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The Simplicity Primer
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
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I love it! This book is filled with ideas that will help remote homesteaders, as well as people in the city. Often, we overlook the obvious or forget the basics. Patrice Lewis is an insightful writer, and through The Simplicity Primer, she helps put the details of life into prospective.

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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
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I've been a fan of Patrice's blog for quite some time now and I waited with much anticipation for the release of her book. We've been in the process of simplifying our lives for a while, but I can always use another set of eyes on what we're doing. Sometimes, what seems natural to you can only be revealed as overly complex by someone else.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2011
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Why buy this book? It is a synthesis of a great philosophy for living. Patrice Leiwis' clear and concise writing style ably adapts many principles and refines into a handy primer to simplify and streamline your lifestyle. The book is well organized and laid out. Each section treats a different area of life. Each chapter is a neat synopsis of her life experience and education. By using her experience, education and research Ms. Lewis has quantified her personal philosophy of life. We benefit from Ms. Lewis' experience to learn these hard won philosophical truths. It also has some practical real advice that is prudent for today's economic climate. You don't have to move to a farm in rural Idaho to make this work for you because all the information is easily adaptable to any life style. So buy the book and learn how to streamline your lifestyle.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
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I like this book but it's different than what I thought it would be. It's more of a collection of thoughts or suggestions rather than the practicalities of taking specific actions toward moving toward simplicity. Guess I was looking for more of a step by step manual. However, given that it's called a "primer" it has the tone of establishing one in the basic thoughts, values and perspectives that underlay moving toward a more simple life. It is more inspirational than practical.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2011
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I got this book today and started reading. Even though the book is arranged for 365 readings, you probably won't stop with one page a day...if you are like I am you'll want to keep reading to see what else Patrice has to say. I've been reading her blog and weekly column at WND for quite some time now, and she always has good insight into whatever topic she is writing about.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2011
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Unlike many books, this one offers straight forward advice, not a plan with lists or things to buy. From the professional cover to the suggested reading at the end, "The Simplicity Primer" is packed full of common sense answers to today's confusing issues.

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2011
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Everyone should read this book! There is so much to gain from Mrs.Lewis words of simple wisdom, that the world has seem to forgotten today. Things really don't need to be as complicated as we've made them. Mrs.Lewis reminds us of what use to be a simple common sense way of doing things. it was so refreshing to read her point of view and suggestions of lifes problems. One of my favorite points she makes has to do all with attitude!No matter your situation your life can be simplified! this is an easy read book, and if your anything like me, you wont want to put it down. Once you realize easy it is to change your life you'll be so excited to start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
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If you truly care for yourself -- or would like to -- read Patrice Lewis's 'Simplicity Primer'. Easy to read, not preachy, and based on old fashioned common sense, this book makes the connection between good choices and a happy, well balanced life through a series of 365 thoughtful and often times funny essays.

The best part? This author shows the reader how to be happier, and not by pushing her own lifestyle choices.

'Bloom Where You're Planted,' one of the Primer's short exerpts on meeting tough times, explains how the right attitude/approach can make a person happy. 'Don't Worry about Things that Cannot be Changed', yet another Primer example, reminds us of the simplicity found in accpetance and the subsequent happiness in looking to the positives. 'Shedding the Clutter', 'Don't Burden Your Children', and 'Men Aren't Mind Readers', do much the same, outlining sage concepts that are sadly forgotten by today's enlighted society.

So build character and build a happier, healthier you. Read and apply Patrice Lewis's, 'Simplicity Primer'. It's all the health and wellness you'll ever need!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
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The entire book consists of a collection of ideas that could be sumerized by saying "make good choices and use common sense" but in today's society, many people need to have it spelled out, and this book does it. While I don't "like" some of the suggestions, I must admit, if I did (or had) followed Ms. Lewis's advice my life would likely be much more simple.

The reason for 4 stars, and not five is that the book tries to make some complex issues too simple. Yes, being a single parent makes life more complicated, but unfortunately one cannot go purchase a new spouse at the local department store and remedy the situation. All of the suggestions are very true though: life would be much simpler if we were all willing (and able) to follow the advice of the simplicity primer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
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So many times before I've purchased a "simple" book only to find out the very way it's laid out proves the author doesn't even drink their own Kool-Aid. But the way Patrice Lewis has even laid out her book is simple. I like the insights and the fact I can read multiple entries in a single day, or go a few days before picking it up again, and I'm never lost and left fumbling through the last little bit I read to catch myself up again.

Also, the author is straightforward and unapologetic of her own views which is a nice breath of fresh air.

I figured I'd like the book (why else would I buy it?), but I'm absolutely surprised at how very much I'm enjoying it. When I finish I think I'll flip right back to the beginning and start reading it again. Simple as it is, there's a lot of wisdom to be gleaned which makes a second read through a worthwhile investment.

Spot on Ms. Lewis, Spot on. I await your next book.

Amanda
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