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The Simplicity Primer Paperback – June 7, 2011
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The description of the book on its back cover states, ". . . readers learn how a simple attitude adjustment can vastly affect their lives". I've always believed that the right attitude, along with a healthy dose of determination can work wonders!
The subtitle is "365 ideas for making life more livable". Each of the ideas gets one page, which makes it easy to read and ponder. It's not a book that requires you to carve a lot of time out of your life to read (or to implement). Just a minute or so each day is all it takes, but you'll want to read much more. The 365 ideas are divided into twelve sections. Great book! Very organized, and yes . . . Simple.
This book is full of honest, funny, and (sometimes) blunt advice about how to make the kind of choices that lead to a happier and more contented home. Each page is a complete anecdote. If you are so inclined, you could tease out your reading over the course of a full year and truly use the book as a simplicity primer.
I'll confess that I read all the way to page 30 before I could put it down and reflect a little. I'm looking forward to picking it up again in a week and continuing on my journey to a simpler life.
While I haven't finished "The Simplicity Primer", I have read enough to know that I think I'll order a few more copies to give to my two college-age children and to a nephew who is getting married this month. It has a lot of wisdom and common-sense advice that would be invaluable to young adults before they make mistakes that complicate their lives. It also has day-to-day advice for any adult--on your life, spouse, kids, home, money, career, and much more; it will be worth re-reading slowly to consider how I can apply the suggestions to my life.
The author offers a twist not often found today. How to go from being a professional in a dizzying setting, to being happy with what one has. Patrice Lewis has taken the traditional "work hard, get ahead" motto to a new level with her novel approach. By practicing what she preaches, she proves that happiness with simplicity is not only possible, but preferred.
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Lots of common sense in one place! A quick read but meaty with lots of food for thought and for implementing.Published 10 months ago by Loma W
I really, really love this book! I received it a while back as a gift from my best friend. I have no idea why I put off reading it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by marybethh
Nothing like just sayin' it
Ike it is. We as a society need more of this.
Entertaining read and it brings life's everyday questions about priorities into focus. I've not finished the entire book yet but I've already made changes in my thinking and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by SEiler
Think short term and long term before you act, and set up systems to manage your life are the basic premises of all her ideas. Common sensePublished 19 months ago by Carolleegail
I bought the book for my tablet so that I could read it on my computer. I need large print. Loved it so much that I bought 2 more paperbacks, 1 for each of our daughters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This should be required reading to all young women and old alike. Not everyone could chose this lifestyle but everyone could learn a thing or two from Patrice's experience.Published on January 31, 2014 by Barbara A
I expected this book to be written in story form but in reality each page is a complete subject. I didn't agree completely with the author, but on 99% of her suggestions I felt... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by DYAN K
This is loaded with lots of practicality. From cover to cover one can enjoy the depths of living simply by not having so many encumbrances to deal with. Easy read!Published on November 30, 2013 by Jan