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The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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“I’m so inspired by this wise, timely book! Like so many people right now, I’m drawn to the idea of minimalism, but, to be honest, I find myself pretty deeply entrenched in bad habits of clutter and accumulation. I’m so thankful for Joshua’s clear vision for what life can be when we choose to surround ourselves with less stuff, and how in doing so, we create more space for living and dreaming.”
—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 benefits—and the joy—of 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
“I’ve enjoyed Joshua Becker’s 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. I’m 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. Don’t 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 bestselling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life
“This is it—the book that will change your life with a surprisingly simple solution: Less can actually mean more. A whole lot more.”
—Jeff Goins, bestselling 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 they’ll 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 attractive—it’s 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 you’re struggling with too much stuff and too little happiness, here is your must-read.”
—Peter Walsh, author of the New York Times bestseller It’s All Too Much
“Despite all the books and blogs I’ve read about minimalism, and in spite of all the minimalists I’ve talked to, I came to The More of Less a skeptic. Why say yes to an idea that says you’ve got to have less? By the end, though—thanks to Joshua Becker’s gentle, simple, persuasive way of explaining things—I’d thrown out a bunch of stuff, and I was a convert. He’s right; minimalism isn’t about less, it’s about more.”
—James Wallman, author of Stuffocation
About the Author
JOSHUA BECKER is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website that inspires millions around the world to own fewer possessions and find greater fulfillment in life. As one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement, Joshua speaks both nationwide and internationally. He has contributed to articles in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Christianity Today. He is a frequent guest on HuffPost Live and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the CBS Evening News. He and his young family live in Peoria, Arizona.
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Several years ago, the author realized his habit of constant accumulation of stuff was making his life--and his family's life--worse. He, like almost every American, was acquiring more and more things, and cramming these things into bigger and bigger houses. Fortunately for the author, he spotted the problem, and decided to do something about it. THE MORE OF LESS is the culmination of his journey, and in this book, Mr. Becker documents his journey embracing "Minimalism." He shares with the reader his insights and "lessons learned."
The author explains the temptation to get bogged down with things--too many things that aren't really important. This complicates life, and takes time away from what is truly important. The author relates the story of taking his young son to the store, and just trying to buy one toy. It was an overwhelming experience, and nearly impossible. "Consumerism surrounds us like the air we breathe, and like air, it's invisible. We hardly even know how much we are influenced by the philosophy that we must buy, buy, buy, if we are to be happy."
The author emphasizes that this is not really a book about organizing. "Minimalism" is not the same as organizing, and it doesn't mean just get rid of everything. It's a lot more than that. If you focus just on organizing, you will miss a bigger point: "Organizing doesn't force us to evaluate our lives." It doesn't address the question of why we have the things in the first place.
The way to get out of the consumerism trap is to "live intentionally: "Make choices with larger purposes and longer-term goals in mind." So, get rid of the activities and busyness that don't comport with these more important goals. Remove them. They are distractions.
Joshua cites two Biblical stories to make an important point, namely, different people will be called to different roles in life. We each have a unique purpose. In one case, Jesus asked the rich young ruler to give away everything, because that's what he needed to hear--that fit his unique mission, his unique goal. But to the homeless man from Gerasa, Jesus clothed him and sent him home. One man's role was different than another man's role.
This new way of life is more a matter of deciding what is important--not just having numerically fewer objects. So don't think that the objective is to get your possessions down to near-zero. That's not the point at all. Rather, it's a matter of pursuing more worthy goals--goals which are unique and right, just for you: "I am free to pursue my relationship with God with less distraction and more freedom." Minimalism is about having MORE, not about having less. But now, it's more of truly worthy endeavors and projects--not more of just "things."
Finally, I should also note that the author puts his money where his mouth is. He and his wife GAVE AWAY THEIR BOOK ADVANCE! They founded a charity to help kids who need parents--who need families. The author is not mentioning this gift to boast, but rather, to show the reader what can be done when your priorities are straight.
All in all, I found THE MORE OF LESS to be a wonderful book, with practical, immediate benefits. I found this book to be an encouraging read.
Advance copy for review courtesy of Blogging for Books
I am a middle class American, and my house and life is loaded with stuff. Most of it I don’t use nor need. I have been on a mission the past few months to discover the best way to get rid of it while at the same time seeking a more fulfilling life.
This is when I discovered Joshua Becker’s blog, Becoming Minimalist. I instantly felt rapport with Joshua and started down my minimalism journey. In the months I’ve been reading his blog, I have pared down my wardrobe to only the essentials, I have decided to cut out cable and only watch Netflix/HBO Go, I focus more on the time with my children and wife, and I eat dinner at the (clean) table with my family more often. All of this has lead to more joy and fulfillment, and less emptiness and stuff within my life. My decluttering journey is still on-going, but Mr. Becker never says that it will happen quickly.
The More of Less is Mr. Becker’s philosophy and practice of minimalism in one place. The book is packed with advice on how to live the life you have been seeking, even if you don’t know it yet.
The More of Less is part autobiography, part case studies while being full of practical tips and processes for getting rid of clutter and finding the life you want. The best part of the book is that it meets you where you are and takes you as far as you want to go, but I would recommend pushing farther than you think you can go because this is where you find more freedom within the journey).
Mr. Becker does not espouse an extreme philosophy of minimalism, but rather, a down-to-earth practical way of living with only the essential stuff that provides value to your life.
The book meets you where you are and take you where you want to go (he calls it minimalism your way, and there is a whole chapter on it)
Full of case studies, introducing you to multiple different personalities within the minimalism movement
Full of experiments for declutter, saving, and living a more fulfilled life
Gives advice on how to declutter your house and make money getting rid of stuff the easy way
Gives advice on how to save money
Gives advice on how to make a difference in the world with all the money and time you will be saving
[Not a con for me] Some people may be turned off by some of the Christian references
It will make you think before making purchases
It may cause marital issues if your significant other doesn’t read the book first to know why you are throwing things out and saving money on purchases
While The More of Less will help you achieve a clean closet, living room, car, or whatever you want to declutter, the best part is that it helps guide you in creating space. Space to give you a more fulfilled life. Space to enjoy time with your family. Space to enjoy the money you have. All the space that was under the clutter before taking action to truly discover what is essential and important in your life.
Do I recommend you read The More of Less? No. I recommend you highlight, underline, and re-read the book until the philosophies within the book become everyday habits for you.
If you do this, I promise you will find what you are seeking; leading you to a happier, more generous, purposeful, lighter life than you could have ever imagined possible.