Of the over one hundred books I read last year, only two were non-fiction. Both books have something in common - they explore what it means to have enough and live with less stuff.
The Grace of Enough, by Haley Stewart, looks at the spiritual effects that the pursuit of trying to obtain more and more things has on ones life. The time and effort to acquire and maintain these can impact our relationships with family, friends, and, mostly importantly, God. In each chapter she explores ways to live more intentionally, with less, and develop and nurture your relationships. The book was inspired by the year Haley and her family lived on a farm in a 650 square foot apartment with no flush toilet.
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders is the story of the author's year of not buying anything other than consumables - groceries, toiletries, and gas for her car. She was inspired to attempt this when, after getting herself out of consumer debt of over $30,000, she was returning to the same bad habits that got her there in the first place. Her story explores her use of shopping, alcohol and food to deal with emotionally difficult situations.
Both books are thought provoking and offer insight into a living a life of enough in culture where bigger, newer and more is thought to be the norm and ideal.
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