- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503089029
- ISBN-13: 978-1503089020
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,220,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Cara Sue Achterberg is a freelance writer and blogger whose essays on the adventures of motherhood have been published in numerous anthologies. She teaches workshops based on Live Intentionally. You can find links to her blogs and inspiration for teen writers on her website CaraWrites.com.
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This book will help you improve the way you shop, eat, connect with your community, and even parent! It is well written, well organized, and always fun to read.
I received a free PDF copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
This is a self-improvement book with a difference. It is brim full with ideas, suggestions, and challenges for changing/choosing what you eat, how you shop, raise confident, competent, and caring children, and even how to celebrate the holidays without undoing all your hard work. Forget Earth Day; this book is all about how to live an Earth Life.
The narrative is easy to read, not patronising at all, and humorous and engaging. I love that each chapter ends with three challenges, set at three levels: Basic, Serious, and Extreme. Everything the author advises in this book, she has already incorporated into the life of her and her family. While asserting that anyone can do this, the writer acknowledges that we all have unique situations and that not all our families will be willing or supportive, and she even has advice for that.
The layout is simple to follow and in bite-sized pieces that don’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and like it’s all just too much to take on. The reader can either read this book in linear fashion or dip in and out as they wish and go to the section most relevant to them. Throughout the book, and often in humorous fashion, the author reminds us that this process is a journey and not an end goal. It is the living right now that is of utmost importance.
Quite to my surprise, I enjoyed reading this book and didn’t feel too ‘preached at’ at all. It gets a solid ten out of ten TRB stars from me, which equates to five stars on other rating scales. If you are even remotely interested in living a healthier, greener, simpler life, then definitely give this book a go.
Cara's writing style is a joy; she writes with both humor and candor about the struggles she has experienced as a mother working to raise children who learn healthy eating habits while being environmentally conscious and aware of their environmental footprints. This is not the kind of book you just read and put down. It is a resource you will return to again and again as you work to create your own goals for more intentional living.
Personally, I am resolved to start composting this year. Why haven't I done this in the past? Fear, I suppose. But then again, I was afraid to can food in fear of giving my family botulism, until Cara gave me gentle encouragement. (Now my cabinets are full of health pasta sauces that are lasting through the winter). There are many, many tips in this book that you can implement right away. Others might take longer. For example, I am no longer buying gift-wrap paper that just gets thrown away, but using (and re-using) beautiful fabric remnants I bought for super-cheap to wrap gifts I give to our family. There are cooking tips, gardening lessons,and challenges you can take on. I like that Cara invites the reader to skip around and to take on as little or as much as feels comfortable. After all, living intentionally is not a contest; it is a way to have a more meaningful and happier life. I feel better already.