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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Almost Amish book club!

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
life:

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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34 comments:

Lizzie Bordello said...

While I'm a little leery of the God stuff, I'll give it a try and read along with you! My library has two copies, and I am one of two requests (how fun would it be if the other request was another of your readers?!?), so I should have it in time for your mid-September start!

Ruth Dixon said...

My library has it, so put me on the list. I will not focus too much on the religious stuff (I'm spiritual not religious) but I am trying hard to live a simpler, quieter life.

Melissa said...

As your other commenters have noted, I lean toward spiritual and not religious...I also don't know much about the book beyond what you've stated here, so I'm not sure how deep she dives into religion. That being said, we're moving and with this move is the intention to learn a different, more back-to-basics way of living. So, yes! I'll participate! I love a good challenge and will be happy to challenge myself with you and your other readers :) plus, it'll give me something to write about on my blog ;)

Crunchy Chicken said...

I have the same reservations. My plan is to secularize the discussion as much as possible. I'll probably touch on religion in the spirituality section a little, but since I'm agnostic I won't be focusing on it much.

As a reader, if you're religious, you'll be getting more out of it than others, but that's not the focus of the book club - it's to simplify and get more into back-to-basics. You can still have community and neighborliness without religion. So, we'll be going in that direction.

Hope that helps clarify! I was almost going to add that to the original post.

Lisa Zahn said...

I put a hold on this at the library so I'll join in.

Semo Farmgirl said...

I want to join in,I usually just modify any religious portions to adapt to my chosen beliefs and irregardless this book intrigues me.

Stephanie Depuy said...

I would be interested

Michelle Culpepper said...

Count me in!

jesslynnwarren said...

Me too!

Tina said...

I'd love to follow along!

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Sounds interesting and my local library has a copy available, too. I'll join in!

String Theory said...

I am interested in following along. I am starting a new job, so not sure how that's going to be. I do always enjoy reading about you and the readers' experiences of challenges.

Heather Williams said...

Just requested my copy from the library... looks like something I would be interested in, though like you, I am agnostic. Most will still be applicable to my life though.

Amy Cardinal said...

I have it on hold at the library too. I think this would be great to do in the format of a book club with other women. Thanks for the offer

Jen B-K said...

Downloaded (ironically) and ready to go.

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting and would love to try. Thanks, Mary

Lanie Fox said...

Count me in! --Lanie Fox

Pa-Dutch-Travel said...

Yes, I would love to participate. This is on my list to read.

Austin Elaine said...

Borrowed it on my Kindle from the library! I'm in.

Donna Jo said...

I will give it a go!

Crunchy Chicken said...

Alright, everybody! I've also gotten a ton of interest on Facebook, so this should (hopefully) be a very active book club.

I just picked up my copy of the book from the library today and will post something in the next week or so as an introductory kick-off book club post to get us started.

Stay tuned!

Bonnie Thayer said...

The town where I am has a very small library, and I have to buy a library card because I live in the country so I went excessive and bought it for my Kindle. I'm going to do better, I just know it! Open to reading what the author has to say about religion and always have an open mind. Just don't want to be preached at.

Kani Brams said...

I'm in!

Anonymous said...

I just ordered this from the library, before I saw your post. I'm in!

Anonymous said...

I just bought this book and haven't started it yet. Count me in.
Stacy

Crunchy Chicken said...

Yay for random acts of coincidence!

simplybeingmum.com said...

Think I'd like to join in... Jo

sarabytheseason said...

I'm in - I read the book last year, but I'd love to discuss it with everybody else.

Sandra said...

I'd love to participate!

Autumn said...

Looks interesting - just ordered a copy at the library.

rose l said...

Would also love to participate!

The Panama-Mama said...

I'm in!

alke said...

I'll follow you again, count me in!

MJ Shellabarger said...

I'm enjoying it so far. Only to third chapter but it's an interesting and fast read.

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