Sep 28, 2020
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
Posted 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 It redirects our God given passions to tDon 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 It redirects our God given passions to things that can never fulfill And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living But it doesn t have to be this way 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.

  • Title: The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
  • Author: Joshua Becker
  • ISBN: 9781601427960
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The More of Less Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own 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 h

    Rachel Willard

    There was nothing new here compared to his other books and other authors have done better with this subject I also didn t appreciate the gratuitous amount of Christian preaching that this book had There should have been a disclaimer on the back that this was a religious book.


    Emma Sea

    A very good book if you are considering cutting down on your stuff and just want a nudge to take the plunge If you ve already made that decision this will not be as useful.


    Sarah

    So I ve been a minimalist for a solid year and a half now and it s been almost two years since I started researching and toying with the idea of it For a while I said I was on a minimalist kick, but clearly it s not just a kick any.Joshua Becker s blog, Becoming Minimalist, has been one of my favorite resources as I ve progressed on my minimalism journey, so even though I m nowhere near the beginning of my minimalism journey and have read a lot of his stuff, I was still excited to pick this up.T [...]


    Gina

    To be honest, I skimmed this book, and I did so because 1 I m at the point where I m interested in practical application and exercises, not personal stories A bit of that is fine, but every minimalist blogger author has a story of how they came to to minimalism, and those stories aren t that different 2 Religion Becker is a Christian, and he states in the introduction that he s included bible stories as support of the minimalist lifestyle Fair enough That s not my cup of tea, as they say.


    Anne Lawson

    In the world of simplicity decluttering books and there are a lot out there now , some say Joshua Becker says nothing new Others have criticized his emphasis on Christianity Here s my take 1 I have read nearly ALL books having to do with minimalism, simplicity, decluttering, cleaning This is probably my second favorite, if not favorite Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is just quirky and intense enough to be vying for the top spot Becker does say things others aren t saying for instance, he s th [...]


    Jen Dykxhoorn

    Mediocre at best Didn t realize the overt religiosity contained in the book Becker attempts to justify the biblical bits as relevant to all faiths and viewpoints but he does come off as very preachy and self richeous I was reading this book to gain inspiration to continue my journey in minimalism I had previously read Marie Kondo s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and followed Cait Flanders Blonde on a Budget s process of owning less and living simply, which I found completely inspirational On [...]


    Kathy

    First off this book is from a Christian perspective I m Christian so this worked for me and made me appreciate it even However for those who will be turned off by scripture stories this might not be for you they are just at the beginning and at the end This is the 4th clutter dejunking minimalizing book I have read in the past couple months I found a lot of inspiration from this one Not too many ideas on how to organize but great thoughts and stories that inspired me to want to change my lifest [...]


    Lisa

    3.5 rounded up This was good but not great, and it got a little preachy at the end Joshua Becker s ultimate hope is that you use minimalism as a way to give back to the community in a big way, as in since we downsized and now pay 3,000 less a year in mortgage costs, let s donate our 3,000 Christmas bonus to a village in Africa so they can have clean water I think Becker s heart is in the right place, but this seems a bit of a stretch for me I truly hope to be increasingly charitable in my life [...]


    Conrad Zero

    An excellent beginner s guide to minimalism Plenty of practical advise for starting out, and I really enjoyed his attitude mindset towards minimalism not just in material things but in your time and relationships as well He suggests looking at your life to figure out what you actually need as opposed to what you can afford or aquire with credit Thoughtful subtopics include minimizing along with others in the fam, and how to encourage minimizing with kids.And this isn t simply reducing for the sa [...]


    Kelene Totzke

    Over the weekend I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Joshua Becker s new book, The More of Less By the 2nd chapter, I had to put the book down for a second to get a highlighter As I continued to read, I started thinking, I can t wait to pass this book on to insert several friends names here But then I realized I want to keep my copy as a reference So, spoiler alert, my new go to all occasion gift is this terrific book.Reading The More of Less is like listening to a friend Joshua has [...]


    Bingjun Zhang

    A book on minimalism life style but nothing new, at least for me Probably better for someone who is completely new to minimalism The only useful take home message for me is the 29 rule remove 29 or 29% of your items e.g clothes, kitchen appliances, etc for 29 days and see if you re still eager to put them back If not, better get rid of it.


    Moshe Mikanovsky

    Some good advice in this book Would have been higher rating if not for the Christian Jesus references throughout the book Felt preachy at times If the book would have been named The More Of Less for the Christian Soul I could have decided to read it, or not, with that context But it s not If Christian messages are not your cup of tea, stay away.


    Deb

    I have followed the author s blog for quite a while, so the book was a bit repetitive for me Plus, there were too many religious tie ins that I wasn t expecting If you re not familiar with minimalism this would be a good start though.


    Christy Wheeler

    I must admit I was disappointed when the opening story for this book was exactly the same as his other book, Clutter Free with Kids However the last few chapters than made up for it.If you re new, or relatively new to this subject this is a great book to start If you re looking for the actual steps you need to take to sort through your items, perhaps another book would be better This book did handle the actual getting rid of stuff process very well As in what to do with the stuff you want to ge [...]


