Enough: Finding More by Living with Less
Pastor Will Davis Jr, author of such books as PRAY BIG and 10 THINGS JESUS NEVER SAID, presents his newest title, ENOUGH: Finding More by Living with Less, as a welcome voice to the raging consumerism spreading across our country. Davis divides the topics of his text into five parts: enough is enough; more than enough; less than enough; move toward enough; and less is more. In his characteristic conversational style, he engages readers from the outset with a compelling statement about what our lives are not about.
"With a preponderance of evidence spread throughout this primer on living on less and liking it more, Davis does a marvelous job of convincing readers to put his recommendations into practice."
Davis writes, “Your purpose in life isn’t to make money. It isn’t to live a comfortable lifestyle, to prepare for your retirement, or even to provide well for your family. Believe it or not, you’re designed for something far better and much more exhilarating. If you limit your life’s purpose to acquiring wealth or living comfortably, then you’ll never have enough and you’ll never be satisfied.” He then goes on to explain what we are created for…and that simply throwing stuff at our soul never results in a satisfying life. He spends the bulk of this exciting book encouraging Christ followers to literally follow Jesus’ example by first realizing that every person is accountable to God for how we manage our money. Specifically, throughout scriptures, Christians are instructed to care for the poor, the widows and the orphans, and to spread the hope-giving message of Jesus Christ.
Before readers give in to panic and close the book, Davis assures them that he is not asking Christians to take a vow of poverty. Rather, he is offering numerous biblical principles for living an abundant life by living on less. Counterintuitive, yes, but he shares that the Bible actually says you’ll be richer if you scale back what you own and your life will be fuller and less stressful, with more time for what really matters, and that relationships can better flourish in a less-is-more setting. Davis underscores the principle with this verse spoken by Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35.
With skeptical readers in mind, Davis is smart enough to spend considerable space defining the term “enough” by today’s standards as well as biblical standards. He quotes from Proverbs 30:7-9: “…give me neither poverty or riches. Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” With these words in mind, he then gets right down to the practical reasons for learning to live on less.
Here are Davis’ top 10 benefits with lots of explanation following each one:
- You’ll have more time.
- You’ll have more peace.
- You’ll help your relationships.
- You’ll be more content.
- You’ll have less or no debt.
- You’ll be prepared for tough financial times.
- You’ll be better equipped to respond to need.
- Your life will be simpler.
- You’ll have better intimacy with God.
- You’ll have more joy.
With a preponderance of evidence spread throughout this primer on living on less and liking it more, Davis does a marvelous job of convincing readers to put his recommendations into practice. Chapter by chapter, he shares real person accounts that continue to weigh in favor of this more selfless principle. By book’s end, readers will be excited to start finding new ways to get rid of excess baggage from their lives no matter what form it comes packaged in.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on July 18, 2012