Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver

Soulful Simplicity

Courtney Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives.We are often on a quest for more--we give in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Stress was like gasoline on the fire of symptoms, and it became clear...

Details Soulful Simplicity

TitleSoulful Simplicity
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Soulful Simplicity

  • Megan Ericson
    The author sent me an advanced copy of this book before I interviewed her on my podcast. I can honestly say I loved it! The book is full of love, peace, and forgiveness. I've read many decluttering books and books about simplifying your life, but this one stands out not for the “how” of simplifying our lives, but for the “why.”There are decluttering tips in the book, but it’s much more about the how to deal with the emotional side of le...
  • Jen
    ~SIMPLIFY~I have shared with you before that like many people in this day and age, I'm on a journey to simplify. Simplify my house, simplify my life, simplify my schedule, simplify my mind. There's too much STUFF taking up too much SPACE that sucks away from LIFE. Anyone else feel this way? Soulful Simplicity is another book I've recently read on this journey. Like other books in this category, Soulful Simplicity draws from other sources as well ...
  • Donna
    This is one of those books that I'm not quite sure what to focus on. It felt like it belonged in two separate categories. If this was just an autobiography, I could rate this 3.5 and I'd be okay rounding up to 4 stars. I liked her personal story and I could appreciate her navigation of MS, single parenting and a new marriage.But then it was also a self-help kind of book about gaining simplicity in life. That part didn't really grab me. She was a ...
  • Amy
    I received a copy of this book from the publishing house. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Soulful Simplicity embraces the power in simplicity and it is done effectively through Carver’s own journey towards a simpler life.If you aren’t familiar with Courtney, she is the creator of the Project 333, the capsule wardrobe project that I began embracing a few years ago. Her journey towards this simpler life began with her MS diagnosis and the ...
  • Kathy Peterman
    I love that Courtney Carver takes a deep dive into her life before and after she discovered simplicity. She brings us along with her, allowing us to honor our own unique journey as we see ourselves in her story and the lessons along the way. It's a book about the why and how simplicity is not just decluttering our physical things. It's about decluttering our health, our schedules and commitments, relationships and old beliefs to make room for wha...
  • Laura Leaney
    I read this as part inspiration, part preparation, for my intended summer clean-a-thon. I didn't want to read Kondo's book about debating the joyfulness of every object, so I chose Carver's instead. I have to say, as these kinds of books go, it worked. Although I'm not quite prepared, I'm inspired.I need to feel lighter. Sadly, I know part of the problem. Books. I love them, but keeping them is making me claustrophobic. I think I might have to sa...
  • Ginger Hudock
    “Simplicity and most big changes are a matter of the heart.”Soulful Simplicity is about listening to your own heart to learn what you need. I loved learning more about Courtney and her story in this book. I also resonated with her theme of “listening to your heart”. As many of my readers know, I have been dealing with a congenital heart condition over the past six months. As my atrial septal defect was repaired this month, I have had to l...
  • Kaethe
    This may be one of the few "how to simplify your life" books that is not all about cluttering and tidying up. In sharing her own journey to a simple lifestyle, Courtney Carver encourages the reader to consider the "why's" behind a desire for simplicity more than the "how's," and suggests that this journey will be and should different for everyone. She does gives tips and guidelines for pairing down, but not as checklists that, if rigorously follo...
  • Jess
    Good, though others who have read a lot of simplicity and mindfulness books might find this basic.
  • Wendy Phraner
    Good stuff! Reading this cheers me on with my efforts to get rid of needless stuff (tangible or not) and focus on more important things.
  • Colona Public Library
    This was a great read for someone who is looking to simplify their lives. Courtney Carver explains why she had to simply her life and how she did it. This book was published before the whole "Spark Joy" phenomenon, and pretty much follows the same premise. When you need to buy things to store your stuff, you have too much stuff. This books hits a lot of topics: Courtney personal story of how she went into debt, was diagnosed with MS, and decided ...
  • D.
    Best book I've read regarding a simple lifestyle. No preaching, just great sharing on the author's part. I will take her outline and fit it to my own life. Her writing style flows. Very useful information.
  • John Crippen
    My friend Jimmi and I heard Courtney Carver speak earlier this week. Her talk and her book were pleasing, and reminded me of the happiness found in living with less.
  • Jessica
