I'm a firm believer that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" and have become a big fan of the currently popular minimalist movement. Late last year, I discovered the blog Becoming Minimalist from Joshua Becker, and have enjoyed reading about adopting a more minimal, simplistic lifestyle. So when I had the opportunity to read his new book, I was pretty excited.
In The More of Less, Becker shares his story about how he and his family discovered the benefits of living with less, shows how everyone can benefit from a more minimalist lifestyle, and offers practical tips to apply to your own life.
Becker defines minimalism as "the intentional promotion of things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them". When I first heard of this lifestyle, it was portrayed as living the the fewest possible number of possessions, so I like how Becker debunks this myth and shows that instead it is about only having things that help you do the things that matter most to you and getting rid of the things that don't.
However, I have to confess that I didn't finish this book.
As an occasional reader of his blog, I felt that this book sort of forced-feeling. To me, the first three chapters could have been shorted together to be only one chapter, and the rest of the book felt that way to me. I rarely stop reading a book before I get to the end, but this book felt like it was written to reach a certain page count and it wasn't holding my interest despite how much I like reading about the minimalist lifestyle.
For someone who hasn't read Becker's blog, they may not feel the same way, but as someone who is familiar with the minimalist idea, this book felt sadly unnecessary despite my best intents of finishing it. If you are new to the idea of minimalism, I would still recommend you give it a read as The More of Less provides some interesting insights in to the popular lifestyle.
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Are you familiar with the idea of minimalism? Would you read a book about it, or would you prefer to read a blog?