I recently heard about this book, Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life (2012) and decided to put it on hold at the library.
In it, the author of the book, Nancy Sleeth, talks about how she tried to reduce her and her family's reliance on technology and get back to a simpler lifestyle. Along the way, she explains how she went about making conscious choices to limit and/or eliminate technology's hold on her life and how getting back to basics can lead to "calmer, more focused, less harried lives".
She focuses 10 chapters on 10 different areas of
1. Home - simplifying and decluttering
2. Technology - reducing time spent
3. Finances - saving more and spending less
4. Nature - time spent enjoying outdoors
5. Simplicity - keeping things small and local
6. Service - reaching out to others
7. Security - self-sufficiency and hard work
8. Community - knowing your neighbors and local businesses
9. Family - growing relationships with family
10. Faith - spirituality and life*
I was thinking that, rather than reading it all with my by myself, some of you might want to read along with me and discuss and try to implement some changes that coincide with the book chapters. For each section, I will pose some challenges for you to do. I had mentioned doing another Buy Nothing challenge, but the financial section would cover that as well. And, it's been a looooong time since I attempted a book club.
So, I was thinking about 2 months for the book club. That gives us enough time to read the chapters as well as make some changes in our own lives. I plan on starting sometime mid-September to allow time for you to get a copy of the book, either from the library or on Kindle or however you want to do it.
If you are interested in participating, please leave your name in the comments so I can get an idea of how many people are interested in actively participating or just following along. Either on here or on Facebook!
*For clarification on the religious elements of this book, see my comment to this post below...
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