirit began to lift, a smile slowly took over my face, and a light-bulb went on in my head or over my head, I don't know which, but I got it! It all made perfect sense! Did I need or does anyone need all the clutter we have in our lives? Did owning more stuff mean I was successful? I learned from this well-written, thought provoking book that the answer was a resounding 'NO' to both of these questions!

This is a must read! Reading it just makes you feel so darn good about what you already have in your life! Good Job!

H. Renay Anderson

Author of "The After Party - Why Women Wear Shoes They Know Will Eventually Hurt Their Feet", Mystery Book Editor for Bella Online, BBW Reviewer, and EuroReviewer
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You need to know that this is a book about Christianity, which I did not realize when I bought it. No problem, as I am a Christian, but I was surprised by the content once I started reading. It was a good thing. I was looking for advice on reining in our materialistic lives, and I found it here. He does not make the reader feel bad if they are not dirt poor, but makes very lucid suggestions for how to live your life with or without financial means. This is a great follow-up to Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life (still the best Christian life guide I have ever read).
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I read this book after reading a number of books on simple living, particularly from a Christian perspective, and perhaps that's why I found it less compelling than the other reviewers. I really felt that this book only skimmed the surface of the value of simplicity, so for me, was not a helpful resource at all. I became annoyed at the way the author endlessly quotes brand names (did he get commissions from Best Buy stores?) and relied heavily on a theology of a highly interventionist God.

It's easy reading thouh, almost like a sermon series, and if you are caught in a busy, materialist lifestyle it would be helpful, and fun to read. However, if, like me, you are already living simply and are looking for something to give you further inspiration, this is probably not the book for you,
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