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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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  • A.
  • 16-04-15

Good Advice

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-01-15

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.

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  • Eileen Marie
  • 08-01-15

Very Helpful!

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!

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  • Jessica
  • 02-10-15

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.

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  • Sunny
  • 07-02-17

Reader says, "la akki tahn." So sad.

If you could sum up Living Well, Spending Less in three words, what would they be?

Light. Lovely. Practical.

What other book might you compare Living Well, Spending Less to and why?

No other book I have read in this genre is written by a writer with this much depth of well rounded knowledge and true experience. She has read a lot of self help books. Tone reminds me of Marie Kondo and the "Tidying Up" book.

What didn’t you like about Charity Spencer’s performance?

So bad. She tries to be so persuasive that she sounds whiny and pushy. Moreover, she really turned me off when she "reads" L'Occitane, "la ah ki tahn." How is she a "reader?"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The crazy husband maker.

Any additional comments?

Very good book. I'm a Christian so it really resonates. I can see some getting turned off by it. But, the advice is really good.

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  • your public name
  • 13-01-15

pray, pray, pray the mess away -- Yikes!

What disappointed you about Living Well, Spending Less?

I don't think praying is the best advice for this topic. How absurd!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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."

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  • shopper
  • 31-01-15

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.

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  • Temeka
  • 06-01-15

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

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  • Laura
  • 06-11-16

Don't waste your time and money

Would you try another book from Ruth Soukup and/or Charity Spencer?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

Joy of spending less

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charity Spencer?

Charity spencer was a good narrator

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Verses from the bible

Any additional comments?

The author just talks about herself and she saids things anyone would know about spending less, nothing new.

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  • Melinda
  • 11-02-15

A must read, it covers everything!

Excellent, This book covered every area I've been praying for! Thank you! A must read!

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