Title: The More of Less
Author: Joshua Becker
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
“I don’t need to own all this stuff,” Joshua Becker realizes in his book, The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-forty-page paperback targets those who want to become more minimalistic in their possessions and attitudes. Thirteen chapters cover the topic of minimalism, ending with acknowledgments, notes, and the author’s biography.
In this book, the author promotes getting rid of the non-necessities in life and finding purpose by choosing what is truly needed. Explaining the why of minimalism, the traps of commercialism, and that our excess is someone else’s supply, the author offers a twenty-nine-day plan of minimalizing, a list of clutter busters, how to avoid addiction to busyness, and a way to generously give through charities including his The Hope Effect Foundation. He also notes Biblical teachings from Jesus and quotes from Solomon.
Having semi-retired when I turned fifty, my husband and I have already realized that having things does not mean happiness. The book would be helpful for most generations who get caught up in materialism and hoard or want more and more, sacrificing their schedules, body, and relationships. I like how Becker blended all aspects of minimalism from getting rid of things by donating, teaching their children about helping others, and focusing on what is more important.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not be at the stage of maturity to understand that less is better, and the constant need of procuring things adds stress, not happiness, to life.
~ Who ~
The founder and editor of a website dedicated to minimalism, Becker has written other books and magazine/newspaper articles as well as appeared on television. He and his family live in Arizona.
~ Wish ~
My husband and I are low maintenance people with no debt. At our stage of life, we only buy what we need, not superfluously desire. Since the author is decades younger than us, I wish the book also mentioned how satisfying it is to be older, have less out of choice, and be content with how God has designed one’s life.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for book on how to declutter and cut back so you can become more of a minimalist, this may have some information that may make a lifetime change, but for others who are on the track of destressing through decluttering, only a few suggestions were gleaned by this reader.
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