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Feeling overwhelmed by all your stuff? Whether you're weighed down by endless clutter, taking steps to scale down your surroundings, or trying to avoid getting trapped in the first place, Becker has practical, paradigm-changing advice! Learn why owning fewer possessions can help you go further in life---and why contentment is essential for happiness.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2016
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More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive GenerosityJeff ShinabargerDavid C. Cook / 2013 / Hardcover$1.99 Retail:Video
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Don’t Settle for More
Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers won’t close, our closets are filled, and we can’t fit our cars in our garages. The evidence of clutter is all around us.
Meanwhile, this constant accumulation of stuff slowly begins robbing us of life. It redirects our God-given passions. It steals our greatest potential. It consumes our limited resources. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
One of today’s most influential minimalist advocates, Joshua Becker, used to spend his days accumulating more and more. But then he realized how 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
- discover greater contentment, less envy, and more joy
- recognize why you buy more than you need
- experience the joys of generosity
- 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.
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.
Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine and Savor
"Joshua Becker is a distinguished voice in the modern minimalism movement. Engaging and nonjudgmental, The More of Less masterfully articulates the benefitsand the joyof living with less."
Joshua Fields Millburn, creator of theminimalists.com and coauthor of Everything That Remains
"Those of us attracted to minimalism often face a challenge: how do we invite our friends and family into this liberating way of life? With amusing stories and on-the-ground practical advice, Joshua explains how to make your minimalist journey a group endeavor. There are going to be a lot of happy children, spouses, and friends because of this book."
Dave Bruno, author of The 100 Thing Challenge
"Ive enjoyed Joshua Beckers message and writing for many years, and this is by far his best work. His very practical advice for living with less, together with moving stories from real people living with less, provides the tools and motivation for powerful change. Im in awe of how Becker weaves the step-by-step how to with the moving why to of minimalism."
Courtney Carver, author of Simple Ways to Be More With Less
"I opened The More of Less expecting to learn ways to minimize my excess. Instead, I learned freeing steps to maximize my life. Using relatable anecdotes and enlightening revelations, Joshua Becker reveals an innovative approach that adds more meaning to our schedules, personal well-being, relationships, finances, and passions. Dont let the word minimalist intimidate you. The More of Less helps you craft your own style of minimalism that aligns with your purpose. There are no drastic measures required, and no set plans you must follow. Open this book to unburden your life and give oxygen to what matters most."
Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times best-selling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life
"This is itthe book that will change your life with a surprisingly simple solution: Less can actually mean more. A whole lot more."
Jeff Goins, best-selling author of The Art of Work
"In his latest book, The More of Less, Joshua Becker leads you through the steps of finding the life you want by getting to the heart of what you need. If you have been looking for a practical, actionable guide to help you find a simpler and more fulfilling way of living, this is the book you need."
Patrick Rhone, author of enough
"People are motivated to change when they grasp three important things: the clear reasons change is needed (the "why"), the clear path of next steps that can be taken (the "how"), and a clear sense that the one calling for change is credible (the "who"). This definitive book on minimalism offers all three pieces. And because Joshua is a longtime practitioner with sound credibility, the reader can rest assured that whatever steps theyll be taking will lead to a richer life of joy, generosity, meaning, and wholeness. If you can read only one book on minimalism, this should be it."
Richard Dahlstrom, senior pastor of Bethany Community Church, Seattle, WA
"Often our biggest fear about living with less is that we might miss out, but Joshua Becker explains with crystal clarity just how much we have to gain from the minimalist lifestyle. Packed with actionable ideas you can apply today, The More of Less is the perfect balance of instruction and motivation. A must read!"
Ruth Soukup, New York Times best-selling author of Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul
"The More of Less is a great guide to starting and maintaining a life of simplicity."
Ryan Nicodemus, creator of theminimalists.com and co-author of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
"Joshua Becker is simply promoting a way to do life that is more than attractiveits a really big idea that will radically change lives. Read it."
Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Plywood People and author of More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity
"Joshua Becker is one of my heroes. The More of Less shows all of us how to embrace the joy of less and in so doing how to live a richer, deeper, and more intentional life. If youre struggling with too much stuff and too little happiness, here is your must-read."
Peter Walsh, author of the New York Times bestseller Its All Too Much
"Despite all the books and blogs Ive read about minimalism, and in spite of all the minimalists Ive talked to, I came to The More of Less a skeptic. Why say yes to an idea that says youve got to have less? By the end, thoughthanks to Joshua Beckers gentle, simple, persuasive way of explaining thingsId thrown out a bunch of stuff, and I was a convert. Hes right; minimalism isnt about less, its about more."
James Wallman, author of Stuffocation
dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The More Of LessJune 8, 2016dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The More Of Less, Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker, creator of BecomingMinimalist.com. Although in the long-run I did enjoy the book very much, I felt as if it started out on the slow side - so don't give up if you feel the same when you read it. It did take me several chapters to get into it as the beginning of the book deals with a lot of the background and how the whole process came about; but once I got into the actual procedures portion - it was very informative and enjoyable and I found myself taking notes as I read. It discusses the reasons we accumulate things (security, success, acceptance, and others) and the how and why we can reduce the amount of items we own and actually feel more free than we might feel right now - having more time, more money and more energy. It was interesting to learn that we use 20% of our things 80% of the time, the other 80%, we use 20% of the time.
The book gives you detailed instructions and various ways in which we can reduce our surplus. It allows you to start small if that is what you need - go through one drawer, one box, one closet, one room. One idea is to separate our items into various categories (donate, sell, recycle, toss) and then actually follow through with removing the items from our homes. It offers great ideas as to ways in which to get rid of the items - places I would have never thought to check into, should you choose not to sell all your items. It discusses how to deal with the items that we are not sure we want to get rid of, breaking it down into stages we can follow - until we are sure we want to let go of the item. It does not come across as putting you down if you are not ready for these measures, or making you feel like a hoarder; as a matter of fact, it discusses the fact that this process is not for everyone.
There are great ideas that take you beyond just de-cluttering your life. Joshua Becker gives you information based on tried and true situations which he and his family experienced - and also shares the experiences of people he has met on his journey. You will learn not only the best way to handle your surplus, but how you can invest the money you are now saving, grow your giving, and invest your time. This book goes well beyond just telling you how to reduce your clutter (and a lot of items which are NOT clutter) and helps you to realize that we do not need to fill our lives with things - that there are much more important things involved here.
I found "me" in many of these pages, especially when he discussed having a hard time letting go of items with sentimental attachments - how you can still keep part of your memories and bless others with the surplus. I very much liked the numerous options of what to do with everything - there is pretty much an idea for just about every mindset - all with the same end result: An easier lifestyle for you to enjoy and appreciating the items you do have.
I received this book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
brotherjoelAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Greater Pursuits than Material PossessionsMay 2, 2016brotherjoelAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Joshua Becker provides a concrete vision for living a countercultural lifestyle in "The More of Less." He challenges readers to consider the life of the minimalist, to turn their back on the call of materialism and live a life free of the trappings that come from over accumulation. Becker's goal in writing this text is to provide people with the freedom to live out their dreams. He challenges people to dream big and then encourages us to give up our pursuit of stuff in order to see our dreams realized.
He uses many personal examples as well as stories of other minimilists to make his point. One of the most inspirational stories is his own. He and his wife have formed a non-profit organization called The Hope Effect, which seeks to provide two parent homes to orphans. The founding of this organization became possible because of the minimalist lifestyle that Becker, along with his family, adopted. Without the resources saved through living as minimilists, Joshua Becker and his wife could never have realized the dream of founding The Hope Effect.
