Less is More
Bigger, better, faster, is today's mantra. Within the frenetic and frenzied culture of the West today, amid the blizzard of downloads, texts, status updates, e-mails, and smart phones; within the break-neck world of work, in which we must look busy...
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Bigger, better, faster, is today's mantra. Within the frenetic and frenzied culture of the West today, amid the blizzard of downloads, texts, status updates, e-mails, and smart phones; within the break-neck world of work, in which we must look busy or else; within a consumer world in which we endlessly pursue more things to keep up with the latest gadgetry, as well as with each other; within all the pressures to be someone, to make something of your life, and to be seen as successful; Brian Draper stops. And pauses. And breathes in. And breathes out. And listens. And asks, How can we simply live?
Brian Draper was tired of feeling tired; life in its fullness felt like a life crammed full of stuff, and no more. "I don't want to be the kind of father who turns up late and exhausted for his children's school concert and sits at the back fiddling with a Blackberry, distracted, vacant. I want to be THERE, in the front row, fully present." Drawing on the guidance of Christian wisdom, he began to notice opportunities, day to day, to reduce the quantity, and increase the quality of life - to make room for his soul. LESS IS MORE distils a wonderful spiritual principle which is especially significant at this point in history, when time is limited and money is in short supply. Chapters include: Clearing the loft - literally and spiritually; Using your senses to savour what is free; Finding rhythm; Giving freely; Expressing yourself.
Brian Draper is a lecturer in contemporary culture at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He was formerly editor of Third Way magazine. He has a monthly column on culture in the Christian Herald and also writes for the Church Times. Recently, he has begun writing and presenting for BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day on the Today programme. He has also written extensively for U2.com and for Amazon.
He is the author of Spiritual Intelligence: A new way of being and Searching 4 Faith.