First published in 1981, this is perhaps one of the first books that dealt with a topic that has later become a bit more popular and widespread (well, in relative terms). The idea is to live a life that is simple enough when it comes to our overall consumption patterns (i.e., outwardly), but very rich inwardly. Perhaps because, as I mentioned, this is one of the original books on the topic, it spends a considerable amount of time (indeed, pretty much the whole book) explaining the overall idea of voluntary simplicity and trying to sell us into the whole concept. There is little practical information on how to achieve a simple life, though. For that sort of information, Jim Merkel's "Radical Simplicity" is without a doubt far more useful....Continua
Our world is become more and more complicated. Many people have begun to search for a simpler lifestyle. If "Simplify your Life" by Elaine st. James is the practical book of simplicity. "Voluntary Simplicity" is the basic theory.
This books starts with definitions and reasons for simplicity. "At the heart of the Simple Life is an emphasis on harmonious and purposeful living." It also discuss the necessity of Ecological living.
From the quoting of people living the simple life. We can have a general idea what most people think of simple life.
The Philosophy of simplicity talking about the essential elements of a simple life. It relates simplicity to three issues, consumption, communication and work.
Civilization is in transition, if we want to continue without ecological catastrophe, we need civilization revitalization which the author think voluntary simplicity is the way.
Anyone who wants to live more simply should read this book. It put together ideas of voluntary simplicity in an integrated way....Continua