Voluntary Simplicity

Toward A Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich

Elgin, Duane

Book - 1993
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Voluntary Simplicity
When Voluntary Simplicity was first published in 1981, it quickly became recognized as a powerful and visionary work in the emerging dialogue over sustainable ways of living. Now, more than ten years later and with many of the planet's environmental stresses having become more urgent than ever, Duane Elgin has revised and updated his revolutionary book.Voluntary Simplicity is not a book about living in poverty; it is a book about living with balance. It illuminates the pattern of changes that an increasing number of Americans are making in their everyday lives -- adjustments in day-to-day living that are an active, positive response to the complex dilemmas of our time. By embracing, either partially or totally, the tenets of voluntary simplicity -- frugal consumption, ecological awareness, and personal growth -- people can change their lives. And in the process, they have the power to change the world. First published in 1981, Voluntary Simplicity was instantly recognized as a visionary work. The New York Times called it "seminal"; the Wall Street Journal noted that it was "considered the movement's Bible." Revised in 1993 to address the trend toward downshifting, this pertinent book helps us to adjust our thoughts, habits, and goals and embrace the key elements of simplicity: frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth.

Publisher: New York : Quill, c1993
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780688121198
Branch Call Number: 179.9 E41v 1993
Characteristics: 240 p. ;,21 cm


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Voluntary Simplicity is a movement that promotes the idea that those with the most, can make do with a little less so that those with less, may have a little more.

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Mar 01, 2011
  • donovangesting rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I read the first chapter then spend the remainder of the book skimming. It reads like a elementary report of green living. This book was not helpful at all.


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