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A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity

A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity [Kindle Edition]

William Coperthwaite , Peter Forbes
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"This book, a richly textured exploration of Bill Coperthwaite's work and thought, encourages us to take the lessons of his life to heart. Each of us has the potential to craft our own lives with our own hands--actively, joyfully, and nonviolently, drawing upon the wisdom of our ancestors, striving for justice in the present, and fulfilling our obligations to those who will inherit our legacy." --John Saltmarsh

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William Coperthwaite is a teacher, builder, designer, and writer who for many years has explored the possibilities of true simplicity on a homestead on the north coast of Maine. In the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Helen and Scott Nearing,Coperthwaite has fashioned a livelihood of integrity and completeness—buying almost nothing, providing for his own needs, and serving as a guide and companion to hundreds of apprentices drawn to his unique way of being.His writing is both philosophical and practical,exploring themes of beauty, work, education,and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life. Richly illustrated with luminous color photographs by Peter Forbes, A Handmade Life is a moving and inspirational testament to a new practice of old ways of life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3469 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (27 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EDY1U6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The landmark book on simple living. 8 Jun 2009
Buy this book if you admire people who walk the walk. This book i have had for two years now and I continue to go back to beceause it moves me, inspires me and reminds me there are others like me who are living lightly on the earth and doing it with such grace and beauty that It has to be the right way of living. Simply wonderfull and has blessed my life since its day of purchase thankyou Bill Coperthwaite for giving this to the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 29 May 2009
By Martin
This is a beautiful book, written to be read by a lake, in solitude - quietly and thoughtfully. Lovely photos and inspiration from the usual sources - Gandhi, the Nearings, Ruskin and Thoreau. A must for anyone building a library on simple living, handcrafting and dreaming of peaceful existence. Drift away.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars holistic answers 26 Jun 2010
By Juditha
The most inspiring book I have come across in a long time.
Here we can find some simple and holistic answers to the desperate situation of our modern consumer society.
It covers a wide range of social, environmental and spiritual aspects, e.g. the
futility of joyless learning in schools. He also points out the importance of loving the work we do and not just working to earn money.
The author shows deep respect for nature as well as indigenous people and their sustainable life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book of concentrated nutrients for mind 13 May 2011
A book of inspiration and encouragement! A book that moves those who already live as simply and naturally as possible. Wish i could have known this book earlier! Ever since buying the first copy, i have been buying more copies to give to people who are on the path searching for meaning in this unsustainable society where greed is regarded as need.

It is the best 'dish' i have enjoyed in many years that i can't help going back to enjoy it often. More importantly, it is up to each of us to make a change by starting from small things in our lives that eventually big snowballs will form.
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