- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345519841
- ISBN-13: 978-0345519849
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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Robbins, best-selling author and heir to the Baskin Robbins family, walked away from a fortune only to lose most of his own money in Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme. As the author of the bestselling Diet for a New America, Robbins championed planet-friendly food and became a popular lecturer, talk-show guest, and feature of the hit documentary, Supersize Me. Now he taps his razor sharp insights and social consciousness to argue that, when it comes to not just our food but also our bank accounts, homes, and other aspects of our lives, bigger is not always best. Chapters like "Eating Better, Spending Less" and "Choosing Where to Live" combine research and case studies with Robbins' own personal experience, redefining our notions of a successful life and lending credibility to his own claims of enlightenment. While we may not choose to live like Thoreau on a remote island (as Robbins did), this examination will make us consider how our consumer choices impact our family and, perhaps, society as a whole.
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“There is today a profound hunger for precisely the information, the advice, and the perspectives in The New Good Life. I can think of few people with the authority to speak about the benefits of a leaner, wiser, healthier way of living. The literature on frugal, simple, conscious living is extensive—now and throughout the American story—but John Robbins brings so many unique talents and perspectives that his book is sure to be a bestseller and a best-loved resource.”—Vicki Robin, co-author of Your Money or Your Life
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"Better life" to me means healthier and happier, woven together with care for other people, animals, and our earth. In his life and in this book, John Robbins shows how it can be done. Every step he advises, he has taken himself.
I appreciate that he devoted a large segment of the book to "healing your relationship with money." So many people have little idea where their money actually goes, while others (both rich and poor) are lost in the illusion that "more money" is the answer to their problems. His lessons about making peace with money are wise indeed.
Many of the findings in this book have been reported elsewhere, but by bringing them together in an integrated way, Robbins paints a positive and possible picture of how to live. This is a book about today, neither a romanticized idyll of an easier past nor a prediction of a technologically-driven salvation in the future. It asks you to think hard about whether to have children, and how to guide them in an advertisement-crazed culture. Balancing alarming facts with inspiring ideas and examples of people who have made wise life choices, Robbins made this a deeply readable book.
Buy this book. Buy extra copies and give them to people you love, especially young people starting out in life.
The author examines our culture and the values it's based upon, exposing a good many cracks in the lining along the way. It's no surprise that the American version of success is often measured not by health and happiness but by financial wealth.
Unfortunately it's usually at the expense of little things like personal contentment, family time, spirituality, the health of the planet and those living on it. As Robbins concludes, a preoccupation with money and possessions is not only unhealthy, it can drain the true joy from life. I don't know about you but I'm opting for plan B.
Robbins spells out his prescription for what he calls the New Good Life in great detail. But rather than waxing didactic, his instructive suggestions are based on a combination of personal experience and research. The reader is invited to adopt those that make sense - I personally found some great ideas that really connected with, while others I just skimmed through.
I took this last paragraph from Robbins' description:
`The New Good Life provides much-needed hope and comfort in a time of fear and uncertainty. Here is everything you need to develop high-joy, low-cost solutions to life's challenges. Practical and inspiring, this book equips you with the skills needed not only to survive but to thrive in these challenging times.'
Or in short, this book is perfectly timed and highly recommended!
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Wealth will be measured in the near future by our contribution to community and family, our ability to work with our hands, or heal, or ...Our value will be in how much leisure we have and how healthy we are, how we get along with very little and how we contribute to the lives of others. That is in essence the New Good Life.