The 100 Thing Challenge

The 100 Thing Challenge

How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul

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The author tells the intriguing story of his attempt to whittle down all his possessions to only 100 things, discusses lessons learned and offers ways for readers to take on the challenge. Original. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell Publishing

“Reading this will lead you to a better life.”
—Dean Nelson, author of God Hides in Plain Sight


In The 100 Thing Challenge Dave Bruno relates how he remade his life and regained his soul by getting rid of almost everything. But The 100 Thing Challenge is more than just the story of how one man started a movement to unhook himself from consumerism by winnowing his life’s possessions down to 100 things in one year. It’s also an inspiring, invigorating guide to how we all can begin to live simpler, more meaningful lives.

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Recounts the author's experience in restricting his personal possessions to only one hundred items, and includes his reflections on consumerism, the culture of materialism, and the personal growth he found on his journey.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061787744
Branch Call Number: 306.3092 BRU
Characteristics: xiii, 207 p. ;,21 cm.


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Mar 08, 2017

Cool idea but,poorly written book and the idea isn’t well executed. Author has a packrat problem and spends most of the book trying to get ready for the challenge (getting rid of things and buying the best thing to replace what was gotten rid of) and being defensive about how he’s doing it. The rest of it is just rambling about consumer culture and how his life has lead him there thus far. Would have been better staying a blog post rather than becoming a book.

Jun 02, 2016

I give this a 3 of 5 five because it slightly too "Christian" in its orientation. But the revelation I got out of it was how little we need to exist. Also, the list in the appendix of what he kept and lived on, is valuable.

Dec 17, 2014

I'm reading a lot right now about minimalism, voluntary simplicity, and intentional living. This is one of the best I've read on the topic. Mostly because the author really dives into to mentality, reasoning, purpose, function, and deep value of minimalism. He also takes about the precise number of things being arbitrary but necessary for him to truly living a materialistically purposeful life. Also, the challenge lasting a year is equally arbitrary and necessary. It had to be a volume and length that are both significant and within reason. Numbers that are both achievable and not overly onerous. I love how he shares the internal dialog he has with himself when he is trying to determine which way to go, what option to choose, and how far to go for the challenge. Wether or not you take the 100 thing challenge on, this is a tremendously worthwhile book for anyone looking to live more deliberately.

Jun 25, 2012

A very ho-hum read for such a timely subject on being consumers and what its costing us and the Planet.
His idea is great- but the writting is tepid at best. He blags a bit about how quickly his blog took off into cyberspace and how the media was on his case for interviews...blahblahblah..sigh..
He is among those who is established so speaks from a perspective of having a choice regarding lifestyle, housing,health care ect...I'm glad the journey of simplifying his need for "stuff" made him realise most of it was not really necessary. He could have simplified the book into a 3 page poem instead and save the paper for when his writting improves..

Apr 30, 2012

Really nothing new here and at times the author comes across as someone who is just very lucky in his affluent life circumstance.


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Jul 31, 2016

Not for the faint of heart. Bruno challenges you to rethink everything you possess then winnow all your "stuff" into only 100 precious items. I tried (and continue to work on) this concept in a much more limited fashion and learned that less really is more. Treasures shine without too much competition. Bruno chats as he describes the process, keeping the reader's attention and focus.

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