The More of Less

The More of Less

Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

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Random House, Inc.
Don’t Settle for More
 
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 life we wish we were living.
 
Live a better life with less.
 
In The More of Less, Joshua Becker 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
• Experience the joys of generosity
• Learn why the best part of minimalism isn’t a clean house, it’s a full life
 
The beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives. 
 
Make Room in Your Life for What You Really Want
 
“Maybe you don’t need to own all this stuff.” After a casual conversation with his neighbor on Memorial Day 2008, Joshua Becker realized he needed a change. He was spending far too much time organizing possessions, cleaning up messes, and looking for more to buy.
 
So Joshua and his wife decided to remove the nonessential possessions from their home and life. Eventually, they sold, donated, or discarded over 60 percent of what they owned. In exchange, they found a life of more freedom, more contentment, more generosity, and more opportunity to pursue the things that mattered most.
 
The More of Less delivers an empowering plan for living more by owning less. With practical suggestions and encouragement to personalize your own minimalist style, Joshua Becker shows you why minimizing possessions is the best way to maximize life.
 
Are you ready for less cleaning, less anxiety, and less stress in your life? Simplicity isn’t as complicated as you think.

Baker & Taylor
Offers a guide to adopting a minimalist lifestyle, offering practical advice and encouraging readers to find contentment by divesting themselves of nonessential possessions.

Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781601427960
Branch Call Number: 241.68 B3886m 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.

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sixhens
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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