ECPA's Rush To Press

Living Well, Spending Less sells 100,000 copies
in under a year

Robin Barnett
Director of Public Relations
(616) 698-3251 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 14, 2015—Since Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life released on December 30, 2014, more than 100,000 copies have changed how readers look at spending money. The book immediately appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and debut author Ruth Soukup delivers on her promise to show readers how to live better lives without falling into the familiar traps of excess and overspending.

“The Zondervan team is thrilled to see Ruth’s book hit this sales milestone in less than a year,” says Tom Dean, vice president of marketing for trade books. “Ruth is a relentless evangelist for the Living Well, Spending Less lifestyle and those tireless efforts from her and the Zondervan team is what has pushed the book to this significant sales number so quickly.”

Living Well, Spending Less launched with a 12 Secrets Challenge on Soukup’s highly successful blog and garnered media attention from The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and Newsday among many others. Rachel Cruze, co-author with Dave Ramsey of Smart Money Smart Kids, endorsed the book calling an “incredible book that will teach you how to spend smart without compromising a great life. Ruth’s stories and practical advice will make you want to be a better mother, wife, sister and friend.”

Soukup is a sought-after personal finance blogger who reaches over 1.5 million readers every month through her blog, Living Well, Spending Less. She shares how she transformed her past problems with overspending and gives advice, tips and inspiration for living on a budget. (

In January 2016, Zondervan is releasing a downloadable video study based on Living Well, Spending Less, featuring four video sessions and a free printable study guide. Additionally, Zondervan will release a video study to accompany Soukup’s sophomore title, Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul, concurrent with the trade book release in April 2016.

About the Books and Curriculum:  Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life (Zondervan, 12/30/14, $15.99, 9780310337676); Curriculum (9780310886464); Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul (Zondervan, 4/5/16, $16.99, 9780310337690)

About the Author:

Ruth Soukup is a blogger, wife, mom and New York Times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less.  Her site,, is one of the top personal finance & lifestyle blogs on the web, averaging over 1.5 million visitors per month, and she is also the founder of the Living Well Planner (, an all-in-one tool to help you organize your goals, budget and schedule. Ruth lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and two daughters Maggie and Annie. You can follow Ruth at @RuthSoukup on Twitter and at

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit