- File Size: 1476 KB
- Print Length: 342 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009RNWZRW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Living Deliberately: Your Guide to a Ridiculously Awesome Life Kindle Edition
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Now, about the book! It's always fascinating to hear the stories of how families are leaving the average behind. What Rachel is able to do however, is to weave her own family's experiences into practical lessons for the rest of us. Each chapter is based on a key principle or lesson.
One particular principle that resonates strongly with me is evaluating your priorities. Rachel discusses living in Alaska and knowing that they were going to leave, they just didn't know where. So they looked at what their priorities were as a family to make the decision.
Another brilliant concept is what Rachel refers to as the "exchange rate". It's basically what you're trading your time and energy for. Another hard hitting but necessary review we all must do.
Overall, this book is a great read. Be ready to get introspective and jot a bunch of notes however! Ideally, this book will push you into doing what you've always wanted. If it's thinking differently and taking your family to live abroad, then there's no better teacher than Rachel and this book!
This is NOT something you can read quickly, think about glibly, and move on.
What the Dennings have written WILL make you think, and some of that process will absolutely take you time to ponder.
You will find yourself asking the tough questions about your life - where you are, where you would like to be, and whether or not you are courageous enough to get there - and you may just find yourself inspired to make some major life changes. Their life changes focus on travel, and I hope mine will too - but the process they walk you through can apply to any major "life reboot", such as a change in career, deciding to have (more) children in the family, and so on. (For me, because slow travel is becoming my dream, this book went really well with _The New Global Student_ by Maya Frost; the Dennings' book helps me analyze the mental preparation for making a jump, and the latter encourages me as I consider the specifics of travel-as-education.)
This book is a MUST BUY if you want to live an awesome life.
But seriously, If you have read Tim Ferris, Seth Godin or Chris Guillebeau and dream of living life on your terms and being free to travel the world, then this book is definitely for you. Get it! You won't regret it!
I am lucky enough to have spent a little time with the authors. They have opened my eyes to what a wonderful life this can be when you live deliberately. They are sure to inspire you--not only because of their words, but also their examples. They live these principles. To me, that fact is what truly inspires. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a seemingly "impossible" dream. They will show you that your dreams are possible when you live deliberately. They are among the most deliberate people I know. That gives them credibility in my mind.