Joshua Becker and his young family were introduced to minimalism six years ago during a short conversation with their neighbor. Since then, Becker’s story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find more life by owning fewer possessions. Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement, reaching more than one million readers every month.
Becker is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites in 2015.
In his latest book, The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (WaterBrook, May 3, 2016), Becker shares the rich benefits that any person can experience through owning less.
“I have learned a lot about minimalism in the years since my garage-cleaning experience. The best of my discoveries appear in The More of Less, writes Becker. “Yet the point I will keep coming back to is the same insight I had on that first day: Our excessive possessions are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter. This is a message desperately needed in a society heavily motivated by the possibility of owning large amounts of stuff. And I believe it is a message that will bring you new life and greater joy.”
Becker is also the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Simplify and Clutterfree with Kids. He has contributed to articles in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Christianity Today. He is also a frequent guest on “HuffPost Live” and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the “CBS Evening News.”
The pursuit of simple living has enabled Becker to live out two of his key values—generosity and intentionality. Because of that, he has founded The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans. Currently, he lives in Peoria, Ariz., with his wife and two young kids.
Parent Herald, March 2016
Beth Gebhard, Choice Media & Communications