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The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Dezember 2010
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“Living simply is only an ideal until someone like Bruno gets particular. The way he got particular should make everyone think--hard, which is a very good thing.” (Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame)
“In a loving, wise, sometimes hilarious manner, Dave Bruno holds a mirror up to us and says to take a closer look at how we’re living. Reading this will lead you to a better life.” (Dean Nelson, Author of God Hides in Plain Sight and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University)
“[Bruno’s] musings about his slow and steady purge have developed a cult following online, inspiring others [toward] clutter-free living.” (Time magazine)
An ordinary man's inspiring journey toward a simpler, more meaningful life.
In 2008, average American family man Dave Bruno decided to unhook himself from the intravenous drip of consumerism that fueled his life by winnowing all his personal possessions down to just 100 things. Little did he realize that he would be igniting a grassroots movement—soon after Dave embarked on his journey, media around the world took notice and others started to follow his lead.
A cause for pause, The 100 Thing Challenge is a response to the culture of materialism in America, one that has filled our lives with the constant and unsatisfactory desire for "more." Dave Bruno offers compelling anecdotes and practical advice to help readers live more meaningfully, simply by casting off the unnecessary "stuff" that clutters their lives. The 100 Thing Challenge is a golden opportunity to experience the positive changes that occur as you defiantly hop off the treadmill of consumerism.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Es ist ein Erfahrungsbericht, der recht unterhaltsam geschrieben wurde und ähnelt Büchern á la meine 6 Monate ohne Internet. Wer das gut fand, findet sicherlich auch 100-Thing-Challenge interessant. Sehr offen berichtet Dave Bruno darüber, welche "Schwierigkeiten" er während des Jahres hatte. Wie in ihm doch ab und zu das Verlangen zum Kaufen aufkam, wie er seine Mutter verzweifelt davon abbringen wollte, ihm ein neues iPhone zu schenken oder wie die Umwelt auf seinen Versuch reagierte, mit weniger zu leben: "Well, if everyone did your 100 Thing Challenge, no one would buy things anymore and you would be responsible for destroying the world's economy."
Da ich schon recht lange Blogs zum Thema Minimalismus lese, ist das Thema weder neu noch spannend. Ich muss auch zugeben, dass ich auch etwas enttäuscht bin, gerade weil es einfach wenig Substanz hat.
Wer noch nicht mit dem Thema Minimalismus vertraut ist, vielleicht nach Tipps sucht, wie man seine Habseligkeiten reduziert, der sollte eher Leo Babautas Blog ZenHabits lesen (vor allem die Artikel bis 2009) oder Everett Bogues frühere Blogartikel. Auch die Berichte über "Cult of Less" - einfach mal googlen - liefern wertvolle Inspiration. Generell sind Blogs die bessere und günstigere Alternative, eine entsprechende Liste mit Empfehlungen würde den Rahmen hier jedoch sprengen.
Da ich einfach mehr erwartet habe, vergebe ich nur 3 Sterne.
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The best things I can say about this book:
1) it is a quick read--mostly because I skimmed large sections of nostalgia about train sets & wood shops
2) it will be immediately eliminated from my "100 things."
If you see this on a garage sale/used book bin & are curious, read the epilogue (p189-197) which has a few practical suggestions--"reduce, refuse, rejigger"--that are common sense mixed with experience-based knowledge.
The author's 100 things list (p101-102) provides insight into the type of person the author is/wants to be, but beyond that isn't helpful beyond seeing that it's okay to count "library" as one item?! lol.
Bottom line: I celebrate the author's personal growth & catchy title, but this book is a waste of your time & money.
Why? Well, I read a lot of books along the minimalism/simple living/voluntary simplicity/cutting down on consumption vein, and this one isn't particularly noteworthy. Sure, the guy's a good writer, he had some good personal insights during his 100 Thing Challenge, but there's not much to take away from it that I didn't already know: tons of possessions and constant consumerism aren't necessary for a good, happy life (and at times will even block us from it), change doesn't happen until we stop talking about it and actually do it, etc. Other books are more insightful, useful, and interesting. This one is mainly fluff--good perhaps for someone just introduced to the ideas discussed within, not so much for someone who is more familiar with the topic. None of this makes is it a bad book, not at all; it's just not what I was hoping for, which is certainly not the author's fault.
The central notion that we should find a personal path to reduced consumerism is excellent, but for the people who bought this book, that's preaching to the converted.
And speaking of preaching, the fact that Bruno's quest is rooted in his Christian spirituality is certainly relevant to share, but I was surprised to read him agree with a friend's observation that a single woman he ran into while camping alone was "Satan." Now, how would she feel about that?
I also found it odd, in a book that that's supposed to help us fight consumerism, advertising and enticing brands, that Bruno's "things" discussions includes item model names such as his "Apple Macbook Pro." Any book fighting consumerism should want to avoid any appearance of product placement.
I read this book very quickly, maybe in about 3 hours total reading time. But part of that is because I felt like I was just skimming it in the end, as the book was so boring. I should have stopped at the introduction where he mentioned that the mar in his life's perfection was cat ownership, or when he informed me that every cat lover knows that cats are disposable and immeadiately replacable. I probably should have backed off when I realized that this 38 year old super religious man has an affinity for swearing and the toilet humor of an 8 year old. (As an aside, I don't care about people swearing in books, but this was so jarring, because it seemed like he was throwing it in to prove that he was a 'still hip' despite being a Christian). I'm definitely not sure how I made it past the endless narcissistic passages. Or when he decided to claim all of his books as ONE object (one library) and not count any of the other numerous objects he used during the challenge because they were shared. (bed, table, bowl, plate, glass, knife, fork, dresser, hangers, etc). Maybe the final warning should have been when he was on a solo long weekend hike (6 hours away from his wife and 3 young daughters) and ran into a "beautiful women" who he refused to be courteous towards because as a "good Christian he is taught to run from anything that even hints of adultery." So this good Christian was perfectly willing to let this women go up unprepared into treacherous weather just because he was afraid of...if he made eye contact he would cheat on his wife? (not to mention how his friend later told him that woman was the devil. No joke).
Before I start to go on an even bigger rant, I'll try to wrap it up. I feel that this book was boring, the author is extremely self absorbed, prideful and unsympathetic (some of the most un-Christian like qualities I've seen), and neither provided a blueprint nor an inspiration for anyone else to do the challenge.