Monday, August 29, 2016

The More of Less by Joshua Becker


Don’t Settle for More

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing.

While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.

Live a better life with less.

In The More of Less, Joshua Becker, 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
• experience the joys of generosity
• learn why the best part of minimalism isn’t a clean house, it’s a full life

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

My Thoughts:

The More of Less is a great place to start if you're thinking about minimalism or are curious about what it is. It explains what it's all about and why it's a great lifestyle choice. It gives some general instructions and challenges, and shows some real life success stories. It lets us know that all journeys are different and don't compare one to another. I still remember one of the first books on minimalism I read being super rude and judgmental towards those that didn't share the same lifestyle as the author. That approach rarely works with anything! This book, on the other hand, does an amazing job of offering grace to those of us, like me, that are very much imperfect on this journey.

For myself, I used this book as a bit of extra encouragement. Really, I'm more of a minimalist wanna-be. I want a simple life, only full of the beautiful things God has given us to enjoy, like His Word and nature, and things that we need and/or love. I also want my house full of great books! I've struggled through my attempt at minimalism for years. I've gotten rid of tons of things and cleared out storage spaces, and life IS getting simpler, but I'm not where I want to be just yet. My biggest struggle is the books, and the fact that I want a cute house. When I get the chance to trade out necessary items for cute ones I like more(through review items, most often), I typically do it. ;) I do tend to pass on the older items in the process, in my defense. All of that said, we really have came a long, long way since I first started this journey. It's taken us much longer than I'd have liked, but it's not from lack of effort. This book was a great little nudge in the right direction.

Definitely grab this book if you're wanting some extra encouragement to make your life simpler, or are curious what minimalism is all about.

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.



  1. I like the sound of this one. I think I would take away some encouragement, as you did. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I like the sound of this one. I think I would take away some encouragement, as you did. Thanks for the heads up!