Best Kindle Books to Inspire Simplicity
While the holidays can bring extra busyness into your life, they also call for a slow down. Making time at the end of the year to dream and plan and do nothing at all is so important. I especially love to read when I have extra time. Last October, I challenged myself to read 2 books a month and hope to read even more next year.
I read a combination of ebooks and print books. I was slow to move to Kindle reading because I love ink on paper, but now enjoy the advantages of a simple e-reader.
What I like most about Kindle and reading Kindle Books:
- Simplicity. Connect it to an Amazon account and charge it. That is all you have to do to take care of your Kindle. I have an older, used Kindle that my mom gave me. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a newer model, but that’s just the way I like it. Simple. (Thanks Mom!)
- Flexibility. You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can download them right to your computer or iDevice and read them with a free Kindle App.
- Affordability. Kindle books start at the low low price of FREE. With so many great authors self publishing, pricing is more affordable in most cases compared to print books.
- Ease. You can send a Kindle book as a gift just like a print book. It arrives immediately and there are no shipping costs.
- Space-saving. Picture a busy bookcase. Now imagine that it fits in the palm of your hand. I know you love your books, but what you love most about them are the stories and those can all be delivered via Kindle.
If you have a little downtime coming up or are determined to build in pockets of solitude to your holidays for reading, here are a few books you might enjoy to inspire simplicity and support your journey to live with less.
Best Kindle Books to Inspire Simplicity
Living With Less: An Unexpected Key to Happiness (Simply for Students) by Joshua Becker. In Living With Less, Joshua will guide you through biblical teachings on possessions and his own personal experience with minimalism living with only the essential. You’ll see how his life was transformed by this Jesus-centered choice that rejects the flow of our culture.
You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too by Tammy Strobel. In this book Strobel combines research on well-being with numerous real-world examples to offer practical inspiration. Her fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spells out micro-actions that anyone can take to step into a life that’s more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy.
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay. Ready to sweep away the clutter? Just open this book, and you’ll be on your way to a simpler, more streamlined, and more serene life.
Simplicity: Essays by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the two years since the authors quit their six-figure corporate jobs and embraced simpler lives, they have written more than 200 essays on the subject of simple living. Simplicity: Essays serves as a “best of” collection for their most important collaborative writings.
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. “Don’t even consider keeping up with the Joneses,” Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. “They’re broke!”
The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life by Leo Babauta. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.
The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year: How to create time, space and money by Rachel Jonat If you want to enjoy those first months and year with your new baby, if you want a relaxed and restful pregnancy, if you want less clutter and more sleep, this book is for you.
Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin. In Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin shows readers how to gain control of their money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just make a living.
My books on Kindle
I’ve written and self published three books for Kindle to help you keep things simple. Each book is available for less than a dollar through the end of 2012. If you read the books, let me know what you think and if you have questions.
Clutterfree I wrote this book with Leo Babauta from Zen Habits. Clutterfree is about creating more time and space by eliminating the clutter in your home and life. By understanding why you have so much stuff, you can start to let it go and enjoy the best that life has to offer.
Living in the Land of Enough This is a book about choice. Clearly, living in the land of plenty isn’t making anyone happier. This book demonstrates that choosing less when it comes to money, food, entertainment, and distraction leads to less stress and more happiness.
Simple Ways to Be More with Less If you have imagined a life with less, reading this book is a great way to get started. Most of us have lived our adult lives working more, to make more, to spend more, to have more. We haven’t done it maliciously, but out of habit. Our parents wanted better for us and we want better for our children, but somewhere along the way we forgot what better was. As you go through the Be More with Less process, you will subtract things from your life, and add other things (which aren’t really “things”) back in.
Judging by how many people have purchased all of the books listed above and the direct feedback I get from readers, it’s clear that the excessive, crazy-busy approach to life isn’t working anymore. We want calm. We want health and happiness. We want love and joy. Simplicity is the answer.
What are you reading right now?
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