The minimalist movement is nothing new but a way of life that has been forgotten. With today’s commercialism and consumer marketing strategies we have lost our way. The author takes time in the beginning of the book to really explain why and how we are driven to want and think we need more materialistic things. Once we understand why we think we need these things then we can change that way of thinking. This helps to simply our lives, saves money and we now have time to do the things we always wanted to do. While the practical application of this is simple enough each person is different. Most of us will find we will need to do it in stages by eliminating a room at a time, a set of items like books or even as simple as the junk drawer. Each goal will help to reach your goal of not being driven by materialistic wants and needs. Many of the suggestions I have done in the past and they do work but find a method that works for you. This is not a race to get rid of everything as quickly as possible. The book also takes on a religious theme that helps to relate what you trying to do to faith based teachings. The quote that sums up this book about minimalism, materialism and faith is a quote from Jesus “Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” As the book points out notice the order of his phrasing: our heart follows our treasure, not the other way around. Is your treasure the house, car or jewelry? Or is it the people you love, the mission to help others or your faith. These treasure you cannot see but they are far more valuable.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review of the book.