Does Scripture encourage us to live a simpler lifestyle?
After his mother passed away, Spencer Bernard and his sister cleared out his mother’s house. He was confronted with all his stuff from childhood, still kept in the bedroom where he grew from boy to man. Getting rid of those possessions—the treasures he hadn’t even looked at in years—was initially painful, but in the end the process felt freeing.
He and his sister donated useful items in his mother’s house to a charity that helps single mothers. That seemed fitting, since his mother had been a single mom.
The experience of sorting out his mother’s house spurred Bernard to learn more about minimalism, but he needed something more than blog posts to motivate him to action. Bernard, a pastor, realized that the lessons most meaningful to him had come from the Bible. He sought answers in Scripture.
“If you read the minimalism blogs, you'll find that the point of simplifying isn’t just to tidy up. The purpose is to remove unneeded things so we can prioritize what’s most important. The goal is to live a richer and more satisfying life by clearing away the distractions. But as we'll see, Jesus goes even further and deeper,” says Bernard.
In Less, a quick read enriched with anecdotes about guitars, snow blowers, and iPads as well as end-of-chapter questions to help the reader, Bernard discusses what is lost when we crowd our lives with stuff. He lays out a Biblical foundation to explain why abundant possessions can hinder an abundant life. “When looking at Scripture through a ‘minimalist’ lens, I find inspiration and power,” says the pastor. “I’m excited at the reasons the Lord gives us to live with less.”
Spencer Bernard is an author, cartoonist, songwriter and musician, based in Minnesota. He is also a Pastor who uses his versatile artistic gifts and a dash of humor to connect with his communities.
Spencer uses his unique author conversational style that fuses a fun- to-read flair with practical storytelling to reinforce the meaning of the bible in everyday life. Spencer is appreciated by readers and his congregation for his intelligent simplicity and spirited approach.
As a cartoonist, his comics are thought-provoking, humorous and uplifting.
In his early career, Spencer wrote a song featured on Janet Jackson’s breakout album, “Control” called, “He Doesn’t Know I’m Alive.” He has also contributed to elite industry projects, including records by David Bowie and New Edition.
Spencer has been music-making with his co-artist and wife, Lisa, for almost a decade. The dynamic duo focus on creating kid’s music which help young people to remember Scripture passages in a fun and memorable way. When he is not helping others to connect with the bible through music, art, or writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, 'creating' anything interesting, and long walks in Gods' playground - the great outdoors.
“By applying what I learned in Spencer’s biblically-saturated and highly practical book, I was able to find the slow, fitful but purposeful path back to joy was littered with a lot fewer things. By becoming unencumbered with useless items accumulated in two decades of marriage, and avoiding the acquisition of new time-, money- and energy-sucking things, I feel like I am breathing more clearly; seeing more clearly.”
“‘Less’ will give you a wonderful perspective of what is important and practical advice on how to get rid of everything that distracts you from what matters most.”
“Spencer Bernard shares many relate-able anecdotes from his own life, as well as Scripture, to make his point. Too much “stuff” weighs a person down and can distract from God’s purposes. AND, some of that “stuff” might benefit someone else… if you’re willing to let go of it! This book is both a convicting and entertaining read.”