    I really enjoyed the way Carver shared her experiences in this book. I’ve read many books on the subjects of decluttering and minimalism, so there was nothing particularly new here for me except the way Carver has personally created a life of less stuff. I thought her writing and her advice was calm, practical, and joyful.
  • Stefanie
    This is a book that is about more than just getting rid of clutter. It's actually about simplifying your life in order to live the life you really want to live and be the person you want to be. It's about simplifying to in order to make space to live meaningfully (whatever that looks like for you) and with love. More than a how-to, it's about the why. Why declutter? Why stop filling up your calendar? Why think about doing more with less? Heartfel...
  • Danielle Katz
    This is a wonderful book for getting started on the path you want to walk down. I love her very moderate, you choose what works for you, style. So often Minimalists have an extremist view of how to handle stuff. But C. Carver is much more realistic. I took lots of notes:Pg 38"How are things going in my life?How do I feel physically? Emotionally?What do I love about my life?Whom do I envy?What do I lie about?What changes do I want to make?What cha...
  • jay walker
    You know when you pick up the perfect book at the perfect time? That was this. Clearly articulated many of my goals and the issues with why they’re so hard to achieve. But now I’m inspired and have some practical guidelines to help better prioritize my time. Right off the bat: “no phone zones”, walk outside instead of shopping if you’re bored, and a home is a living space not a storage space. Also, things are not memories. I have not pu...
  • Regina
    This is a great Whitman’s Sampler of organizational/minimalist strategies. It took a few chapters to get into the good stuff, but I would recommend it to anyone looking to start a journey to life simplification. While it doesn’t state it in the description, Carver is the originator of the Project 333 fashion challenge, where you only wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months. Seems like every author in the recent decluttering movement is also me...
  • Pam
    I read Courtney Carver’s blog, Be More with Less, so when I learned she was releasing a book called Soulful Simplicity, it sounded like something I wanted to listen to. (This review is for the audio book.) Soulful Simplicity goes into detail about Courtney being diagnosed with MS. How facing that sort of diagnosis with al of the stress that she had going on in her life, forced her to rethink what is important to her. What she discovered was tha...
  • Amy
    I lingered over this book-ha, I bet the author would like that! It was a good read and I took to heart a lot of what she said. Great way to jump start your journey of simplicity. Will be a book I refer to again and again.
  • Jeana Berryman
    Quick and easy read, but nothing super compelling. The only idea that stuck out to me as truly original was “Project 333,” and that’s just not something I’m interested in trying.
  • Christa
    This is such a lovely book full of inspiration that meets you exactly where you are. I will forever keep it on hand to turn to when I need some encouragement, guidance and kind words.
  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    This book eases you into the idea that doing less and having less can ease the stresses of life - just taking 5 minutes away from the HUGE to do lists can help you relax enough to see what needs doing, what should be done and what quite frankly can be left!
  • Travis
    Ironically, for a book about slowing down and being more present in the moment, I binge read Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More over a weekend.I stumbled upon Courtney Carver via The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus). I was intrigued by Courtney's Project 333 and subscribed to her blog's newsletter. So it was serendipity that she published a book soon after I discovered her work. It was also ap...
  • Robyn
    Some really great stuff to inspire a peaceful heart.
  • Shannon
    Life changing.Around the year in 52 books - #36
  • Rachael Quinn
    I don't know where I first saw this book or how it ended up in my hands.  It just seemed to appear and, as with most books that just show up in my life, it was exactly what I needed.Carver was working and busy and stressed.  She was trying to provide the best life for her daughter and to her that meant spending money she didn't have and stuff that they didn't need.  It's the kind of thing you hear about every day, the kind of life that we all ...
  • Barbara M
    Courtney Carver does an excellent job explaining her journey to simplicity and teaches the reader how to create his/her own plan. Courtney was racing around trying to have it all.....when she was diagnosed with MS. She slowed down and decided to think about what was most important in her life. She set out to create a more simple and fulfilling life. Courtney is a good writer and it was interesting to read about her journey. It was also though pro...
  • Denise
    The author of this book discusses her road to a simpler life when she was diagnosed with MS in her 30s, I believe. (This is revealed immediately in the book.) Though she discusses examples and reasoning behind her choices to reduce the "more" mentality and focus on the simplicity of gaining more love in her life, the focus is providing techniques and reason on how to bring those concepts to your life. I liked most of the chapters that provided ex...