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The Trouble with Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises

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What if you're living in the wrong reality?Doesn't everyone want the good life these days? Our shopping mall world offers us a never-ending array of pleasures to explore. Consumerism promises us a vision of heaven on earth-a reality that's "hyper"-real. We've all experienced hyperreality: a candy so 'grape-ey' it doesn't taste like grapes any more; a model's photo so manip ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2008)
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Kimberly Joy
Sep 05, 2013 Kimberly Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kimberly Joy by: Kristel Yamat
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This book is an eye-opener. I learned a lot by reading it.
I knew how the advertisers work because I am a Marketing graduate, but what I found out in this book surprised me.

We really live in a world where a person's ability/achievement is more important than his character.

Mark Sayers provided a refreshing view on how we can maintain our hold of God's reality while battling with the culture of hyperreality.

Everyone should read this book; especially the young adults.
When you're done, you'll have a
I found the first half of this book really interesting - a clear and concise explanation of consumer capitalism and its affect on our personal lives; loss of depth, reliance on "stuff" etc etc. However the second half of the book was quite disappointing. It switched straight into a gospel message - providing a very tenuous link between our loss of self due to consumerism and the way which this can be resolved if we find our identities and fulfillment in *the love and hope of jesus*. This argumen ...more
Gregory Rothbard
Mark Sayer’s book The Trouble with Paris examines the way Modern Consumerism has been exalted to the “New Religion”. Sayers shows that corporate America has erected plastic Idols that manipulate consumers to always want more, and more, and even more of that plastic stuff. “Human beings are used and discarded like Styrofoam boxes that held junk food.”*
When we worship made things instead of our LORD we are left with a hyper-reality. This hyper-reality is a vacuum that leaves worshipers empty. “Re
Jessica Weleski
If I could tell people to put one book on their summer reading list, this book would be it. Seriously, you can look for the bargain edition on Amazon for $6 right now. Sayers discusses the way that our airbrushed, social media obsessed culture has pulled us into great tension. On the one hand, we know we live in an imperfect reality, but on the other hand, we desperately want to edit our lives for perfection, assuming that the mundane and even the awful events of life are not moments to live thr ...more
Trinity Killingsworth
Fantastic book. I gleaned so much from this book about the concept of hyperconsumerism and how it affects my emotional and spiritual well-being. I highly recommend it!
Walt Walkowski
Wow. Really, really good book. I'm surprised I did not hear about it... I basically stumbled upon it and was truly impressed by what this guy had to say. The only reason it does not get 5 stars is because it does get a little bogged down in the middle. But I think Sayers is on to something that more people should be thinking and talking about. Highly, highly recommend this one.
Jul 28, 2008 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rick by: its publisher
Really enjoyed this book. the author, Mark Sayers, writes with a refreshing voice. His analysis of current culture is crisp, and his analysis of the current state of affairs in the church is thought provoking. I found nuggets in every chapter.
As with a lot of Christian lit, book brings up a couple of good points and puts a name to real life issues but still generalizes too much to be applicable, IMO.
a great book for those who work with young people on a day-to-day basis and live from a Christian spirit
Paul Newnham
This is a great book and I am half way through really enjoying
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