But when it came to Nancy's applications of these principles in her own life, I couldn't help being a little disappointed. I was hoping for some radical suggestions. And what I got out of the book was - buy a Prius, have one car, bake your own bread (use your breadmaker to knead it ... um ... hold on ... 'breadmaker'?), cut back on how much you Tweet, don't buy things you don't need, declutter, shop local, get involved in your local community and church, show hospitality (have potluck community events and get the dishwasher running to keep it simple ... um ... hold on ... did I read 'dishwasher'?), make soup to feed lots of people (just heat it up in your microwave ... um ... hold on ... did that say 'microwave'?).
Disappointing because none of it felt particularly radical to me. There were a lot of appliances involved in this so called simple approach to life. It all seemed pretty obvious to me. So maybe I should have written this book. Darn - I need to get better at perceiving the marketing opportunities my life might present ... !
And do you know why the book is called 'Almost Amish'? The author was speaking at conference on living a more green lifestyle and in a Q & A session she was asked if she was 'almost Amish' because she ... wait for it ... hung her clothes out on a clothesline outside. In the book she explains that this is radical because in the States this is perceived as something only those in the developing world/less well off would do with their clothes. Or something that those who live in Australia do as a normal, everyday activity.
Perhaps the book could be called 'Almost Australian' ...
P. S. GIVEAWAY!! Since Fishpond sent me an extra copy of this book by accident you could win your own copy! So if you'd like the book, comment below on what you've done lately to try and simplify your life and I'll draw the name out of a hat for the winner.