Another title in the long list of books about living a minimalist lifestyle. Joshua Becker is relatively new to the simplified life and he credits a lot of others for their guidance.
He does add a bit to the cause by claiming that the road to a more simplified lifestyle is an individual journey. he defines minimalism as "the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts you from them." He also advocates not so much minimalism as helping people to get rid of the possessions that will enable them to live the best lives they can.
Becker is a youth minister and there are numerous religious references throughout the book. He doesn't espouse religion per se, yet the LIbrary of Congress classified this book under religion. Several reviewers were turned off by the religious examples; I don't feel that they detract from the book and that Becker is just being true to his calling and beliefs.
I particularly benefited from the chapters on the draw of consumerism and the ideas of experimenting on getting rid of possessions to see if you can live without them.
The books is a nice complement to the subject and I recommend it.
Found this book boring rather than inspiring. The stories don't match my life, nor did I find advice like trade in your stand mixer for a hand held model helpful.
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