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Simplify [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Becker
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. Written by Joshua Becker, who inspires hundreds of thousands of people on his personal blog, this is a book that calls for the end of living lives seeking and accumulating more and more possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.

Three years ago, his typical, suburban family of four made the decision to minimize their possessions, declutter their home, and simplify their lives. In so doing, they discovered countless real-life benefits of living with less. And now, to help others experience the same freedom, they offer the most important lessons they’ve learned through the process. Simplify is full of personal stories, practical tips, and powerful inspiration.

It is based on a rational approach to minimalism. It will forever change the way you look at physical possessions. And most importantly, its approach will free you from the burden of clutter and provide you with the extra motivation to realign your life around your heart’s greatest passions… however you choose to define them.

Praise for Simplify:
• “A must-read.” - Leo Babauta, Zen Habits, TIME Magazine Blog of the Year
• “If you’re looking for specific advice on how to live well with less, this book is worth a look.” - Naomi Seldin, The Times Union, Albany, NY
• “It is a simple, straightforward guide to simplifying your life and brings new light to the term minimalist.” - Tanna Clark, Professional Organizer


Product Details

  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006431ADS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic minimalism! December 20, 2012
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I am a 57 yr old grandmother who lived a minimalist lifestyle during the difficult years as a young, single mother. Having remarried in 1989 to the best man I have ever known, my life seemed to improve in leaps and bounds by having more financial stability, and the opportunity to finish my education allowing better career opportunities. We live in a small house that we remodeled to suit our needs when my boys were grown & I was able to retire last year.
I have often said that the best memories of my life were when my kids were small and I was poor. We would drive to the beach, with our basket of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, koolaid & cut fruits, spend the day on a remote spot where there were no tourist attractions, just us and the beach. I made a lean to from an old tarp to create shade where my youngest would nap for hours. At the end of the day, we visited I a public bath house, showered off the sand & I dressed them in PJ' s for the hour drive home.
In the years since, I have bought all of the things, or been gifted everything I used to think I wanted, needed or thought I was supposed to have. But the strangest transformation began almost immediately after acquiring all the "stuff" I began to stay constantly stressed over where to put things, surprised that I really didn't love most of it and guilty to have been blessed yet ungrateful. I couldn't understand why, what was wrong with me? Well, your book, along with a few others, smacked me in the head with the understanding: I was perfectly NORMAL! THE CONSUMER IN ME WAS THE CRAZY ONE! Some books go to the extreme, but your book helped me define my own level of minimalism.
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blogger produces great book! November 11, 2011
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I've been reading through becomingminimalist.com for months now and I've gone through all the archives. Joshua Becker is a talented writer who is also a real human being living in the real world. He doesn't make the reader feel guilty or shamed for their stuff, he just tells you how he escaped from the cycle of buying, cleaning, storing, fixing and moving the same types of clutter most of us struggle with. Becker won't tell you to own only what fits in a back pack, unless that's what you really WANT to do. Becker tells you how to be a minimalist while at the same time not making your family worry that you're giving everything away and contemplating running off to join a monastery.

Also, this is my very first ebook purchase and it's pretty great - reading on my Android.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of Fresh Oxygen November 26, 2011
By mylady
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I had not read a single post from his blog before purchasing this book. I was in for a pleasant surprise.

This book is extremely concise (less than a 100 pages), which I value in any blog post, article, or book on simplicity. Quality over quantity.

Which brings me to the next point, this book is on PRINCIPLES (as indicated by the title of the book), meaning it will teach you how to fish instead of just handing out fish. If you want someone to hold your hand, buy the Simple Living Guide (500 pages!) and she will direct step by step, dump your drawers out, separate into three piles kind of stuff. There are many blogs on declutting, and Miss Minimalist and Zen Habits will walk you through. There is no point in Joshua reiterating what countless others have covered in regards to clutter. He is simply here to introduce to you the simple life, offering principles that you'll want to keep for a lifetime. The benefits are immense.

