Book review: Living Well Spending Less, by Ruth Soukup

February 5, 2015

I recently had the chance to read Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, by Ruth Soukup. This nonfiction book was released on December 30, 2014 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

Have you ever felt that your life–and budget–is spiraling out of control? Do you sometimes wish you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a chaotic life? Is it possible to find balance?

 In a word, yes. Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how stressful an unorganized life and budget can be. Through personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, home, and finances. With honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, Ruth will help you:
* Discover your “sweet spot”–that place where your talents and abilities intersect.
* Take back your time and schedule by making simple shifts in your daily habits.
* Reduce stress in your home and family by clearing out the clutter.
* Stop busting your budget and learn to cut your grocery bill in half.
* Bring order to a messy life and create a practical cleaning schedule that works.
Living Well, Spending Less was written to bring hope and encouragement to every woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed with a life–and budget–that feels out of control. It speaks to the mom trying to juggle all the demands of a busy life with the pressure to keep up with those around her. It is a practical guide for those of us who often long to pull ourselves together but don’t always know how. It is real, honest, packed with practical tips, and speaks to the heart of the matter–how can we live the life we’ve always wanted?

Want to know if this book is for you?
* Do you ever find yourself comparing your life to those around you?
* Have you ever wished for the courage to follow your dreams?
* Do you ever struggle to stay organized or get things done?
* Have you ever felt loaded down with stuff you don’t really need….or even really want?
* Do you ever struggle to keep your finances on track?
* Have you ever wished for a cleaner house?
* Do you sometimes long for deeper, more authentic relationships in your life?If the answer to any of these questions is YES, this book provides real and practical solutions from someone who has been there. Ruth doesn’t just offer advice, she walks it with you, and shares with brutal honesty her own mistakes, failures, and shortcomings. It is encouraging, motivating, and life-changing.

My Verdict:

I adored this book. It’s split into two sections (living well and spending less) and I assumed I would read quickly through the “living well” section to get to the “spending less” section, since that’s a subject I’m particularly passionate about. I was wrong. The “living well” section was actually my favorite! Soukup writes about time management, efficiency, life goals, and more, and all in such an interesting and motivating way! I have already started making changes based on the suggestions from this book. I am streamlining my morning routine and clearing out the clutter in my home. I often read this kind of book, think “that was good!” and move on unchanged. This book actually got me to make changes in my life! Highly recommended for those who are already fans of Soukup’s Living Well Spending Less blog, as well as those who’ve never heard of her but want to learn to be more efficient with both their money and their time.

If you like video trailers for books, here’s one for Living Well Spending Less:

If you’d like to check out Living Well Spending Less it is currently on sale for $9.11 for the Kindle version right now (regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $9.59. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Nikki T.  |  February 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Thank you for posting and sharing! I’ve been searching for something to help motivate me to tackle what feels absolutely insurmountable in my life and home especially with homeschooling and a new pet added to my plate… busy and overwhelmed shouldn’t be my standard! I also was desperate for something to infuse my spirit with encouraging scripture as I followed knowledgeable & practical advice. I’m so ready for this! Already downloaded it onto my phone for reading with my Kindle app and I also bought her book, “31 Days To A Clutter Free Life: One Month to Clear Your Home, Mind & Schedule” [Kindle Edition]. Bring it on! Thanks again Christy!


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