Mina Parker is a freelance writer, editor, and mom. We loved her other book with photographer Daniel Talbott titled Silver Linings: Meditations on Finding Joy and Beauty in Unexpected Places. She has a knack for discerning and beautifully expressing everyday spirituality. And his visual contributions to the book on the beauties and the bounties of the natural world are breathtaking! Less Is More is divided into four thematic sections:

• Hidden Treasures
• Enough Is Enough
• What You See Is What You Get
• Credit Where Credit Is Due

Despite the tensions, anxieties and ample insecurities of our times, we can, according to Parker, "reclaim the good life through a renewed attention to the little things that matter most. Once found and claimed, that's a treasure chest that can never be pirated away."

We can bring more order and clarity to our lives through simplicity. One of Parker's favorite proverbs (Swedish) expresses this well: "Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours."

The author shares some of the things that can serve as catalysts to contentment: a slow and quiet bath, getting rid of our extra stuff, a good laugh, savoring acts of maintenance, keeping old friends, making meaning, turning off the doubt, giving thanks, and realizing that there are no mistakes.