In challenging readers to pursue this lifestyle, Becker provides many steps that allow people to adopt minimalism. He explores many ideas from starting small to looking at the areas that are hardest for people. Some areas will be easier for some readers than others. For instance, I could easily give up some of my clothing. As I read, I mentally went through my closet and realized that while everything still fits, there are many things I have not worn since I graduated college 18 years ago. Clothing is easy. Books on the other hand, when Becker wrote that he took three bookshelves down to one I balked. Books would be a challenge area for me as I have a deep love for them and can see the potential in many of my books for research, growth, and furthering my career. Others, of course, are just for entertainment. An area that I am inspired to look at more closely is paper clutter. Becker makes the point that we do not need paper records as most stuff is available on-line. We just need to go through stuff and get rid of the excess.
I have not made the decision to become a minimalist, but it is a lifestyle I could begin approaching. I challenge people to read this book and consider its message. If you yourself do not choose the lifestsyle of minimalism, perhaps, like me, you could discover areas where you could embrace minimalist principles.
I received this book as a review copy from Multnomah Publishing Group's Blogging for Books program.
JanetTemple, TXGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Worth Adding to Your CollectionApril 30, 2016JanetTemple, TXGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Because I've seen Joshua Becker's blog about minimalist living, I was curious to read his book, "The More of Less." I wasn't disappointed. In this book (and on his blog), Becker helps readers understand why cluttered lives are less productive. He tells what prompted him to begin removing things from his life that did not add value or meet a need. He tells readers how to begin the process of evaluating their belongings carefully to get rid of anything that is keeping them from enjoying a more productive life. He tells them how to maintain this lifestyle, how to encourage family members to support them or to join them, and how to use the money and time they gain in more responsible and fulfilling ways. The book is insightful, practical, and inspirational. Even readers who don't feel called to a minimalist lifestyle to the extent that Becker and others mentioned in the book have been will find motivation and practical ideas for removing some of the clutter from their lives, perhaps in some surprising and unexpected places.
This book was definitely worth my time, and I happily recommend it to you. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this review.
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The More of LessApril 28, 2016MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The More of Less" by Joshua Becker is a great read for anyone wanting a simpler lifestyle, namely, through learning to live with less material possessions. The book is around 215 pages and addresses topics such as:
1. Benefits and misconceptions of the minimalist lifestyle.
2. 7 questions to ask in clarifying your goals.
3. Valuing possessions too much leads to valuing relationships too little.
4. Using the 80-20 rule for going through your home.
5. Suggestions for going from room to room.
6. Suggestions for giving away and keeping books.
7. Using the principles of leveling and experimentation for reducing household items.
8. How to get your family involved.
9. Advantages of giving items away to charities instead of trying to sell them.
10. Suggestions for having a more restful and less busy schedule, taking care of our bodies, and having healthier relationships.
The title is very readable and the author shares his own experiences and that of others in the quest for having a simpler lifestyle. The narrative flows smoothly and easily transitions from chapter to chapter. Will be an excellent future reference. Recommended.
CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Dealing with clutterMarch 24, 2016CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't know about you but there are times where I just look in portions of my house and wonder how in the world I ever thought I needed so much "stuff". Is it the pleasure of shopping and buying? Is it not remembering what I even have and think I need another ______? Am I trying in vain to fill a hole God put in every human being that only He can fill? It probably is all those things. But you know what, all that "stuff" may bring a brief moment of what might be termed as happiness but is it really? It truly only results in the need to reorganize, needing a bigger house or storage, or the desire for even more "stuff". The organizer industry must rake in millions a year but does organization really solve the problem? No!
Joshua Becker addresses my pitfalls and gives ever reader practical tips and stories on how to overcome our bad habit of accumulation, even encouraging us to live a more minimalized life without all the piles upon piles of books, paper, keepsakes, and other possessions in order to enjoy life more fully by choosing adventures and experiences and chasing your dreams. You won't find any magic recipe that immediately wipe away years of acquiring but perhaps you will find a way to begin to change your thinking to a more minimalistic mindset and away from the me-centeredness of ownership. Easy to read and practical. I must admit that this may be a book I need to mark up and revisit again and again since 50 year habits are hard to break. It would seem that the younger generation does this much better than I.
For me--a must read. If you find yourself dealing with some of the same, pick up this practical guide. I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way obligated to write a positive one. Off now to make a step by step plan for minimalizing my own stuff filled life.