Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill, and it distracts us from the very lives we wish we were living. But it doesn't have to be this way.
In The More of Less, Joshua Becker helps you:
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.
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"I'm so inspired by this wise, timely book!" (Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine)
I really enjoyed this book because it shares the author's philosophy around minimalism with some discussion of his personal path. I thought his reasoning was very inspiring. His narration wasn't great, but was good enough. It's a bit heavy in Christian parables, which wasn't my favorite part, but I am glad I listened to the book and would recommend it for others who are interested in this lifestyle.
Hundreds of great reasons to downsize, not much concrete advice on how to accomplish that. Maybe it is just as simple as "get rid of excess stuff." But if we knew how to do that we wouldn't be reading this book.
the information offered in the book is good. however the authors should have chosen someone else to narrate this work. The author's narration is extremely aggravating because he tends to drop the last syllable of most sentences,
I write this as an A-religious person who has listened thoughtfully to many many spiritual growth books that reference Jesus. Cerainly we can learn from all walks of life and many themes are universal. However, I just couldn't get past the intro and first chapter, which is heavy with reference to the author's church, sermonizing, and to Jesus himself. Wish I would've known this was the kind of crowd for this book...would've saved the credit for Marie Kondo or the Minimalists.
Mr. Becker does more than provide a simple checklist to become a "minimalist". In this book he shares a belief that minimalism looks different for everyone who chooses to pursue it. Minimalism, like money management and so many other areas of our lives are simple in premise yet difficult in practice in the beginning. This books defines the why before the how and addresses many of the behavioral barriers many will face on the road to a simpler and more intentional life. I have lived a version of this life for some time and can attest to its benefits. This book is well written and well worth the time.
I loved the Christian perspective that this book had on minimalism. I think that a person of any or no religion would also enjoy this book, but I did especially appreciate the application of using your time and saved resources that come from a minamalist lifestyle to pursue dreams including those of service and ministry.
I listened to this book while decluttering my home and it was very motivating! This was my introduction to Joshua Becker and have since found his blog and enjoy that as well!
Thank you, Becker family!
The book only provides very limited advice on the practical aspects of decluttering. The overall tone is preachy in reference to our modern world. The author's interspersed Bible references were off topic and off putting.
I really enjoyed this book, is the type of book you want to go back and listen to again. It brings many good ideas and reminders to keep life simple and give. Loved his ideas on giving and sharing and taking time to invest in others.
Minimalism doesn't require any sort of religion or spirituality, yet this book uses the word "Jesus" more than the word Minimalism.
We all get caught up in the material aspects of life because that is the norm but it is sucking the life out of people and what is truly important which is people and community. I highly recommend this book. Becoming a Minimalist I welcome. This book is inspiring!
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