Top 5 Books to Help Inspire a Simpler Life

Books to Read that will Help Inspire a Simpler Life

Living a simpler life means different things to everyone.

For some, it’s the idea that consuming fewer things and distancing oneself from the consumption culture leads to less clutter. For others, it means taking on less and stopping the constant busyness that oftentimes fills the days, leaving no room for oneself, connection, and nature.

Regardless of what living a simpler life means to you, maybe the idea of “less is more” is appealing and exciting to you. Maybe you’re ready for more breathing space in all facets of your life. Along with it, though, perhaps you’re just not sure where to start.

We have sifted through many books, looking for inspiration to launch into living more simply. From living a slower life to consuming less and eating higher-quality foods, one of our top 5 books to help inspire a simpler life might be just the boost you need.

Top 5 Books to Help Inspire a Simpler Life

Elmhurst 5 books to help inspire a Simpler Life
  1. Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner. In her book Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path, star Erin Loechner turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. “Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle — one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities and shift your focus to the journey that matters most.
  2. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker. In The More of Less, Joshua Becker shows you how to not settle for more, live a better life with less, and make room in your life for what really matters. This book is for you if you are also seeking to find that “the beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.{Insert Image: Top 5 Books to Help Inspire a Simpler Life The More of Less #simplerbetter #book #books #simplify #life}
  3. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan. This definitive compendium of food wisdom and #1 New York Times bestseller aims to help inspire a simpler life by proving that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Naturally, we gravitated towards this book because it falls in line with the Elmhurst 1925 story. Henry (Elmhurst’s founder) and Dr. Cheryl Mitchell (a famous food scientist) had a forward vision and have simplified the world. They’ve made it possible to cut out the things that don’t really matter, so as to better enjoy the things that do. Because of this, at Elmhurst 1925 we believe that simpler food is better. Michael Pollan’s book embraces the same, and can help inspire the simplicity for your own life.
  4. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders. Go on the journey with Cait Flanders as she embarks on a year-long journey where she stops shopping, gives away her belongings and, at every stage, learns that the less she consumes, the more fulfilled she feels. “The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life —and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.”
  5. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. According to Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplines Pursuit of Less, “The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

No matter which area of your life you’re trying to simplify, these top 5 books to help inspire a simpler life are sure to help.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and dive into your own simpler, better life.

Have you read any of them? Let us know in the comments below.

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