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Life is not work, work is not life

By Robert K. Johnston and J Walker Smith

Wild Canyon Press, 2001

RRP $21.95

Reviewed by Con Graves.

Con switched to a life of voluntary simplicity aimed at reducing his impact on the earth and reducing stress in his own life and the lives of those around him.

He worships at Newlife Uniting on the Gold Coast.

This book is written in the same style as the Don’t Sweat national best-sellers written by the late Richard Carlson.

Containing a series of quotes and then short stories, it challenges the reader to question their work-life balance and some of the unconscious behaviours that sabotage the separation of work and life.

It is composed of a diverse range of chapters that can be read sequentially or on their own and addresses subjects around the work-life balance such as work, time, play, spirituality, strength, joy, and materialism.

Life is not work, work is not life is written in a very readable style and would appeal to a broad audience, particularly those who are questioning whether they have got the balance right.

It would also appeal to readers who lead an ‘always on’ life where there is never enough time in the day.

In summary, a great little book with some challenging ideas for everyone who takes the time to read it.