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Released Today – Simple Living Handbook

simplelivinghandbookcoverwidget1I am so excited to say that The Simple Living Handbook‘ is published!

This is my first traditionally published book and I can’t really express how exciting it is!

The Simple Living Handbook is a combination of a guide book to simplifying your life with the story of how we simplified ours.  It talks specifically about simple living in the home, our lives, and our minds.

It has been my baby for over a year now and I am pretty proud of it.

Publishers Weekly reviewed it and said:

“While readers might be expecting yet another book on how to simply clean and organize material possessions, the author goes several steps further to apply the
simplification process to all areas of life. This thought-provoking offering will have
readers seeing their lives and possessions in a new light.”

Publishers Weekly

Skyhorse Publishing says:

Society is quick to fill our minds and home with all the latest gadgets, tools, obligations, and entertainment, but what happens when it all doesn’t fit? In The Simple Living Handbook: Discover the Joy of a De-Cluttered Life (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2013), Lorilee Lippincott shares her inspiring story of simplification and teaches readers how to do the same.

The Simple Living Handbook is a how-to memoir about creating a life that has space for what really matters to you. Lippincott’s road to simplicity started in the fall of 2010 when she was on the verge of a breakdown. Her life was basically “normal”—husband, two kids, comfortable home, three home businesses—but she felt like she was running a rat race. She was desperate for more time and space to focus on family, health, and her own interests. So she and her husband decided to cut back on clutter—drastically. Now the family of four lives in a one-bedroom apartment with only the possessions they actually need and use; they stick to a simple diet of only whole foods; and they have managed to become productive without feeling busy. They’ve never been happier or healthier.

Through personal stories, advice, and tips, Lippincott teaches how to make the hard decisions necessary to simplify your home and your schedule. Beyond that, she discusses how her faith helps her address the hidden emotional hoarding that threatens to keep our souls running in circles. Through her inspiring story, readers will learn to take a step back, reassess priorities, and commit to making space for those people and things that really matter.

This book has some history, let me tell you about it:

This book was first self-published by me last March under the title 321 Stop: stop running and start living.  It was my first book and I had no idea what I was doing.  It was a leap outside my comfort zone and had a lot of help from friends and other writers.  I would say that it was a fun experience, but honestly it was mostly terrifying trying something so new.

Amazingly it started selling and sold several thousand in the first few months.

Last July I was approached by Skyhorse publishing wanting to traditionally publish the book.  At first I was sure it was a scam.  I had tried a few publishers when I first wrote the book who didn’t even e-mail me back.  But with some e-mail dialogue and contract negotiation we had a signed contract.

Over the last 6 months the book has been polished both editorially and visually to be professionally printed.  If you ask me, it is beautiful 🙂


  1. If you purchased 321 Stop: stop running and start living – don’t get this book… it is the same book with only minor additions and editing changes.  I would feel bad if you paid for it twice.
  2. If you haven’t read 321 Stop, then I highly recommend this book (though I admit my opinion may be a bit bias)

If you read 321 Stop and liked it would you recommend The Simple Living Handbook to a friend?  

While published under the title 321 Stop: stop running and start living the book sold over 20,000 copies!

If you read one of those copies I would love it if you would review it under the new title The Simple Living Handbook on Amazon so other buyers can know more about the book?

I really want to thank you as a reader for coming by this blog and reading.  Not all of you stop to comment, but the growth of this blog in the last year has been so encouraging.  We are in this crazy world together, learning about life, living and what really matters 🙂  Thank-You!


  1. Karen Karen

    I saw this book in Barnes and Noble in Huntsville, Alabama last Tuesday!!! Congratulations!

  2. Gem Gem

    *Squeal* (and you know I don’t do that too often 🙂 ) I just looked it up in our catalog. It looks like we have 2 copies on order so far and it has 5 requests on it. Congratulations!

  3. Emily Emily

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it—always looking for new ideas for honing the art of simplification…..thank you!

  4. Congratulations!! I’m so excited about this book! I know it will change countless lives. 🙂

    I ordered my copy today. I’m looking forward to reading it and then passing it along to someone else.

  5. Congratulations, Lorilee!!!

    I will definitely have to buy a copy.

    And maybe I’ll get the guts to start self-publishing. 😉

  6. Sooo exciting – congratulations!

  7. gretchen morrison gretchen morrison

    Hey beautiful congrads. You are doing a wonderful job keep up the great work.

  8. This is so exciting, Lorilee! Congrats!!

  9. This is VERY exciting, indeed! I’m celebrating this great milestone with you! Congrats!

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