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Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life [Paperback]

By Mark Tabb (Author)
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Teaching the spiritual discipline of simplicity in the tradition of Richard Foster, Tabb declares that the only way to get more out of a life is to chose less stuff, less activity, and less wanting more.

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Mark Tabb won't ignore the facts about the hectic pace of modern life that we are, ironically, often too tired to acknowledge and change. In his candid and spiritually insightful Living with Less, he declares, "The only way to get more out of life is to choose less. Less stuff. Less activity. Less wanting more. . . . May God give us the courage to choose less stress in order that we might experience more of the life he has planned for us."

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Studio: B&H Books
Pages   185
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805432965  
ISBN13  9780805432961  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Tabb is the author of more than twenty books, including the number one New York Times best seller Mistaken Identity and A Promise to Ourselves (with Alec Baldwin). He and his wife of over twenty-five years have three grown daughters. In addition to writing, Mark is a volunteer firefighter and serves as the chaplain for his local fire department.

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Living with God  Oct 20, 2006
I'm all for simplicity and living with less so that's why I picked up a copy of this book at the library. I was really, really disappointed to find that this was a book about living simply but with God. If I wanted a sermon, I'd go to church. If you're looking for a book about simplicity or looking to scale back I recommend Frugal Living for Dummies, The Everything Budgeting Book, Living the Simple Life or The Joy of Simple Living.
Skimming the surface - but a good introduction  Oct 11, 2006
I read this book after reading a number of books on simple living, particularly from a Christian perspective, and perhaps that's why I found it less compelling than the other reviewers. I really felt that this book only skimmed the surface of the value of simplicity, so for me, was not a helpful resource at all. I became annoyed at the way the author endlessly quotes brand names (did he get commissions from Best Buy stores?) and relied heavily on a theology of a highly interventionist God.

It's easy reading thouh, almost like a sermon series, and if you are caught in a busy, materialist lifestyle it would be helpful, and fun to read. However, if, like me, you are already living simply and are looking for something to give you further inspiration, this is probably not the book for you,
What I needed to know and when I needed to hear it!  Feb 16, 2006
The day I opened up the book "Living With Less..." I was not in the mood to review or read any book much less a book talking about living with less! BUT after I began reading... from the very first page I was a captive audience member! This book was talking about me and so many other folks like me. As I read my spirit began to lift, a smile slowly took over my face, and a light-bulb went on in my head or over my head, I don't know which, but I got it! It all made perfect sense! Did I need or does anyone need all the clutter we have in our lives? Did owning more stuff mean I was successful? I learned from this well-written, thought provoking book that the answer was a resounding 'NO' to both of these questions!

This is a must read! Reading it just makes you feel so darn good about what you already have in your life! Good Job!

H. Renay Anderson
Author of "The After Party - Why Women Wear Shoes They Know Will Eventually Hurt Their Feet", Mystery Book Editor for Bella Online, BBW Reviewer, and EuroReviewer
Spiritual side of scaling back  Feb 10, 2006
Because this book's title, Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life, implies it will provide specific help for readers who want to "cut back," it is only fair to begin a review of it by pointing out what the book does not give readers. There are no financial budgeting systems by which to earn less money while still meeting expenses for daily life; there are no time management plans by which to add hours to your day for leisure time and cultural activities while still living up to your family and job responsibilities; and there are no magic formulas by which you can relax more while still staying faithful to an exercise regime for good health. This book doesn't cover pragmatic solutions for today's world.

Instead, Tabb explores how to enhance one's personal character by developing humility, cutting back to a slower pace, and enhancing a sense of servitude to others. The value of this book is that it causes individuals to question what is of genuine merit in their lives. Tabb makes some good points about how we need to listen more to other people, share more, teach more, love more, and appreciate more. He quotes everyone from Solomon to Dave Barry in making the point that accumulating "stuff" is not the secret of happiness.

My recommendation is not to read the book in one or two sittings, as I did, because of its repetition of theme and examples. However, reading one chapter every week or so can provide perspective regarding the need to pull back a bit from the hectic antics of our break-neck-speed world. Even the Bible tells us to "be temperate in all things." -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book
Easy Read  Jan 2, 2006
In Living with Less, Mark Tabb gives his reader a chiropractic priority adjustment. It is a guide for how to invest your most precious resource: life. As a mid-lifer, I found it helpful to evaluate some past decisions in light of current priorities and to consider some mid course corrections. But I also found some chapters that I want my young adult sons to read.

Tabb writes, with a friendly, comfortable tone. The book reads like a conversation between friends. And like a friend, Tabb gets direct at times. Not drill sergeant direct, but he doesn't pull any punches either. I found the book did a great job of organizing things I knew to be true, but hadn't necessarily thought through.

Thanks Mark, for connecting the dots for me.

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