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Less is More (Book Review)

By, Benjamin H. Liles

          While I mainly and always write what I know would please Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I have to be truly objective when I talk about Chris Nye's book, Less is More. When I say what I do it's about our popular culture, such as Britney Spears, Pope Francis -- also known by the name Jorge Mario Bergoglio, before being crowned "Pope," and admittedly things pertaining to what all Americans desire after: prosperity. I applaud none of that, save Christ alone.

          My apologies off the bat as this is not one of my sweet-natured book reviews I have ever posted. This is the wrong book for the wrong time. Chris Nye is wanting to educate us all as "Less is the light of the eternal." Yet, for me it has fallen flat and far from it's premise of doing that. The back of the book reads, ""Less of More exposes our pursuit of more for what it truly is: an attempt to satisfy our souls with the temporary instead of the eternal." If that's the case, why is it in the second chapter, second paragraph, page 25, Chris writes, "When I brought my editor an idea for a story with a particular headline I liked...'it won't Google for s**t.'"

           Really? This is supposed to be a non-fiction Christian book talking about how we need more of the eternality of Christ's glory for our sinfulness, and yet this is lined in Chris Nye's book? What are we really saying here? It's great to be like Joel Osteen, and in that same vein Joyce Meyer. My blog has never been popular and I doubt it ever will, but then again Jesus Christ Himself wasn't popular. Jesus Himself never fit in with the "Religiosity of the times." No, Christ proposed a radical way of living, being humble, serving others, being a servant to all, and ultimately giving His life to match the will of God in Isaiah 53, and yet books like Chris Nye hits a vast audience, and BAM! best seller? Wow. That's what people really want: no Christ, just give me more emptiness. No, I don't want God in my life, let's talk about Him, but let's not honor Him.

          I couldn't in all honesty read this book. I have a problem taking worldly things and trying to ascribe eternal value with them. Christ can do it effectively, but me, I can't; I don't know how. I received a complimentary copy of this book by Baker Books for a an accurate review. With that said as well, I'm surprised they would allow this book to be published considering being a Christian publisher.

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