Living With Less

August 16, 2012

in the generous life

I’ve been following Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist for some time now. I love “simple” and “beautiful,” so what he writes speaks to my values.

Well, he has a new book out ~ Living With Less: An Unexpected Key to Happiness (<- this links to his blog post about the book).  Available by Paperback or Kindle. (aff links

The book is geared to teens and young adults (though it really hit home with this 55 year old). It’s designed to encourage them to start their lives off with a simplicity that the gospel urges. It is a lovely treatise on Christian values and how a simpler lifestyle can make that meaningful, abundant life that God talks about so much easier to find and walk in.

If you have children or friends in this age bracket, please encourage them to buy a copy.

Personally I’m getting a copy for my household. My husband still has not grown up (which is actually a good thing … though, perhaps you should not tell him I said so because he tends to take that as license to listen to some truly weird music) and my 21 year old son will surely benefit from this thoughtful and encouraging book.

Becker has also authored Simplify and Inside-Out Simplicity.  (aff links)

(You get two quotes today because I just couldn’t decide between the two.)

Invest in knowing God, your family, your friends, or the causes that you believe in. And as you do, you’ll notice that your heart naturally begins to be drawn to them more and more.  Joshua Becker

Maybe you don’t need to own all this stuff.  Joshua Becker’s neighbor

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Don’t slip into marriage crisis mode ~ 11 Tips to Avoid a “Mid-Marriage” Crisis (from Elevate Your Marriage)

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If you are (or want to be) adoptive parents this is for you ~ Forever Family (by Kate of One Flesh Marriage)

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Patti Cubstead August 16, 2012 at 3:51 am

If you like this book also try “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker (yes, that’s her real name). It is funny, gospel centered, socially just, and challenging (but also hilariously self deprecating to keep it real). 7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

I read it through this summer and couldn’t read it in public without laughing out loud! This fall, I’m going back through the book with a group of ladies to try the experiment. To be honest, I am terrified and thrilled at what God will do through this journey but I am so grateful for close friends to join me in the process!

To find out more about the author:
http://jenhatmaker.com/

Check out the book at:
http://www.amazon.com/An-Experimental-Mutiny-Against-Excess/dp/1433672960

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Sis August 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thanks for the twitter shout-out! Who knew writing about boobs would be so popular?

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Auntie Em August 17, 2012 at 5:22 am

Excellent food for thought (as always, Lori!) and so timely! Getting ready for school to start causes a house-cleaning frenzy which usually causes thoughts of organizing/purging. I’ve been stewing an article called “A First-World Problem” for a few days now!

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