Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
McAlary (Destination Simple) gives a much-needed gift to the chronically overcommitted with this wise self-help primer. After McAlary suffered from a debilitating bout of postnatal depression following the birth of her second child, she took a hard look at her life and realized that she was miserable trying to "keep up with the Joneses" by accumulating more accomplishments and possessions, while working too much to ever fully enjoy them. Inspired by blogger Leo Babauta's "Zen Habits," the author began a campaign to simplify her life. She began by decluttering-both literally and figuratively-and makes a critical point when she reminds readers that any lasting change comes gradually. Wisely, McAlary doesn't insist readers immediately and drastically streamline their lives. Instead, she encourages asking clarifying questions, such as "Do I want this?" and "Do I need this?" She also dispenses a prescription for mindfulness, beginning with "the simple art of paying attention," and recommends putting down one's smartphone or tablet and interacting with others. Refreshingly, McAlary is the first to admit that getting from anxiety to zen was anything but a smooth process, and her candor will encourage others to follow her inspiring advice. Agent: Maggie Thompson, Allen & Unwin. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
Several years ago, McAlary found herself consumed by busyness, sky-high expectations, and a lot of clutter. She set out to change all that and found that a slower life was a more contented one, offering this practical guide to living simply. -Photographs, guided exercises ("Check in with Your Why," "Taking Stock of Your Senses," "Spreading Kindness"), personal experience, and helpful lists assist in showing readers how to declutter, disconnect from technology, and employ mindfulness as a tool for savoring every moment of every day. VERDICT A highly readable and attractive resource for anyone looking to slow down and decompress. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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