Living Well, Spending Less is Ruth Soukup's first audiobook, following her wildly successful blog of the same name. She gives her listeners even more of what they love about the blog: lots of creative, helpful ideas and advice for moms on a budget, along with stories from her own journey to discovering what the Good Life is really all about.
©2014 Ruth Soukup (P)2014 Zondervan
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This was a nice refresher on how to scale back and focus on the important things in life. I liked the message of service and humility while serving God, family and friends, and others.
"My first self help audio book"
This book is mixed with humor, bible verses, and how to break bad habits that could lead to financial disaster meaningless behavior. I will be looking forward to reading more my this author.
I live on a very tight budget. When I say tight, I mean it makes people around me on a typical tight budget grimace. I honestly wasn't sure what I could get out of "spending less". There are still many basic things I need! But what us addressed in this book is not so much a budget as it is your heart attitude. IMO, it was beautifully executed and extremely helpful. Especially the goal setting section! Definitely a worth while read!
"So much religious proselytizing!"
Some common sense, some ideas only practical for stay at home parenting, and a huge, steaming pile of religion and praying for everything. Would not have purchased had I known how much religious proselytizing I would be subject to.
"Well intentioned but too many suggestions to be helpful"
The author makes some good suggestions in her book but it ends up feeling like a laundry list of conflicting advice. For example, we're meant to keep our house clean, volunteer, put others first, clip coupons, stock up on groceries, be silly and whimsical, be the best at our jobs but yet also make time for ourselves, cut back if we're over committed, be silent and still. You can't be all things to all people but that seems to be the resulting message of this book.
I also find the tiny feminist in me viscerally reacting to her examples of things women can do to volunteer, be a good wife, or even discover a hobby, such as: bake cookies, knit, craft, etc. It felt a bit archaic to me. What about figuring out how to start a business, learning how to code or physically defend yourself? I think the narrator's overly optimistic and cheery voice added to my perception, perhaps I would have been better served reading it in print.
"pray, pray, pray the mess away -- Yikes!"
I don't think praying is the best advice for this topic. How absurd!
Audible description needs to highlight that this book is for evangelical Christians only.
In chapter 1 (paraphrased): "The most important thing you need to do, beyond all of my other advice in this book, is to pray to God."
"Life changing read!"
I want to give this book to every woman I know. Thank you for blessing me with this book, it was life changing
"A must read, it covers everything!"
Excellent, This book covered every area I've been praying for! Thank you! A must read!
"I intend to listen to this book yearly"
Wow! So inspirational! I also got a kindle version to read. May God bless this woman for writing the message I really needed to hear. Every chapter was full of wisdom.
"Sorry. I just really did not like this book."
The author has "perfect life syndrome". I so wish I hadn't wasted money on this book. She should not be giving any advice. Read the bible instead.
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