The More of Less

The More of Less

Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Book - 2016
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One of today's most influential minimalist advocates, Joshua Becker used to spend his days accumulating more and more. But then he realized his possessions were not only failing to make him happy, they were actually keeping him from the very things that do. Instead of bringing fulfillment, they brought distraction. In The More of Less, Joshua helps you recognize the life-giving benefits of owning less; realize how all the stuff you own is keeping you from pursuing your dreams; craft a personal, practical approach to decluttering your home and life; recognize why you buy more than you need; discover greater contentment, less envy, and more joy; experience the joys of generosity; and learn why the best part of minimalism isn't a clean house, it's a full life. It's time to own your possessions instead of letting them own you. After all, the beauty of minimalism isn't in what it takes away. It's in what it gives.--COVER.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781601427960
Branch Call Number: 241.68 B3957m 2016
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 19 cm


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Jun 19, 2016

Another title in the long list of books about living a minimalist lifestyle. Joshua Becker is relatively new to the simplified life and he credits a lot of others for their guidance.

He does add a bit to the cause by claiming that the road to a more simplified lifestyle is an individual journey. he defines minimalism as "the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts you from them." He also advocates not so much minimalism as helping people to get rid of the possessions that will enable them to live the best lives they can.

Becker is a youth minister and there are numerous religious references throughout the book. He doesn't espouse religion per se, yet the LIbrary of Congress classified this book under religion. Several reviewers were turned off by the religious examples; I don't feel that they detract from the book and that Becker is just being true to his calling and beliefs.

I particularly benefited from the chapters on the draw of consumerism and the ideas of experimenting on getting rid of possessions to see if you can live without them.

The books is a nice complement to the subject and I recommend it.

Jun 10, 2016

Found this book boring rather than inspiring. The stories don't match my life, nor did I find advice like trade in your stand mixer for a hand held model helpful.


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