Hot Best Seller

Living Slower: Simple Ideas to Eliminate Excess and Make Time for What Matters

Availability: Ready to download

In an increasingly complex and chaotic world, we yearn to live a little slower, a little simpler. For popular lifestyle blogger Merissa A. Alink, living slower has enabled her to eat healthier, develop stronger relationships with her friends and family, save money by spending less, and have more "in-real-life" time with her kids instead of more screen time. It has given her In an increasingly complex and chaotic world, we yearn to live a little slower, a little simpler. For popular lifestyle blogger Merissa A. Alink, living slower has enabled her to eat healthier, develop stronger relationships with her friends and family, save money by spending less, and have more "in-real-life" time with her kids instead of more screen time. It has given her family more time to plant gardens, can produce, and sit down to wholesome, home-cooked meals. It has allowed her to do what is needed rather than what is expected. Now she shares the secrets to living a simpler, slower life with anyone who is tired of feeling anxious, frenzied, or disconnected from the natural rhythms of life. She helps you reevaluate your priorities, seek God first, and take small steps toward a life more in line with your values, including decluttering to create space in your home and your mind, making simple and healthy meals, taking a weekly Sabbath, limiting the influence of media, and taking time to nurture your most important relationships.


Compare

In an increasingly complex and chaotic world, we yearn to live a little slower, a little simpler. For popular lifestyle blogger Merissa A. Alink, living slower has enabled her to eat healthier, develop stronger relationships with her friends and family, save money by spending less, and have more "in-real-life" time with her kids instead of more screen time. It has given her In an increasingly complex and chaotic world, we yearn to live a little slower, a little simpler. For popular lifestyle blogger Merissa A. Alink, living slower has enabled her to eat healthier, develop stronger relationships with her friends and family, save money by spending less, and have more "in-real-life" time with her kids instead of more screen time. It has given her family more time to plant gardens, can produce, and sit down to wholesome, home-cooked meals. It has allowed her to do what is needed rather than what is expected. Now she shares the secrets to living a simpler, slower life with anyone who is tired of feeling anxious, frenzied, or disconnected from the natural rhythms of life. She helps you reevaluate your priorities, seek God first, and take small steps toward a life more in line with your values, including decluttering to create space in your home and your mind, making simple and healthy meals, taking a weekly Sabbath, limiting the influence of media, and taking time to nurture your most important relationships.

30 review for Living Slower: Simple Ideas to Eliminate Excess and Make Time for What Matters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Hand

    Did you ever hear the saying: the more I hurry, the more I get behind? I think that saying may be Pennsylvania Dutch. If that is you, consider reading this book. There are many things touched on in this book. It is best read front to back. Slowly, of course. I would suggest praying before or during the early chapters of this book. Why? Books seems to speak to me, in a deeper way, when I do so. It is good to remember that there is no perfect way to experience Living Slower. The author does not gi Did you ever hear the saying: the more I hurry, the more I get behind? I think that saying may be Pennsylvania Dutch. If that is you, consider reading this book. There are many things touched on in this book. It is best read front to back. Slowly, of course. I would suggest praying before or during the early chapters of this book. Why? Books seems to speak to me, in a deeper way, when I do so. It is good to remember that there is no perfect way to experience Living Slower. The author does not give checklists, pep-talks, etc. The authentic sharing is a life and family story of living in a counter-cultural Christian way. I live that way, daily and am eager to read and reread this book. Sometimes, I add a little humor to our family life, laugh and say we are living a 1970's economic life as a Christian family. Who knows if our American society is going back to that? At any rate, someone has to mention that there is another way to live to the rest of us. A meaningful life is more important than a distracted, rushed life. It will always be a struggle to slow down. This book gives you and I some things to consider in how to live life on a slower, deeper level. Every little bit helps!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Do you constantly feel rushed, even when you’re doing nothing, and just blame it on living in this modern world? While there is a lot going on all around us, we don’t have to let ourselves get carried away with the busyness so much that we lose the peaceful, slow moments that let us connect with our loved ones on a deeper level. I’ve followed Merissa at Little House Living for awhile and love her blog, so when I saw she was coming out with a new book, I knew I wanted to get a copy. She shares her Do you constantly feel rushed, even when you’re doing nothing, and just blame it on living in this modern world? While there is a lot going on all around us, we don’t have to let ourselves get carried away with the busyness so much that we lose the peaceful, slow moments that let us connect with our loved ones on a deeper level. I’ve followed Merissa at Little House Living for awhile and love her blog, so when I saw she was coming out with a new book, I knew I wanted to get a copy. She shares her family’s story and practical tips (and even recipes!) to help you and your family go from always being rushed to being able to slow down and savor your life, even the everyday parts like changing diapers or washing the dishes. One of my favorite quotes from her book is: “Living slower does not mean having a boring life. It just means that we are more intentional with our time.” When we just let ourselves be carried away with everything going on around us, we can end up letting life “happen” to us instead of curating a life filled with things that help us grow closer to God and to our families. If you would like to live a slower life that’s more focused on the things that matter to you, I would recommend checking out this book and Merissa’s blog as well!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angie Marie

    I loved this book. It speaks to all aspects of my life right now! Merissa does a great job breaking down the best way to live a much simpler and slower life without making you feel overwhelmed. I like that she suggests to put the book down whenever you need to work on a certain chapter. I especially appreciated that this is a God centered book. This book is for anyone who is ready to make more time for what matters in their lives, as time is precious and we waste so much of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janelle G

    There was no new information in this book that isn’t already floating around in other books on simplifying. However, Merissa does a good job of explaining why it is beneficial as a Christian to examine your lifestyle and simplify life. It is a way of serving your family and those around you. She doesn’t give you much for prescriptive steps to simplify your life but instead gives examples from her own life and poses questions for you to contemplate and act from your own answers. Reading the book There was no new information in this book that isn’t already floating around in other books on simplifying. However, Merissa does a good job of explaining why it is beneficial as a Christian to examine your lifestyle and simplify life. It is a way of serving your family and those around you. She doesn’t give you much for prescriptive steps to simplify your life but instead gives examples from her own life and poses questions for you to contemplate and act from your own answers. Reading the book reminded me a lot of the reasoning behind the Mennonite cookbook More with Less. I would definitely recommend the book to spark thought into why you want to simplify and to help construct your “why” for simplifying life. If you are looking for a check list of things to do in order to simplify life then this book is probably not what you are looking for.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Silva

    In an easy-to-read format, Merissa shares so many good ideas on how to simplify various areas of your life so that you have time to devote to what you truly value. Some of these areas include decluttering, meal planning, scheduling, and holidays. She encourages you to live slower and more simply so that you are able to seek the kingdom of God first by loving God and loving others. I have already started incorporating some of her ideas and I am planning to read the book again in order to incorpor In an easy-to-read format, Merissa shares so many good ideas on how to simplify various areas of your life so that you have time to devote to what you truly value. Some of these areas include decluttering, meal planning, scheduling, and holidays. She encourages you to live slower and more simply so that you are able to seek the kingdom of God first by loving God and loving others. I have already started incorporating some of her ideas and I am planning to read the book again in order to incorporate more!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I found this book to be interesting and challenging. Merissa offers a good argument for and helpful tips on how to implement a slower, more minimalist lifestyle, reminding people to evaluate each activity of life and deliberately select those activities you choose to include in your life based on the value that activity adds to your life. She applies the same approach to possessions, keeping only those things that have value and usefulness to life so as to not have to take care of a large volume I found this book to be interesting and challenging. Merissa offers a good argument for and helpful tips on how to implement a slower, more minimalist lifestyle, reminding people to evaluate each activity of life and deliberately select those activities you choose to include in your life based on the value that activity adds to your life. She applies the same approach to possessions, keeping only those things that have value and usefulness to life so as to not have to take care of a large volume of stuff that is of little use to us and keeps us from meeting our goals in life. While I'm fairly certain I'll never come close to her level of minimalizing, I appreciated the challenge as well as the reminder to "set your affections on things above" and be deliberate in my choices, rather than fall into default mode as is so often the case.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    As someone who isn’t religious any longer, I still think it’s important for people to read this book. I have a similar personality to the author and although I wasn’t blessed with adopting like I had originally hoped. I was given one natural child. We love to garden and enjoy nature. I preserve food and we have allergies and dietary needs that prevent us from eating some ‘regular’ foods. I understand how the author felt to write out some things that happened that had to grow their family in a be As someone who isn’t religious any longer, I still think it’s important for people to read this book. I have a similar personality to the author and although I wasn’t blessed with adopting like I had originally hoped. I was given one natural child. We love to garden and enjoy nature. I preserve food and we have allergies and dietary needs that prevent us from eating some ‘regular’ foods. I understand how the author felt to write out some things that happened that had to grow their family in a better direction and she gives so many great points on how to live in slower more sustainable lifestyle and ultimately improves the health and happiness in the home. My takeaway as I already follow so many of these things is to not worry about the subjects I wanted to teach my child as we can never seem to get to it. I should just focus on the ones that truly matter for her.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Juett

    Practical tips and a soul rejuvenating message. Like the author, I spent many years striving, consuming, trying to do “it all” and have spent the last few years slowing down and living more intentionally. Even though I had seen or heard some of the tips, the way the author presented them was fresh, down to earth, and heartfelt…like they were being shared by a friend while we were sitting on the front porch drinking fresh lemonade. Whether you are new to the idea of living slower or farther along Practical tips and a soul rejuvenating message. Like the author, I spent many years striving, consuming, trying to do “it all” and have spent the last few years slowing down and living more intentionally. Even though I had seen or heard some of the tips, the way the author presented them was fresh, down to earth, and heartfelt…like they were being shared by a friend while we were sitting on the front porch drinking fresh lemonade. Whether you are new to the idea of living slower or farther along on the journey, this book will brings insight, encouragement, and practical tips.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    I loved the examples given for ways to integrate slowing down into my life. This is a great read. I'm a busy mom with young children, and this was a great reminder to find easy ways to relieve some of the mental stress that runs through my mind as a mom. The real life examples have been easy for me to find ways to integrate into my day to day life. I've followed this author for a number of years at Little House Living, and she does a great job of sharing her story and how this has made a differe I loved the examples given for ways to integrate slowing down into my life. This is a great read. I'm a busy mom with young children, and this was a great reminder to find easy ways to relieve some of the mental stress that runs through my mind as a mom. The real life examples have been easy for me to find ways to integrate into my day to day life. I've followed this author for a number of years at Little House Living, and she does a great job of sharing her story and how this has made a difference for her.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Neal

    This was not what I expected, but I loved it. My favorite chapters were the ones on decluttering, and slowing down. Practical advice. We could all benefit from living life a little slower.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erica Lucas

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Day

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hazzard

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lee Reed

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  17. 4 out of 5

    April Mims

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chaima

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angela Dasner

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Teare

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  23. 4 out of 5

    SW

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  25. 5 out of 5

    MC Roberts (Disappear In Ink)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Kiefer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Jackson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tena

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina Everett

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...