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Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective is a rich collection of voices that bring clarity to the confusion between our society's ideal of the material "good life" with the "abundant life, " modeled after the person of Jesus, the things he taught, and the way he lived. It invites us to re-examine and rearrange our lives, to sweep away the "clutter" that ...more
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Published March 1st 1999 by Zzz (Titles W/Out a Vendor)
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Scott Schlotfelt
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book for free as part of some special offer almost 15 years ago. Often, I've seriously considered reading it only to choose something else. After so many years, I've now made it through (although slowly) and I have to say that it's really a unique treasure of a book. Although technically a Christian book, it really could speak to anyone (religious or not - some will be disappointed there isn't more Jesus-ey stuff in it while others might wonder why there is so much) as it covers ...more
ryan
Apr 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
though i am not a christian, i absolutely respect this book and it's philosophies about living simply and sustainably. it's got great facts and research about how dangerous our lifestyles are becoming for the earth, but it's not all doomsday material, and backs up the criticism with positive solutions that can actually be accomplished by anyone everyday.
Bradelliott
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
" Freedom is not the opposite of determinism, but of compulsion, of having to act."

"The myth of fulfillment makes us miss the most beautiful aspect of our human souls: our emptiness, our incompleteness, our radical yearning for love. We were never meant to be completely fulfilled; we were meant to taste it, to long for it, and to grow toward it. In this way we participate in love becoming life, life becoming love. To miss our emptiness is, finally, to miss our hope."

"The ancients knew the value
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Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
I definitely skimmed most of the essays in this book - they're pretty repetitive, and the more abstract theory ones have a weepy/whiny tone to them - but there were some real gems, especially from Wendell Berry. I also liked the simple, fact-based analyses of the impact that unwise food choices and environmental carelessness have on minority and impoverished groups.
Amy
Jan 08, 2009 added it
This is a collection of Essay's. The few that I have read have been so insightful and challenging. A great used book store find!
Lori
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
some good chapters, some a bit fuzzy. It did stretch me out of my box, which is always good.
Kelley S. Kent
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I hoped to learn something from this book. Then I read the “hunter-gatherer continuum” chapter. Suddenly the nonsense of it all hit me. Simple living is for yuppies! Relying solely on super-markets for food can lead to food insecurity (which trumps environmentalism) in case of oil shortages or natural disaster, but it’s all that my family can afford. Simple living isn’t a white problem either. The working class and people on fixed incomes – white and black – can’t identify with the issues raised ...more
Kitt
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the book Simpler Living, Compassionate Life – A Christian Perspective because I was looking for spiritual grounding during a time when I was experiencing some economic anxiety. The book is a series of essays written about Simple Living that gives and overview of the practice, it’s historical background and theological basis. While I did find some inspiration & solace from reading this collection of essays, that the book is written for and about people who have significantly more econo ...more
Kim Norton
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book very much. Though I did not read it with a discussion group, I read a few of the essays each weekend and gave myself the following week to mentally digest them. Every single one provided food for thought!

The very best thing I like about this book is that the essays were all written before 1999 at a time when it wasn't necessarily fashionable to look for the "simple life". Many of the warnings seem to be taken from today's headlines, but they were really voiced decade
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Rod White
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve gave me this book and made sure I got to it. I am glad he did. It is a lovely collection of essays about simplicity -- words that are much-needed in this noisy, crowded, anonymous and slavish era. I especially appeciated the words on sabbath and on food. These are not simple essays; it is a deep book. But thinkers (and people who should be thinkers) will want to read it. Cell leaders might even want to drop in one of the study guides for a cell meeting. I hope Steve will let me keep the co ...more
Gloria
This is a collection of essays written by proponents of simplicity as a lifestyle and simplicity as a means of saving/healing the earth. A variety of perspectives that cross economical, theological, ecological, and family territories. Strong views present. This is not a how-to book, but rather prone to make you think about these issues and how they might become part of your life. You can read one excerpt or the whole thing as desired.
Rich
Nov 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
So far a great book of various articles with a study guide that I'm going through with a core group. It addresses the issue of time, money, peace, and can less really mean more! It has been especially good considering the season of holidays we are in!
Libby
Mar 23, 2008 marked it as to-read
We are reading The Freedom Manifesto, which is about living more simply. I think I would like to compare/contrast the Christian perspective to the anarchist book. My prediction is that they will have similar ideas.
Renee
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
A bit academic, not an easy read.
Casey
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-ministry
Too many white male authors.
Karin
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid. Highly recommended. Good small group resource.
Brian
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
this is a great book with several contributing authors.
i missed out on the accompanying video curriculum (it's from 1999)
but hope to find it and lead a group through it at some point soon.
Holly
Great ideas I this book, though many if the essays are quite outdated.
Cassie
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh. I can't believe I wasn't exposed to this collection of essays earlier. Very deep, very practical, great perspectives. Great!
Dan Brunner
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid small group discussion text.
April
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful essays. Contemplative and inspiring.
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