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Simple Prosperity reads like a well-loved novel, engaging and educational. David Wann offers creative solutions to the challenges of over- consumption and makes it a thoroughly enjoyable read. -- Jill Cloutier, Producer, Sustainable World Radio, KCSB
This book can help you reassess your goals. Our overconsumptive lifestyle is out of sync with our real values, says David Wann, and we can find greater contentment by creating vibrant communities, right-sizing our homes, valuing our time, and nurturing our health. Debra Jones, Sierra Magazine
Living a life that is outwardly simple while inwardly rich could well be the great challenge of the 21st century. Wann provides an accessible road map. Rebecca Jones, Rocky Mountain News
Simple Prosperity outlines a different vision for American society. A society that focuses on wealth in community and health and love instead of monetary wealth. Simple Prosperity gives thought on HOW to take a step back from the massive amounts consuming and advertising and find your own brand of happiness. A Deeper Green Blog
I shut the back cover of Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle and slid it into my library bag. It was an interesting read: more affirming than eye opening, more a map than a book. Throughout Simple Prosperity, David Wann directs us along a road toward a more meaningful life - one that we build instead of buy. He points out the pitfalls, jots down directions to the scenic back roads and promises a worthwhile destination - a well-lived life. Green Bean Dreams blog
Wann poses a very provocative question: If the lifestyle we've been leading is making a mess of the environment, using up many of the world's resources and leaving us queasy as a culture, why not just move on to something else? The strongest feature of Simple Prosperity is its ability to direct us in understanding who we are and what we want, resulting in a greater sense of clarity and direction. --Bette Erickson, Boulder Daily Camera
With some economic hard times erupting in addition to the environmental challenges that are beginning to hit the fan, here is a book that looks at the bright side of cutting back. With Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle, David Wann, co-author of Affluenza, wants to turn the American Dream on its head--from a focus on the accumulation of wealth to the dream of investing in things that really matter: communities. "social capital," wellness, and a better way of life. And all this works in tandem with cuttinig energy use, localizing our neighborhoods, and foregoing our dependence on fossil fuels. -- Less is More Blog
The idea that overconsumption is a fundamental problem, not solution, in the maintenance of a healthy economy and planet is not a new idea, but I’ve never heard it articulated so clearly and succinctly before as in Simple Prosperity - and it is already helping me to think about things in a new light. -- Mark Wagner blog,
"This is a valuable and concise digest of much that we've figured out in recent years, about health, stress, joy, community. The only thing it won't tell you how to do is make more money; instead, it will let you see that you may already have enough."--Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy
"Perhaps the highest compliment one writer can give another is 'I wish I’d said that!' David Wann has woven together all the right stuff to make a compelling and appealing case for the abundance of enough and the poverty of more. He stands firmly with one foot in the intimate details of daily life and the other in the shocking details of the degradation of healthy ecosystems and communities. Both the appeal of a better personal life and the horror of what will be upon us if we don’t act should get us all on the Simple Prosperity bandwagon."--Vicki Robin, coauthor YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE, cofounder CONVERSATION CAFES
"Dave Wann's recipes from his own experience in Simple Prosperity are a breath of fresh air, and just what we need for a saner future. They include ideas, sound research and down-to-earth advice we can all use. This book is also much more: a friendly, personal guidebook for living a more enjoyable, healthy, loving life."--Hazel Henderson, author, Ethical Markets: Growing The Green Economy
"If ever there was a right book at the right time, Simple Prosperity is it. This country needs this book."--Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute, author of Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble.
DAVID WANN is the author of many books, including the bestselling Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, which he co-authored. He lives in Golden, Colorado.
The book I recieved looked like I had swung by Barnes and Noble and picked up a brand new copy.
Simple Prosperity picks up where Affluenza left off and shows us how we can make a change for the better and increase our quality of life.
Granted, Wann's writing style is much more academic than it should be for a book with this target audience.
Another excellent book from David Wann. I also highly recommend "The New Normal" from the same author. A must read...Published 2 months ago by Eric Smith
This book though repetitive, touches on some undeniable truths. It speaks about life, values, and the current and previous ways of living in a manner that forces you to truly... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Neva C. Avery
I really did like the ideas Wann put into this book, but I really didn't feel like he needed 300 pages to get his point across. Frankly, I was a little overwhelmed!Published 20 months ago by emclarinet
I needed this text last minute for a seminar, and was glad to find it at such low cost. The book I recieved looked like I had swung by Barnes and Noble and picked up a brand new... Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by Aend4ever
I have been enjoying 'Simple Prosperity' for a little more than a year now. I appreciate how simple, yet so cleverly expressed! And amusing. Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by Jen Tzu
The author takes direct aim at the propensity of the public to purchase a preponderance of products providing huge profits for the large corporation with pirate like executives... Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by J. Meisenbacher
I thought this was a great book! Its perfect for anyone who is trying to lead a more fulfilling, sustainable lifestyle or for seasoned sustainable lifestyle people who need... Read morePublished on April 26, 2009 by Joy
David Wann's "Simple Prosperity" is a good introduction to simplifying your life.
In 17 chapters, the author provides an interesting framework for living more richly as... Read more
Maybe the publishers do it - but this book echo's so many of other books* in the same genre. I think it must be the age group and class as Harold Roth (review below) alludes to as... Read morePublished on November 19, 2008 by Sheckinah