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When Voluntary Simplicity was first published in 1981, it quickly became recognized as a powerful and visionary work in the emerging dialogue over sustainable ways of living. Nearly three decades later, as the planet’s environmental stresses become more urgent than ever, Duane Elgin has revised and updated his revolutionary book.

Voluntary Simplicity is not about living in poverty; it is about living with balance. This book illuminates the pattern of changes that an increasing number of people around the world are making in their everyday lives—adjustments in day-to-day living that are an active, positive response to the complex dilemmas of our time. By embracing a lifeway of voluntary simplicity—characterized by ecological awareness, frugal consumption, and personal growth—people can change their lives. And in the process, they have the power to change the world.


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May 7th, 2014
Although the original book was written in 1981, it is a "must-read" for everyone looking for a simpler life. Mr. Elgin presents his material in a very believable and doable manner. His writing just rings true. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the updated copy!
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May 7th, 2014
Elgin was years ahead of the current simplicity movement, yet everything he says makes absolute sense to me.
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