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Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life (edició 2014)

de Ruth Soukup (Autor)

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"Ruth Soukup is the very successful founder and writer of the popular blog Living Well, Spending Less. In this, her first book, she shares some of her own journey to finding the Good Life and also provides her readers with all the practical advice and real life help they need to give their family a truly abundant life on a realistic and healthy budget"--… (més)
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Títol:Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life
Autors:Ruth Soukup (Autor)
Informació:Zondervan (2014), 240 pages
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I picked this up to pre-read for a young 20-something who is just starting out in life. My impressions are mixed. It's heavily Christian-based, which is fine because the back cover clearly states she uses biblical truths in her writings.
The author has (had? but still struggles with) a self-professed shopping addiction that many young people would find hard to relate to.
However, I still think the book has value, especially for young people, to counteract our consumer-driven society. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
This book caught my eye at the library. I had to renew the book once because the information hit a bulls-eye in my life causing me to deal with personal emotions. Even though the information was presented straight forward I could only read the book in small pieces so I didn't feel overwhelmed. Because I read this book at this time in my life, I was inspired to make a few changes in it. I am going to try and get rid of the clutter in my family home. I will value the people and the time spent with them, I will try not to value stuff. When I need an item I will try to purchase the best quality item that won't blow the family budget. I will try not to shop when I am bored. I am cultivating an attitude of gratitude and encouraging my family to do the same. If you are seeking a positive change in your life, please give this book a try. I know I will have to re-read it again in the future because there is more I need to work on. ( )
  BrendaKlaassen | May 6, 2016 |
Poor little rich girl whinges on about how hard it is to manage spending all of her money. Every chapter wrapped up in a neat bow with some scripture and an admonishment to pray more. Oddly she never seems to acknowledge her deep rooted lust, envy, greed and gluttony--so it comes off rather flat and sanctimonious.

Don't bother reading this unless you want to feel utterly disgusted and annoyed that anyone can be this out of touch with what most people consider a budget. ( )
  AngelaGustafson | Jan 25, 2016 |
Very informative. link to her website for practical applications. ( )
  Cyndecat | Mar 19, 2015 |
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Overall Rating: 3.00
Tips Rating: 3.50
Delivery Rating: 2.50

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup had some great tips for learning to live with less but with a fuller life. Unfortunately, it was slightly buried under a rather haughty (for lack of a better word) attitude.

Overall Thoughts: First let me admit that I have read both Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom (both of which I highly recommend)so my expectations for this book were maybe set a little high.

1: The first half of the book is solely focused on the author, her shopping addiction, and her issues. Which is fine if I was picking up a biography but that was not what I thought this book was about.

2: I had two issues with her using bible versus (in the amount she used): I felt she was disingenuous and judgmental. Examples: She mentions a ton about Dave Ramsey and gives him credit. However later when she mentions a 30 day spending freeze (which she posted about in 2012--I checked) she never mentions or gives credit to Financial Fast (which was published in 2010 but was making the Christian Financial rounds earlier). Another example is the vacation with the rich friends. She projected a bit when she said they seemed unhappy with all their stuff. She had no concrete proof of that other than she wasn't having fun on the vacation because they weren't doing things she wanted to do. Instead of focusing on what she knew to be a fact (she would have been happier on a different type of vacation), she choose to focus on how the other couple seemed to be buying friends. It was things like this that really put me off on the author.

3: She did have some great tips buried in there and I did visit her blog. There are some great worksheets, plans, etc. It is well worth the look and honestly I wish more of the practical tips would have been focused on. Ruth knows her stuff but it just wasn't delivered in the best way.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Charity Spencer / Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins

Charity did such a good job making it feel like the author was narrating that I had to check to make sure it wasn't self-narrated. I was impressed how personal she made the narration feel.

Final Thoughts: Though I had some issues with the delivery of the message, I would still recommend spending some time on Ruth's site. She has some great tips!

Note: This is not mentioned on the back of the CD so it should be noted: This is a HEAVILY faith-based book. I believe her tips are universal and can be used/implemented by everyone. However, for those that hold different beliefs this book will not work for you. ( )
  thehistorychic | Jan 8, 2015 |
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