Living with Less: An Unexpected Key to Happiness
August 15, 2012
Joshua Becker has a new book out, written especially for teens. I just read it- twice. It’s short and approachable, perfect for his target audience. His message of redemption isn’t watered down for teens. He’s calling young people today not to waste their lives pursuing stuff. He’s calling them to live with a purpose. He’s calling them to a life of infinite riches that have nothing to do with money or cars or fancy houses. He’s calling them to a life of meaning. He’s calling them to freedom. He’s calling them to mission and to a life of purpose. He’s redefining wealth as something we can’t see. Becker says “the most valuable things in life cannot be seen with the naked eye: love, friendship, hope, integrity, trust and compassion”.
Becker is writing from a decidedly Christian viewpoint in this book. That’s my only caveat. I know that many of my readers don’t embrace the Christian faith. For me, his message is life giving, and it resonates. Selling our house and getting rid of half of our possessions has given us greater freedom. Becker’s life-giving message is that “your life is too valuable to spend chasing possessions”. I love this message of hope for today’s teens. It’s a message of hope and redemption that I want to speak into my children’s lives. I’m encouraged that Joshua Becker is leading the battle cry.