Title: Less of More
Author: Chris Nye
“The more we chase after “more,” the less we will get,” Chris Nye declares in his book, Less of More: Pursuing Spiritual Abundance in a World of Never Enough.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-eighty-four-page paperback targets those who want to have a more abundant life with Christ instead of concentrating on earthly status and position. Divided into three parts, ten chapters cover the topic of less being better, ending with acknowledgments, bibliography, and the author’s biography. Using mainly the English Standard Version of The Holy Bible, the HCSB, NIV, and NLT are also referenced. Due to discussions about homelessness, sexual assault, and suicide, it may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this book, church pastor Nye promotes that the American Story of More is self-destructive, self-defeating, and unattainable while the Biblical Counter-Narrative that follows in Jesus’s way is sincere and satisfying. Instead of desiring unlimited growth, comfortable isolation, overt fame, power status, and increasing wealth, deeper happiness can be obtained through thoughtful pacing, community outreach, unpretentious obscurity, open vulnerability, and humble generosity. Also noted are Biblical teachings and Jesus’s parables along with other written documentation.
This is is an honest approach to dealing with materialism, striving for success, and overcoming pride regarding America’s obsession with more, more, more. The book would be helpful for most generations caught up in the crave for power, position, and products while sacrificing their schedules and relationships with God and others. I like how the writer from the Silicon Valley approaches social media, megachurches, poverty, and spending money by honest communication, slow but steady participation, and giving with humility while including the eternal plan of salvation.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand this read that focuses on Him and not ourselves or what we can obtain in this life. Some may not be at the stage of maturity to understand that less is better than more, and the constant need to procure things adds stress, not happiness, to life. A few may not like the writer’s many added personal experiences about taquerias, dog walks, Turkey trips, trash dumps, or book writing.
~ Wish ~
I felt the book would best be targeted toward other pastors as it often includes the role of the church in society and how it can help others. Since the author is decades younger than me, I wish he mentioned how satisfying it is to be older, have less out of choice, and be content with how God has designed one’s life. I prefer all pronouns of God to be capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you have been asking yourself if you really can do and be more if you had more, this counter-narrative book on how Americans value their wealth and self-worth would be a quick, informative read that may make you question where you stand and why.
Thanks to BakerBooks for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2M5QCMJ