It has been said the true value of a book doesn’t lie in the information presented, but in the author’s story and way of telling it. I have certainly found this to be true.
As a child I wasn’t too interested in reading however as an adult I find a good book to be really uplifting and inspiring. I am now a devotee to all things personal development, biographies, and the occasional outback romance novel thrown in for good measure. Each to their own right?
Reading has been a major part of my slow living journey. Perhaps because the mere act of reading is in itself inherently slow; manual, self-paced, and analog. It’s just the kind of soul-reviving activity to do when you need to get away from it all.
For me nothing beats a good book, deep bath and a glass of wine. Paradise!
So here are three books I have enjoyed and might help you on your own slow living journey.
Down to Earth: A Guide to Simple Living
This was the first simple-living title I ever laid eyes on and I couldn’t believe my luck that someone had so eloquently articulated the benefits of slow living that I knew to be true. I felt I had found someone else who understood how important ‘good housekeeping’ was for a good life and how some of the tried and true methods of the past can be resurrected today to counter some of the negative effects of our busy, modern lifestyles.
This book taught me so much about self-sufficiency, to view frugality as a tool against waste (as opposed to restriction), that homemade products can be as good as shop bought ones (contrary to what big business would have us believe) and that you can, in fact, live more, and quite happily, with less.
The Empowered Mama
Any new mum will surely agree that your lifestyle and identity can change dramatically when you become a mother. Sure there are exceptions, and not everyone faces the same challenges or circumstances, but I think you know all know what I mean.
This isn’t to say that children aren’t the greatest gift, mine certainly are. Still, I struggled with my transition into motherhood big time, and I found this book to be a great beacon of light through the darkest days.
Ironically, when I had my first baby, all I read about was how to ‘fix’ my baby. How to get her to sleep, feed well, and travel well. What I should have been doing was learning about how to take care of myself, and make this transition in an empowered way.
Unlike the baby books before it, Lisa’s work is unique in its approach, with a focus on empowering mums to be the best version of themselves, through things we can actually control, and not those we can’t. Topics include mindset, habits, mental health, nutrition, movement, self-love and more. Exactly what a new mum needs to know. You can follow Lisa on Instagram and her podcast The Empowered Mama.
I Quit Sugar: Simplicious Flow
This isn’t your average cookbook or just another pretty collection of recipes. No, Sarah’s book shows us a brand new (yet old) way of preparing meals, with love and in flow.
Sarah introduces us to her version of how to cook from a ‘capsule’, that is; make a bunch of meals from one set of ingredients so nothing is wasted. This includes buying, storing and preserving seasonally and locally available produce (insert slow-living tick), perpetually preparing ahead of time by cooking once and eating many times (another slow-living tick), and wasting nothing (another tick, bravo Sarah!).
This book is literally life changing and will make you look at your food in a whole other way. Again, I am in another season of my life to Sarah, and so not all the flows work for me, but the ones that do are game changers. You can follow Sarah on Instagram.
So there you have it, three wonderful books to sink your teeth into. We would love to know what you think. Please share your thoughts below.