Less of More: Pursuing Spiritual Abundance in a World of Never EnoughChris NyeBaker Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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DeJama4 Stars Out Of 5Less is really moreJuly 30, 2019DeJamaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Many times people equate happiness with money but that could not be further from the truth.
Less of More exposes ones' pursuit of what more really is: an attempt to satisfy ones' soul with things of this world instead of the eternal. Pastor and writer Chris Nye invites us to consider what a full and abundant life looks like apart from money, status, and power. He exposes the lies which have us obsessed with growth, fame, and wealth and calls us to a countercultural life marked by connection, obscurity, vulnerability, and generosity.
This is a great book to help things in perspective for people who have lost their way.
Sometimes less really is more.
Missy3 Stars Out Of 5Good message but redunantJune 27, 2019MissyQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I've read several books on the topic of how Americans are fixated on "stuff" and "stuff" will never satisfy. I wholeheartedly agree. I am always skeptical about reading another book about how stuff never satisfies. Thus, Chris Nye's title of "Less of More" already caused me to have high expectations. While he certainly did his homework in providing different statistics and studies to prove his point, I found the message quite redundant. I don't know who Chris Nye is, but I felt his tone was a bit cynical throughout the entire book. I could be wrong but it just rubbed me the wrong way to begin with. I wouldn't say it was a complete waste of time reading it, but I probably would not have purchased it myself. I was hoping for more of the "spiritual abundance" message written throughout this book, but I left with the feeling that it was more focused on stuff. I will say, towards the end of the book when he talks about his trip to Nicaragua, it caught my attention and I did see more of his heart behind the message. I believe including this towards the beginning of the book would have changed its tone quite a bit for me.
T.C.5 Stars Out Of 5Pointed critique of the American Dream...and a Christ-centered antidoteJune 14, 2019T.C.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick." -- John Steinbeck
Chris Nye opens his new book Less of More with this prophetic quote from John Steinbeck...and I was immediately hooked. From this very first quote to the very last page, Nye challenges the prevailing storyline of American secular and Christian culture and its belief that growth is always good. He shows us that the bible values humility, simplicity, and connectedness over against our culture's idolization of popularity, riches, and the ever-elusive "more."
Nye shows very clearly how chasing the American Dream has not resulted in a society marked by true friendships, 'the good life', and joy but instead has left us lonely, isolated, exhausted, and clinically depressed. While masquerading on social media as truly content, our culture of more allowed and encouraged us to hide our true problems instead of seeking healing and wholeness. As Jimmy Buffett (not quoted in the book) similarly summed up our modern dilemma, "Everybody's on the phone, so connected and all alone."
Less of More spends five chapters contrasting societal and biblical values. Nye discusses growth versus pace, isolation versus connection, fame versus obscurity, power versus vulnerability, and wealth versus generosity. In each chapter, he shows how our popular culture and faith are at odds. "We cannot live the American Story and the biblical one simultaneously," he writes. "We cannot pursue the American Dream and God's Dream. The two kingdoms are in opposition to one another. Our allegiance must be sworn, and by siding with our Kind, we are surrendering our life" (160).
This book is less than 200 pages but packed with reasoned critique and--most importantly--marked by true Christian and biblical hope. I don't put too many books in the category of "must read," but this is definitely one of them! My thanks to Chris Nye for writing this needed book and for Baker for providing me a copy to review.
Benjamin LilesMarble Falls, TXAge: 35-44Gender: Male1 Stars Out Of 5Sad, Shocking and DismalJune 11, 2019Benjamin LilesMarble Falls, TXAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1While I mainly and always write what I know would please Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I have to be truly objective when I talk about Chris Nye's book, Less is More. When I say what I do it's about our popular culture, such as Britney Spears, Pope Francis -- also known by the name Jorge Mario Bergoglio, before being crowned "Pope," and admittedly things pertaining to what all Americans desire after: prosperity. I applaud none of that, save Christ alone.
My apologies off the bat as this is not one of my sweet-natured book reviews I have ever posted. This is the wrong book for the wrong time. Chris Nye is wanting to educate us all as "Less is More...in the light of the eternal." Yet, for me it has fallen flat and far from it's premise of doing that. The back of the book reads, ""Less of More exposes our pursuit of more for what it truly is: an attempt to satisfy our souls with the temporary instead of the eternal." If that's the case, why is it in the second chapter, second paragraph, page 25, Chris writes, "When I brought my editor an idea for a story with a particular headline I liked...'it won't Google for s**t.'"
Really? This is supposed to be a non-fiction Christian book talking about how we need more of the eternality of Christ's glory for our sinfulness, and yet this is lined in Chris Nye's book? What are we really saying here? It's great to be like Joel Osteen, and in that same vein Joyce Meyer. My blog has never been popular and I doubt it ever will, but then again Jesus Christ Himself wasn't popular. Jesus Himself never fit in with the "Religiosity of the times." No, Christ proposed a radical way of living, being humble, serving others, being a servant to all, and ultimately giving His life to match the will of God in Isaiah 53, and yet books like Chris Nye hits a vast audience, and BAM! best seller? Wow. That's what people really want: no Christ, just give me more emptiness. No, I don't want God in my life, let's talk about Him, but let's not honor Him.
I couldn't in all honesty read this book. I have a problem taking worldly things and trying to ascribe eternal value with them. Christ can do it effectively, but me, I can't; I don't know how. I received a complimentary copy of this book by Baker Books for a an accurate review. With that said as well, I'm surprised they would allow this book to be published considering being a Christian publisher.
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Too much stuffJune 10, 2019daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThe cover of this book is the epitome of what this book is about. Less of More is about our constant striving to feel our lives with more stuff to fill up the emptiness we all seem to feel inside.
He talks about the common denominator of unhappiness and how society has placed themselves in debt in the pursuit of more things. Yet, the more things that we accumulate doesn't take care of that emptiness that pervades.
Chris suggests that perhaps instead of focusing on more things that the focus really needs to be turned to Christ and our pursuit in Him. That we have an emptiness because we don't have the Holy Spirit filled in within us.
If anything, this book encourages you to take a look at your own life and wonder if the things in my home are needed, or are purchases based on trying to fill an empty spot. Makes my shopping in town take on a different meaning.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.