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The author of The Global Forest--an international bestseller and a classic upon publication, beloved by readers around the world--gives us her tips and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with frugality, simplicity and pleasure not far behind.      In The Sweetness of a Simple Life, Diana Beresford-Kroeger mixes science with storytelling, wonderment, magi The author of The Global Forest--an international bestseller and a classic upon publication, beloved by readers around the world--gives us her tips and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with frugality, simplicity and pleasure not far behind.      In The Sweetness of a Simple Life, Diana Beresford-Kroeger mixes science with storytelling, wonderment, magic, myth and plenty of common sense. Orphaned at an early age, Beresford-Kroeger was raised by elderly relatives in Ireland in the Druidic tradition, taught the overlap between the arts and sciences, and the triad of body, mind and spirit. After pursuing a PhD in medical biochemistry, Beresford-Kroeger set out on a quest to preserve the world's forests. In this warm and wise collection of essays, she gives us a guide for living simply and well: which foods to eat and which to avoid; how to clean our homes and look after pets; how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from illness; and why we need to appreciate nature. She provides an easy dose of healing, practical wisdom, blending modern medicine with aboriginal traditions. This inspiring, accessible book emphasizes back to basics, with the touchstone not an exotic religion or meditation practice, but the natural world around us.


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The author of The Global Forest--an international bestseller and a classic upon publication, beloved by readers around the world--gives us her tips and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with frugality, simplicity and pleasure not far behind.      In The Sweetness of a Simple Life, Diana Beresford-Kroeger mixes science with storytelling, wonderment, magi The author of The Global Forest--an international bestseller and a classic upon publication, beloved by readers around the world--gives us her tips and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with frugality, simplicity and pleasure not far behind.      In The Sweetness of a Simple Life, Diana Beresford-Kroeger mixes science with storytelling, wonderment, magic, myth and plenty of common sense. Orphaned at an early age, Beresford-Kroeger was raised by elderly relatives in Ireland in the Druidic tradition, taught the overlap between the arts and sciences, and the triad of body, mind and spirit. After pursuing a PhD in medical biochemistry, Beresford-Kroeger set out on a quest to preserve the world's forests. In this warm and wise collection of essays, she gives us a guide for living simply and well: which foods to eat and which to avoid; how to clean our homes and look after pets; how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from illness; and why we need to appreciate nature. She provides an easy dose of healing, practical wisdom, blending modern medicine with aboriginal traditions. This inspiring, accessible book emphasizes back to basics, with the touchstone not an exotic religion or meditation practice, but the natural world around us.

30 review for The Sweetness of a Simple Life: Tips for Healthier, Happier and Kinder Living Gleaned from the Wisdom and Science of Nature

  1. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Reading like a book of short stories, The Sweetness of a Simple Life is best dipped into here and there, a little at a time. Each chapter stands alone and provides insight into some facet of healthy living whether pulled from the author's experience as a botanist and avid gardener or from ancient wisdom gleaned from our country's aboriginal heritage. The author's voice is very unique so the book does not read like your usual self-help heath manual. There is an almost mystical feel, a folklore or Reading like a book of short stories, The Sweetness of a Simple Life is best dipped into here and there, a little at a time. Each chapter stands alone and provides insight into some facet of healthy living whether pulled from the author's experience as a botanist and avid gardener or from ancient wisdom gleaned from our country's aboriginal heritage. The author's voice is very unique so the book does not read like your usual self-help heath manual. There is an almost mystical feel, a folklore or fable kind of telling. This did distract from the message at times, leaving you wishing there was just a bit more information on that particular subject or even wondering the purpose of a chapter. However, there was plenty of fascinating and life-changing material here to make this a worthwhile read for those interested in a better world-connected life. I think a chat with the author under one of the many trees in her research garden would make a fascinating experience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Firstly, thank you Random House Canada for this wonderful little book! There are many, many timely tips for healthier, happier, and kinder living through the Science and Wisdom of Nature, offered by the author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger. She is well-qualified in sharing her revelations with readers. I was left wanting a more thorough read of her other books on the same subjects as she presents in this offering.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sharlene

