The first book that I read about living a simple lifestyle was Timeless Simplicity by John Lane. It is still one of my favourite books and one that I have read time and time again.
Everything about this book from the simple woodcut illustrations to the inspirational quotes speak volumes to me.
” This is a book about simplicity – not destitution, parsimoniousness or self-denial, but the restoration of wealth in the midst of an afflence in which we are starving the spirit. It is a book about the advantages of living a less cluttered, less stressful life than that which has become the norm in the overcrowded and manic-paced consuming nations. It is a book about having less and enjoying more, enjoying time to do the work you love, enjoying time to spend with your family, enjoying time to pursue creative projects, enjoying time for good eating, enjoying time just to be. “
You can find out more about the author John Lane at http://www.greenbooks.co.uk/Contributor/15/John-Lane.html