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"How much is enough? In this important and engaging new book, Jeff makes it clear that when it comes to generosity, connection, and community, too much isn't enough."
(Seth Godin)

"Jeff Shinabarger lives this timely message every day. The ideas he gives us in this book are grounded in the credibility of a life that embodies the possibilities."
(Gabe Lyons)

"Jeff has given all of us something really beautiful in this book. Jeff hasn't just sprinkled a couple good ideas in these pages; instead, it's a gully washer of love, creativity, and engagement that a parched world desperately needs. You're about to get caught in the terrific hurricane of kindness that surrounds a guy who loves people well." 
(Bob Goff)

"Not only is the creativity of Catalyst due to Jeff's leadership, but he has led the charge in meeting the needs of those in poverty through the movement. Jeff is the kind of leader that we all wish we were but don't have the courage to step out and be. He sees the future before the rest of us even have a glimpse."
(Brad Lomenick)

"I genuinely believe that the more you give away, the more you will enjoy what you keep. This book will challenge you to do just that."
(Mark Batterson)

About the Author

Jeff Shinabarger is a social entrepreneur, experience designer, cofounder of the Q event, and creative director at Catalyst. He is also the founder of and Plywood People, an innovative community addressing social needs through creative services. He and his family live in East Atlanta Village.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781408202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781408202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Shinabarger is a social entrepreneur and author of two books: More or Less and Yes or No. Jeff has a vision to make Atlanta a center for social innovation and has personally engaged in over 100 start-ups solving problems through the community he leads called Plywood People. His work has been featured by CNN, USA Weekend, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Coca-Cola, Relevant Magazine and Chicago Sun Times. He is the co-founder of Q and creatively led Catalyst for 8 years. Jeff and his wife, Andre, live in East Atlanta Village and have two children.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gisele Nelson on February 21, 2013
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Who do you think of, when you think of generosity? We all know someone like this, who lives their life as though nothing they own is solely theirs. If someone needed something, they would take of what belongs to them to meet that need. The beautiful thing about More or Less is that it gives the ability to every single person to be able to take of what they have in excess and to meet the needs of others. It's an incredible challenge to share what we have with the world. We may think we don't have money or resources to this, but there are things I currently have that I no longer need, but someone else may be able to use to make their life better. It just takes a little intentionality to take the steps to make it happen.

In the book, there's no guilt involved, just merely a challenge to ask what is enough, and to make changes based on the answer. This book, and Jeff's journey has been incredibly challenging to me, as I've begun to ask these questions myself. I believe it is truly possible to change the world by opening our eyes to the simple changes we can make to help others succeed.

This book encourages me to make the world better, to learn from others, and to make small changes in my life with huge results for another.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Philip Soanes on February 25, 2013
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I think most of us don't think of ourselves as being rich or of having enough money to make our lives more complete. In this book by Jeff Shinabarger, the author challenges this mindset, directly stating that `Chances are, if you are reading this book, you are rich' (2013). By "rich", he means that we have all we need to live a normal fulfilling life. He challenges us as the reader to look at our own situations carefully and think about all the excess possessions we don't really need to have. This book is not simply about the author sharing theoretical ideas that we can contemplate, he shows us practical ways how to turn our excess possessions into generosity towards others.
Shinabarger's encounter with Clarence, a local homeless man, who welcomes him after he moves into his new house in East Atlanta village is the pivotal moment when the author is forced to change his way of thinking and to ask himself the question `what is enough?' He begins by examining his own comfortable financial and material position and contrasts it with Clarence who is homeless. When Clarence asks for help, he does so and also uncovers other ways to help those who need it.
Through a series of stories and his own personal anecdotes, the author explains real life examples of the things we can do to help people that we know either personally or not. At the end of each chapter, there is the `Enough Talk' section that offers practical ideas, which the reader is encouraged to undertake. The first task the author himself does is to live for one month on all of the food in his home. Amazingly, he manages to survive on this for about two months (147 meals, 3 meals a days for 7 weeks) proving that there was so much food in his house that he and his wife had kept in storage.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katie Axelson on March 8, 2013
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I sincerely hope More Or Less becomes the next Radical, Love Does, or Forgotten God because Jeff Shinabarger's got a message that the world (at least the States) needs to hear. I thought I was living mission-mindedly but Shinabarger brought to light many selfish areas of my own life. He's a great storyteller with a true passion for serving others. The videos add a lot to the book too (though admittedly they aren't all up at this point). I'll definitely be recommending this book to my friends.
(I was provided with a complementary copy for the purpose of a review. However, all opinions are entirely my own).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Starski on March 1, 2013
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I'm as busy as everyone else and while reading is one of my favorite hobbies I simply don't make enough time for it in my life. I have half-read books sitting in my Kindle that I fully intend to get to. That said, the description for More or Less was so intruiging that I read it immediately.

I couldn't put it down.

And now that I'm done with it I can't stop thinking about it.

I have this sense that it's changed me....from way down deep, inside out ... it's changed me.

The book is compelling and thought provoking. It is not a "how to". It is a call for the reader to perform an internal examination.

I have not stopped recommending it to everyone. It is a powerful read about the examination of what I believe to be enough, how much should I live with, how much can I do without and what good can be done with the excess I identify.

And about being too busy to read? Yeah, there's a chapter on that. Chapter 8 to be exact, entitled, Enough Time. I highlighted: "You cannot replace presence with someone or something else. Presence is an essential element that we all need and desire in our deepest relationships. It's unspoken, It's true. It's the greatest encouragment anyone can ever receive or give. Presence is a physical expression of love in the midst of a culture that never stops- it is to stop and be with someone that matters."

I don't like my busy. Jeff Shinabarger beautifully reminds me that busy is not where my worth comes from. Busy takes my presence away from the people in my life that matter. If I get nothing else from More or Less (and I got so much more) that will have been enough.
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