    I received this book as the result of a First Read Giveaway. Rarely do I read non-fiction type books unless I want to know something about my gardening, crafting or cooking. Even rarer for me is to read one and not get lost in garble and what sometimes feels like a pile of manure. I was THRILLED to discover that this book was wonderful! If you have ever had the pleasure of listening to a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or older neighbour tell you how to do something or tell you about the way thin I received this book as the result of a First Read Giveaway. Rarely do I read non-fiction type books unless I want to know something about my gardening, crafting or cooking. Even rarer for me is to read one and not get lost in garble and what sometimes feels like a pile of manure. I was THRILLED to discover that this book was wonderful! If you have ever had the pleasure of listening to a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or older neighbour tell you how to do something or tell you about the way things were done in their day, you'll understand how I felt. This was the equivalent of getting much wanted knowledge and tips of that. I honestly wish I had listened more and paid closer attention when my mom was alive, but she instilled in me a love of gardening, one that I began to experiment with on my own the first time we owned a small plot of land. This love has grown more so after moving out of the city and into a small town with a larger yard, a garden, flowerbeds, trees and recently a greenhouse. Reading this book was the equivalent of hitting the mother lode of gardening knowledge and tips on how to be healthier. I loved the language and feel of this book. You can only imagine the author as not only highly intelligent but soft spoken, kind and the type of person you would love to have a cup of tea with while you stroll around the gardens. This is not a book that one should read in one sitting. It is so much more than that. It is one that you read a few chapters of, set down and then digest. It's more fun to digest the information with loved ones as it can cause an interesting discussion. I personally loved that it made me feel like I was on the right track with the changes we have made over the years. The only thing I would change about the book is I would love to have some pictures. I want to see the trees and plants Beresford-Kroeger writes about...I now have a desire to find a few to plant in my yard. A fantastic book that deserves a place of honor on a nearby shelf where you can refer back to it time and time again. This book will be showing sign of great wear in our house for the incredible fountain of knowledge that is offers. Two thumbs up...it would be more if I had more thumbs to point up!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Martina

    I just literally finished this book. I'm speechless and in an awe of its contend. I have read numerous books on natural, herbal, or plant healing and remedies but this one surplus all of them. Not so much for the amount of information as for the quality of writer's supportive statements backed up by her wast knowledge and biochemist background. I want to buy a dozen copies of this book and send them to every of my beloved family member to read it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Instead of living a simple life after reading this book I wanted to spend a pile of money on trees that likely wouldn't grow in my zone as well as re-outfit my kitchen with all new plates, cups etc. instead of feeling more drawn to simple living I left the book envious of how brilliant minded this author is and wishing I lived on her farm. Not quite the feeling I was hoping to walk away with. It is an interesting read however.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I'm not technically finished this book but I feel it is a book to referred to over time not read in one sitting. In fact, I feel this is a book you will refer to over and over again. This book is filled to bursting with useful information which is written in a fashion which is both easy to understand and an interesting read. This book should be on everyones bookshelves.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    A pleasant read. Now how about something for us prairie country dwellers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Hill

    An excellent book written by a highly intelligent individual who has spent her life studying the natural world. It is written in a simple language for the general public to understand but at times it slips into too much scientific detail, thus my rating of 4 versus 5. Still I would highly recommend this book. It is divided into three parts: Health and Food, Home and Garden, and The Larger World. There are two quotes from the book that moved me: "Poetry opens the soul and expands the ability to f An excellent book written by a highly intelligent individual who has spent her life studying the natural world. It is written in a simple language for the general public to understand but at times it slips into too much scientific detail, thus my rating of 4 versus 5. Still I would highly recommend this book. It is divided into three parts: Health and Food, Home and Garden, and The Larger World. There are two quotes from the book that moved me: "Poetry opens the soul and expands the ability to fly with thought and ideas to other places." (p.328-329) AND "We will make a difference to nature, one by one and tree by tree."(p.332) Looking forward to seeing the documentary Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees" which features the same author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ~Krystal Bunce~~*Interested BookWorm*~

    Although this book had many interesting topics and tidbits, the title of it is misleading. I thought this was going to be a self help book on how to be more peaceful based on wisdom and science from nature, however this book talked much about trees and bio-diversities and little about how to be more peaceful and happy. The book was good and informative but I think I'd have liked it better if it gave me tips on how to naturally reduce my stress and also teach myself how to live more peacefully wi Although this book had many interesting topics and tidbits, the title of it is misleading. I thought this was going to be a self help book on how to be more peaceful based on wisdom and science from nature, however this book talked much about trees and bio-diversities and little about how to be more peaceful and happy. The book was good and informative but I think I'd have liked it better if it gave me tips on how to naturally reduce my stress and also teach myself how to live more peacefully within myself.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet Carkner

    I expected to really like this book, because I loved "Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest". But I had a hard time finishing this one -- it was too folksy for me compared to Arboretum America. I don't disagree with the message she gives in "The Sweetness of a Simple Life" but it wasn't that enlightening for me, and I think my expectations were too high for this short and simple book. That said, I truly admire Diana Beresford-Kroeger, and appreciate her passion about living with nature.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Reading this book is a personal journey taken alongside the author. It has a beautifully crafted series of short essays that flow together to create an outline to live life well. Read it to feel and become more connected with nature. It's your turn to open the page to start the adventure...Diana is waiting for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lester

    "Get some sleep..Good sleep at night gives health to your day..." Every single chapter/story is pretty amazing!! An excellent book to read before bedtime! Thankx.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Myltschenko

    Really feel fortunate that I won this. Great insights and a good easy read as well. I enjoyed this and would recommend to those I know I'm a second.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine

    Amazing. So much I didn't know. So much advice I hope to follow. I'll definitely read it again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Caplan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cala Camille

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helen Moffatt

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mila

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jade Paxton

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ysabel

  23. 4 out of 5

    SkittishElf

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  25. 5 out of 5

    Q

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ann

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Rosentreter

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dyann

  29. 4 out of 5

    Abcdarian

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donald Nichol

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