This is the book that started it all for me. I read it for the first time years ago and it was the first time I realized that there was another way to live and that people were doing it right here under my nose! For me, it's an inspirational and enlightening book much more than an actual guide (despite it's name). I get lots of ideas, lots of food for thought but there's not really instructions on how to do DIY projects or cooking. It has chapters on love and dating, finances, children and much more. If you're even a bit interested in the simpler life, see if you can find a copy. I go back to mine every so often when I need a bit of a reminder as to why I'm doing all of this. After all, living the simple life sure can be hard work!