Following God One Step at a Time

To Choose or Not To Choose

on April 8, 2016

The decision to choose or not to choose is essential to your life, to every person’s life.  Greg McKeown is an expert on this subject, called “Essentialism”.

This is my Book Review of “Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown. 

This book is useful to anyone wanting to live intentionally, or wanting to have a more purposeful life.   I chose to read it, because I am trying to live more intentionally, and my One Word for 2016 is “Re-focus”.  I learned so much from this book.  I now have more goals to reach for, and have a better understanding of what living intentionally means.

After reading this book, I determined that “an essentialist is intentional, but a person who is living intentionally is not necessarily an essentialist.  I now believe I am both.  This book helped me clarify that.

(Because I usually review Christian books, I just need to tell you, if you are wondering whether this book is a Christian book or not, it is not.  However, it does fit into the Christian life.  In my opinion, there is nothing in it counter to Christianity, and it can be helpful to both Christians and non-Christians.)

If you sometimes feel overwhelmed, or you are not getting anything important done, or you are not sure what to do next, then this book is for you!

Some people accomplish a little in 100 different directions.  Other people accomplish a great deal, in just 1 or 2 directions.  Which would you rather do?  If you want what other people do, to accomplish much in a couple key areas of your life, then you should read this book!

To help you understand what this book is about, and what “essentialism” is, here are some key ideas from the book –

  • Do less better
  • Actively pursue less
  • Make wise choices
  • Say “No” more often
  • Set a few absolute priorities
  • Clarify your life’s purpose

One key idea the author says several times in the book –-

If you don’t make a choice, someone else will choose for you.

 If you think about it, this is very true.  If we don’t know what we want to do next, someone will ask us to do something, or something will get our attention, and we are suddenly doing something we did not purposely choose.  It could be helping someone with their project, or cleaning out the closet at home, either is a possible choice, but not likely to be the best use of your time.

So what is the 1 thing you totally want to do right now?  Choose to do that!


I borrowed this book from the library.  You can read a portion of the book and purchase it at The author, Greg McKeown, also has other books on this subject available at Amazon.

If you want to read more about living intentionally, you can look at my posts on 3 other books I really enjoyed. —

10 Days to a More Organized Home, on the book “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider

Born to Die, on the book “Make It Happen” by Lara Casey

Book Review on a Blue Bike, on the book “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider




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