BOOK UNFOLDING:

Book starts out with his story. I like the approach, makes you feel welcome. His stories are insightful and entertaining throughout the book. First story goes: some neighbor tells him about her minimalist daughter while he's spending time in the garage cleaning, yet another weekend gone.

He boils things down to the top reasons why you should simplify your life. He points you to his blog if you need more reasons. I was delighted to see the bullet point about simplifying so your kids don't have to rummage through all your stuff one day! Other minimalists don't touch on this important subject. All the junk piling up in my mother's house --- I wonder how I will counter that monumental task if my dad passes or if some tragic accident happens to both of them.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty minimal book... November 28, 2011
By sp
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not much there, finished the book in about 15 minutes. Had some good concepts, but not much on how to go about doing things.
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209 of 271 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm Finished With Blogger "Quickie" Books December 9, 2011
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This..."book"...is little more than a pamphlet if it were printed out. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was sucked in by a blogger's quickie attempt at a "book." These are all the rage these days with bloggers. I've since visited his blog and the "author" is quite enamored with having a "#1 Bestseller!" Well, of course, you offer a nice cover with a nice topic at a nice price and people will buy ebooks. But, this is the new thing for bloggers; get your blog popular enough and then "write a book" (meaning an ebook) and listen to the cash register ring!

Bottom line: This is an amateurish attempt at writing about a serious subject that could have deep philosophical analysis and a plan of action that would seriously allow one to simplify their life. This has a few good common sense platitudes, an anecdote here and there...this isn't a 'real' book. I wish Amazon had a separate section for blogger wanna-be authors to peddle their wares. No more blogger quickies for me. I'll pay closer attention next time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest approach - easy to relate to and put into practice.
Excellent. A very honest approach to finding our true priorities, reduction of stuff, living simply and happily. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism isn't about owning less
Gets to the point. It also touches on what's really important in life. Minimalism isn't about owning less at about identifying the few things which are important, and perusing only... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Leandro Antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplify-an Easy Read
A great approach to a more simple life and a wonderful new way to live and work and organize your life
Published 9 days ago by Patsy's art shop
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Less Complicated
I have a tendency to over complicate things. Thank goodness for people like Joshua Becker who are out there to simplify things. Read more
Published 9 days ago by The Wight House
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quick read
I enjoyed reading Simplify by Joshua Becker and learning about how reducing the amount of Stuff we all have can reduce stress. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Glenn MacIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
Great book. It opened my eyes about how much stuff we have and the constant desire of wanting more. Instead of appreciating life and the present moment with just a few stuffs.
Published 15 days ago by Vivian
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplify simplified my life!
It was very difficult to come to terms with the fact that I was struggling with too many possessions. Of course we pay attention to the extreme cases. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Let's Read Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars This will help you on your way to thinning out the clutter
I needed inspiration. A kick. A reason to keep going once I started my decluttering. NOT REORGANIZING, but decluttering. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Hollis Bethune
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Gave me the jump start I needed-I'm determined to make a change. Will just keep minimizing till I get it!
Published 18 days ago by jody king brassfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist
This book is a great start for the beginner minimalist. Don't get your of everything, but do get rid of anything distracting you from the important things in your life. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Erin
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More About the Author

Joshua Becker and his young family live in Peoria, AZ. In many ways, they are just your typical middle-class, suburban family--minus the dog and relentless pursuit of physical possessions.

After a conversation with their neighbor on Memorial Day 2008, Joshua and his family decided to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle. Consequently, they decided to remove their nonessential possessions. Eventually, over 70% of their belongings were sold, donated, or discarded. In exchange for owning less, they found a life of more freedom, more contentment, more generosity, and more opportunity to pursue the things that mattered most.

Joshua is the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. The website welcomes over 300,000 regular readers each month. The website has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions and given them the practical help to get started. His books have sold in the tens of thousands. And his writing has led to speaking opportunities all across America and media appearances in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and the CBS Evening News.

No doubt, you'll be inspired to approach life with a whole new mindset after meeting Joshua.

Media or Speaking Inquiries should be directed to Joshua at becomingminimalist [at] gmail.com.




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