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Things That Matter

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I have been following Joshua Becker for several years now and was super excited when I heard he has written another book.  He is very passionate about helping others minimize not only their possessions but also with removing anything that distracts you from your best life.  This passion is very obvious in Things That Matter and this book does not disappoint.

He dives into different distractions that can prevent you from leading a meaningful and purposeful life and gives practical advice on how to remove those distractions.  Joshua is not only very insightful and inspirational, but he is so relatable and down to earth.  This is a book that everyone should read, and I definitely plan on reading this one again and again anytime I need a reminder as to what is truly important.  This is a must read!
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This one is similar to this author’s other minimalism books but instead of reducing your possessions, it’s more about simplifying your life and taking care of your mental health so that you can live the most fulfilling life. There are lots of practical tips and anecdotes to help you visualize how it will look like for you. 

He commissioned a study in conjunction with his topics so you can see for yourself that you’re not alone in the things you’re feeling. I didn’t find a whole lot of new information here as I’ve been looking into these concepts already but I do think it’s useful to have them all in one place for someone who is looking for a good place to start optimizing their life.

I found the chapter on technology most useful. He points out how technology can take over our lives and offers tips for how to detox from it and return to using it in a way that’s purposeful and helpful to ourselves and others.
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The publisher provided a complimentary copy of this book.
Joshua Becker has been an inspiration since 2016 when I took his first “Uncluttered Course”.  His teaching and words changed my way of living. 
Things That Matter, rises from minimalism to a discovery in purposeful living.  Becker offers a guide in self-awareness revealing and tying our gifts, values and passions toward an intentional life.  Reducing the distractions, honing in on what matters offer insight and wisdom into unveiling the meaningful.
He continues to guide us into the exploration of ‘what’s enough’ while posing questions to deepen our connection to ourselves, to others and to the world.

Things That Matter, is another great read and powerful way to rethink and recommit to what matters in our lives.  May you too be inspired by his latest book!
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This book is thought provoking and timely to get you thinking about what is important in your life. The book provides exercises to encourage the reader to explore ways to dig deeper to find what matters most to you so you can live a meaningful and intentional life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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I am a listener of The Minimalists podcast and enjoyed this book as well.  Honest, relatable and doable ideas.
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Joshua Becker had written several books about minimalism over the last decade as well as a blog and Facebook page. I have enjoyed all of those and was curious as to whether this new book would live up to my expectations. It has. This new offering provides readers with in-depth information that I had been looking for to answer “what now?”  After arriving at my perfect place of minimalism (and it is an ongoing lifestyle) I was needing more. This book answered that for me. It provides clear info on why we may be fearful of the next step, assists in working through that and even how to figure out what that next step could be. 
As with Joshua’s other books, this, too, is like  having a conversation with a friend. Easy and open dialogue. I highly recommend this book
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★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review
 Joshua Becker has made his name as a proponent of minimalism. His new book examines internal and external distractions that divert our energy from things that truly matter in life.

Though each person has a unique design and special place in the world, there are some common experiences and values. Whether we get smaller through hurts and fears, whether we're chasing money or security, living life with meaning requires intentionality. 

Becker lays out some of the ways that we are pulled aside form purposeful living and encourages the reader to work through some exercises that clarify what you want and how to get there. 

Learn how to leave your mark ... not in money or emotions or society's view of success. But in a life worth living. Excellent for those at a crossroads, those feeling empty despite external success, and those in transition. This is your chance to find out things that matter most.
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Joshua Becker has been writing about minimalism and intentional living for over 10 years.  He has written on his blog as well as several previous books and I have followed him most of that time.  This book expands beyond minimizing possessions to the important topic of living an intentional, meaningful life.  He shows that minimizing possessions is a means, not an end in itself.  He also writes about the distractions of life, such as leisure, possessions, money, technology and happiness, which can hinder people from pursuing their higher purposes.  The book has chapters that take a deep dive in each of these areas to help the reader reduce some of these distractions.  The final chapter is encouragement to discover the meaning and purpose in the reader's live and then pursue that.  
As someone who is on the path to living in a simpler way and trying to find more meaning in life, I very much enjoyed this book.  I recommend it to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed in any aspect of their lives for good ideas of how to reduce is and do more of what they want.  
I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
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