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Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World Hardcover – July 10, 2018
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"Brooke McAlary shares her recipe for living a meaningful life in her new book, Slow. After reading this book, you'll have an amazing list of ingredients that can help you create a meaningful life, too!
" - The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
"When so much of the messaging out there tells us to speed up, Brooke shows us how and why we might want to slow down. There is no one right way to do it, but it does start with noticing. Noticing what weighs you down and letting some of those things go. And noticing what leaves you feeling fulfilled and making time for more of that, instead. With the words coupled with the imagery, this book is a manifesto for what happens when you pursue a slower, simpler and more meaningful life." - Cait Flanders, author of The Year of Less
"I loved this book! It was short and sweet with many moments of brilliant and insightful ideas to live a more meaningful and thoughtful life." - Paul Jarvis
"If I could only give three words to describe Brooke McAlary's Slow, they'd be gentle, honest, and actionable . . . the perfect ingredients for a meaningful read." - Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity
"McAlary gives a much-needed gift to the chronically overcommitted with this wise self-help primer. " - Publishers Weekly
"A highly readable and attractive resource for anyone looking to slow down and decompress.
" - Library Journal - STARRED review
About the Author
She writes the blog Slow Your Home, and hosts and produces the podcast, The Slow Home Podcast. She is currently slow-travelling her way around North America with her family.
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About a third of the book is focused on owning fewer things. And while most Westerners would surely benefit from down sizing, that alone will not lead you to a slower paced life. While the author calls out fallacy of the American/Western idea that stuff equals status or success or fulfillment, she falls into a similar trap thinking that less stuff will equal contentment or peace. I was disappointed that this theme of "ebay is great - here's how to decide which items in your life are worth keeping" was so prominent and one of the very first things touched on (Declutter is Chapter 2). Meanwhile, gratitude and contentment don't get brought up until page 195, for a combined less than three pages.
I appreciated the letter to Mr. and Mrs. Jones about no longer keeping up with them, and wish the book had felt more consistent with that. Instead it was suggestions to use apps to force yourself to stay off your phone and things you can rent or borrow to save money. Not bad advice, but not what I was hoping for from a book of slow living. I expected more on peace, identity, gratitude; this reads more like frugality suggestions. There are repetitive mentions of Stephen King novels and yoga, mixed with tired metaphors (how to eat an elephant, your life/person is like a house).
The author shares that she used to be constantly glued to social media, obsessed with checking her email, and spent much time on minutia such as ironing baby clothes. This book might be helpful if that is how you live your life, but if you're familiar with slow living this won't bring much new to the table.
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I lived the practical tips sand the feeling of not needing to be perfect. I also realised that I had slowed and reflecting gave me that gift.