    Laura

    Disclaimer I checked this book out from the local library, so it did not add permanent clutter to my house I m going limit my review to a list of things I liked and didn t like, since this is a book about minimalism after all.What I liked First, Minimalism is a needed force to push against the excess in our modern society Our houses are on average 1000 square feet larger than in 1970 2700 vs 1700 This is despite the fact that our families are smaller We have come to expect walk in closets in the [...]


    Katrina

    One star is probably too harsh because the writing was fine, it was easy to read and moved along He just didn t have much to say From the intro, I thought it was going to be of a memoir of his experiences with minimalism, with some insights from a Christian perspective Instead, it s really just decluttering tips gathered from various sources with some social science statistics stuck in and a couple of bible stories His pastoral background came through in his constant exhortations to action, whi [...]


    Jenny (adultishbooks)

    3.5 StarsI was a little iffy on this book at first It felt like a Beginner s Guide to Minimalism but soon morphed into a book that could help even the most hardcore of minimalists.This is a great next step for anyone who has read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up and wants about the practice of minimalism I especially liked how the book progressed on how you can use new found resources to help others I wished it touched on how to clear clutter from other places in your life and elaborated [...]


    Jennifer

    I had very high hopes for this one, as I am a minimalist at heart, but I was disappointed Maybe I ve just read all there is to read on the subject but I kept having the feeling that Becker was trying to sell me on minimalism, literally, which I suppose makes sense since promoting it is his job, and as such it came across to me as a series of soundbites as opposed to sincerity I m sure living this way has changed his life for the better but I just never felt inspired to make any changes or even t [...]


    Christina DeVane

    I enjoyed this motivating read to live life in control of what you own and not spending your life taking care of all your stuff I appreciated his analogy of generational impact on keeping things as I ve thought this myself Also his emphasis on minimalism will look different for every family and to have try out periods to see what you can do without.


    Vivian

    Thank you Joshua Becker for your inspirational and motivating why and how to manual on what you call minimalism I ve already implemented some of your very practical and doable suggestions I ve read aloud many excerpts to my family It seems we ve been on this journey for at least a decade Here s our story We were driving through a nearby small town on our way to hiking to a grotto when we passed by a model home that we stopped to explore We ended up touring that home several times over the next f [...]


    Monica

    Sound advice A snappy read.


    Cathy Scott

    I really enjoyed this book I ve read the Kon Mari book as well and enjoyed this one much Although they both have somewhat different purposes This book was great at explaining what minimalism is, why people do it, how to achieve it, and what benefits it can bring I really appreciated how simple and straightforward this read was He would outline the topics of each chapter at the beginning and then give a quick summary of his main points at the end of each chapter I borrowed this book from the lib [...]


    Rachel Dawson

    I m so attracted to the idea of minimalism, but I m also such an over spender and shopper and Target lover, ya know So this one definitely sparked my interest when I saw it come by the office book pile of advanced reader copies we get from publishers It, like Marie Kondo s book, made me PURGE my closets and room and everything, which I think is exactly the point I m really adopting much of a minimalist mindset about my spending and really trying to streamline how I spend money and what I purcha [...]


    Sandi

    I genuinely appreciated this honest and simple approach to adopting a minimalist lifestyle Becker s practical tips were very helpful and after one too many fruitless garage sales, his advice to give away rather than sell as much as possible was a relief to hear With so many minimalists focusing inward, his admonition to use our possessions and our newfound time money for the good of others was much appreciated.


    Aubrey

    Very detailed look at minimalism and covers all areas of your life, not just possession Only giving 3 stars because there were sections that I loved and blazed through, but the last 1 2 or 1 3 I pushed myself to finish.


    Caroline

    I was such a fan of this book, especially because I m taking Becker s online minimalism course


    Stephanie Lincecum

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    Trevyn Hubbs

    Here s a summary sometimes the things you accumulate get in the way of your goals.There are 200 pages full of filler.I m preparing for a move and will be reorganizing my stuff, so I thought this might be a good read I m all for getting rid of things that I don t need or are easily replaceable, and thought maybe this book would offer useful ways of giving away or selling excess I doesn t Instead its a pitch that will surely resonate with some people who find too much clutter in their lives and ar [...]


    Kent

    I listened to this as a sort of pep talk before I moved into my new house I also don t think it hurts to take a look at my online shopping habit now that Trump made our browsing data a yard sale Marketers know me better than I know myself and I think I should try to become mindful before they try to sell me shit I don t even know I want I d at least like to put up a fight I was attracted to this book out of anti materialism than minimalism I ve always been very materialistic and hypocritically [...]


    Joyce

    This isn t really a how to book It s of a why book Though it does give a little bit of instruction it s not very detailed It s a good book to read if you re committed to living a minimalistic lifestyle but need a reminder of why it s a good way to go The book does mention several examples of how his Christian faith translates into reasons for minimalism, but he stuck to things that would be universal whether you are a person of faith or not He also acknowledges that some readers will not share [...]



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