I recently read More or Less- Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger.

Here is a quote from the foreword of the book by Bob Goff.
“It all started with one idea: What would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives? In More or Less, readers will learn how to draw a line of “enough” in their consumer choices, how to see generosity as a chance to experience freedom in a greedy world, and how to make small changes now that will help others forever. As Shinabarger reminds them, defining “enough” is more than a responsibility—it is an opportunity to give hope. With a foreword by Bob Goff.”

Many of us do not consider ourselves rich, but we are better off than many other people. There are ways to give of ourselves instead of just money and things. The book contains practical ways how to turn our excess possess into generosity towards others.

It is a good reminder that people are more important than possessions. One example is one year they overspent at Christmas time and tried cutting back on expenses to save money to repay the bill. They decided to eat the food they already had in the house and only purchased dairy and fresh produce. He thought they would do it for a month, they ended up being able to eat meals for 7 weeks with the food they already had. One comment was that it was not always the healthiest of meals because of the excessive carbs from breads but many of us have plenty of food but still keep purchasing more items.

The same is with clothing. One reader made a commitment to wear a different outfit each day until she had worn every item in her closet. She figured it would take her about 30 days. It ended up taking her 156 days to wear everything in her closet.

I will be writing future posts in the next couple of weeks detailing more aspects from the book.

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Nancy Kvamme

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