Living Well Spending Less
12 SECRETS of the Good Life
by Ruth Soukup of the blog, Living Well Spending Less
Ruth Soukup began life in a way few of us do. She grew up with everything she needed and wanted. This led to a belief that she should have and could have everything she needed and wanted. For awhile, this worked for her. But life has a way of catching up with us. Enough was never enough. There was always a need for more more more. In Living Well Spending Less, Mrs. Soukup shares 12 secrets that she's found to living the good life, not one of excess, but the life that God has shown her.
This was a hard book for me to get into at first. I cannot really relate to big shopping trips that fill my van with white bags with red targets on them. I can't relate to remodeling and decorating and buying designer wardrobes. I can't relate to buying anything I want just because I want it. That's not my life. It never was. I don't expect it ever will be. My life is one of living thrifty and frugal because I must, though I expect I would even if it weren't required.
Because I had to read the book to review it, I pushed through. What I found, a couple of chapters in, was that many of the emotions and challenges that Mrs. Soukup has gone through in her journey from spending more to spending less and to finding peace are more common than expected. I found myself marking quotes that I wanted to find again.
I read this book in about three days. That's pretty quickly for me. I found myself hungry for the truths she shared in a way I hadn't heard before. They weren't new to me but their application was fresh. She addressed spending, saving, budgeting, setting up a house cleaning plan, decluttering, time management, and many other things.
I think this is a good well-rounded book that women in most stages of life can benefit from. It was well organized and lined up with the Bible. She applied scripture in a practical way. Well done Mrs. Soukup!
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