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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307591395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591395
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Global Sufficiency Network gives this book its highest recommendation. July 1 2010
By Marilyn Levin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a PIVOTAL book within the emerging Sufficiency Movement. This is a MUST READ for anyone who wants a fulfilling life and a just, equitable and sustainable world. As the Founder of Global Sufficiency Network [...] I applaud Wayne Muller for this brilliant contribution to the world.

I found myself highlighting almost every sentence in the book. It is filled with wit and wisdom that empowers the reader to transform his/her life and contribute to a better world. This will be one of those books that I recommed to everyone I know and give away to family and friends as gifts all year long!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Enough is a verb May 24 2010
By John K. Kehoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wayne Muller's book is a gem. Most of us live in a constant pursuit of MORE. More money. More accomplishments. More recognition. More love. More influence. And like the gerbil on the treadmill, the harder we run, the more dissatisfied we are.
Muller offers an very healthy and practical alternative. To slow down and savor what we have today. It does not have to be maximum or perfect, which are our obsessions. Rather, it just has to be enough to enjoy now.
J.K. Kehoe
Rice University
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Balm for the Soul April 25 2010
By Honey Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like a drink of cool water on a warm summer's day, Wayne Muller's words gently soothe the anxious, desperate ache of not being or doing enough, and offer a real life path to a brighter, happier, more fulfilling existence.

Wherever you are on your journey, "A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough" will help guide you through the rough spots and toward the clear open water.

Honey Ward
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A compelling argument for 'less is more" Dec 20 2010
By Niki Collins-queen, Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wayne Muller mixes the writing of great spiritual leaders with stories from his own life inviting us to embrace the wealth of everyday life. He illustrates in "A life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough" how planning some harvest of ease and sufficiency later in life can keep us from attending to what's happening right now. When we are grounded in all that we know and have become we simply do what we know to be enough.
As a Hospice Chaplain Muller witnessed the concerns of the dying. The concerns were quite simple. "Have I loved well? Have I lived deeply and fully? Have I left a legacy of kindness?"
Muller's illness taught him to do less and more slowly and follow the invisible thread of grace by listening every hour of every day. To his surprise it brought him more spaciousness and delight.
Mother Teresa concurred. "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Martin Luther King put it another way, "Don't focus on the far-off destination...you don't have to see the whole staircase just take the first step."
One of Muller's lessons from the wisdom of a dying friend with breast cancer was particularly powerful. Because she appeared a beacon of clarity, strength and hope he was stunned to learn that she was dying. Feeling bone-weary, distracted and discouraged he asked how she managed to be so luminous, vital, alive and optimistic. She said she stopped doing two things - she no longer held any resentments and she surrounded herself with life-giving people. She also said she learned to say no and set clear boundaries.
The very practice of seeking can sometimes presume we are not where we need to be that this minute cannot possibly be enough. The Buddha taught we would experience ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows in a human life. The trick is first to see our glass is always half full and half empty. The whole world is neither broken nor whole.
Happiness is an inside job. Sufficiency and contentment are grown in the soil of moments.
Muller says we all have a compelling thirst to be seen, known and loved just as we are. When people are heard with love and mercy a miraculous change erupts in them and others. While working with prisoners Muller says he had to fall a little bit in love with them so he could see clearly the light that shone within them, regardless of their choices or circumstance.
Muller says scientists say Americans suffer more stress from overwork, lack of sleep and pushing and striving without knowing what is enough. We are a fear and crisis-driven society. When our immune systems are perpetually "lit up" our ability to fend off diseases is weakened. The United States health care system is no longer a safety net for illness. Of the top nineteen wealthiest, most industrialized, modern Western countries in the world, the US ranks last in curing preventable diseases. We are behind France, Spain, Portugal and Greece.
Loving what is does not mean we stop growing, changing or working to improve. It is a softening of the eyes, a quieting of the mind, a deepening love and appreciation for all life. Life is not a problem to be solved but a gift to be opened. "The color of the sky, the song of a bird, a word of kindness..." This is why many spiritual teachers focus on a single day. What is our pace? What is the tempo of our heart? Are we listening to our inner voice? Often, like Jesus, we do the most good wandering around without a specific agenda.
Before we can accept things as they are we must first learn to see things as they are. Acceptance often becomes gratitude.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
enough is enough Nov. 18 2010
By Lobo Colinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this book on doing enough, Wayne muller certainly has done enough. The pertinent ideas from this whole book were said in the first two chapters and the rest of the book consists of rambling irrelevant thoughts and passages taken verbatim from some of his other works. The main thesis is wonderful and very relevant and nicely presented, but Muller could have said all he really had to say on this topic in a short essay. On page 49- he was stressed out over not coming up with enough material to fill the publisher's wants- a friend told him to just forget about it and "write whatever your heart wants to say, and whenever you feel finished, just stop." Out of 61 chapters I found 26 that had nothing whatsoever to do with the topic and which were just rambling space fillers. Of the remaining 35 chapters, at least 10 were totally marginal. They had a good point or two, but how could a writer like Muller not be able to drop a little gem, even if it's irrelevant, into a two page chapter. Our church did a series on this book and I was embarrassed for Wayne for all the fluff and reused material and irrelevant chapters and for the 300 people who paid $25 for this book. I definitely would NOT recommend this book for any price above $5.00