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Zen Habits: Handbook For Life Paperback – January 14, 2009
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What separates Leo from many of the others in the simplicity movement is the very practical nature of the information he provides. His is not just another paen to the complexity of modern society together with a tired refrain for the need to simplify, but an instruction manual, a recipe for simplicity. Though much of it is intuitive and the core message can be reduced to a couple of sentences, he does have the value-add of what I believe to be a coach who not only inspires, but also practices what he preaches.
If you believe simplicity to be the antidote to your modern funk, and you are ready to act, not just whine, then I recommend this book (or any of his others -- they are all pretty much the same book) as a recipe for your battle with the soul-sucking energy draining monster that is clutter (virtual, emotional, and physical). Additionally I would recommend "Less" by Marc Lesser as a spiritual guide for your journey.
Ironically, Lesser is a practicing Zen priest and his book fits the title of "Zen Habits" much better than this book does. In a world of fair labeling this book would be called "Less" and Lesser's book would be called "Zen Habits". My advice would be to swap the dust-jackets so you actually know what you're getting into when you pull these books off your shelves.
You could get all these posts by reviewing the blog's archive, but like a college professor said to me last week, there's something to be said for having information in a book that you can hold in your hand, keep on a desk for random reading, and give to others. I liked this book, and plan on picking it up often.
He has the knack of saying exactly what I need to hear, exactly when I need to hear it.
I own this book, which is a little gem, as well as another of his.
I find his thoughtful, sincere, real comments and suggestions to be priceless.
He seems to cut to the bottom line of most things - much like the boy in The Emperor's New Clothes, he sweeps aside all the crap we've been taught to buy into and shines a light just where we need it.
To learn more about his outlook, you may wish to subscribe to his blog, zenhabits.