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How Much is Enough? Hungering For God in an Affluent

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In a world filled with both prosperity and poverty, how can Christians handle their finances in a way that honors God? In How Much Is Enough?, Arthur Simon takes an uncompromising look at America's wealth, reflecting what dominates the hearts and motivations of its people. He diagnoses Western civilization as sick with "affluenza," or runaway materialism, and shows readers ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Baker Books
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Sarah
Dec 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
i feel guilty giving this book 2 stars because it is about such an important topic, but i didn't really enjoy it much. i also feel guilty saying that the reason i didn't like it was that the author was a bit too preachy and never really delved into things -- he just brushed over vague contexts. why does that make me feel guilty? because this man founded bread for the world, which is an amazing organization working for hunger relief and connecting faith communities with justice through legislativ ...more
Rhonnie
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A couple good lines. The theme should be : Love God, and your heart and mind will be on things that He loves and you'll want to seek His will. He touches on it a bit. But the rest of the book reads a little bit like we should try really hard in our flesh to be less selfish. And we know that won't get us anywhere. Also, I wish he had acknowledged that throwing money at an issue is not always going to solve it. He oversimplifies things and is a little harsh toward people who don't think about erad ...more
Irene
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Quite challenging.
Leigh
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all americans
Great book, could not put it down. Very easy to read. Really puts all your "stuff" in perspective, literally! If you're going shopping this weekend, buy this book!
Joanna
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good kick in the ass for all materialistic Americans, but gets you thinking.
Lynne
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It says what needs to be said...and lived. Our current politicians are NOT helping, it IS up to the people.

This is THE best book on living a Christian life I have ever read in over 7 decades...currently, there is little such life in the US and the world. It is why our politics are so horrendously anti-human and mean-spirited.

As I was finishing this book, I started another book which dovetailed very neatly and a little more scholarly into this same topic...written by a rabbi. I ould suggest readi
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Jerry
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Urgently, incessantly, Jesus drew people to God. Seek first the kingdom and righteousness of God, he said. For this we were made. Nothing else satisfies the longing of the heart. Nothing but the source of joy can give us joy. So Jesus invites us to follow him, to hunger and thirst for God and to feast on the goodness that comes from God alone.

Chapter 1 ."That Seductive Urge"
None of us is immune to the seduction of trying to slake what is really a spiritual thirst with things that money can buy
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Parke Wilde
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This delightful book offers a Christian perspective on simple living, environmentalism, and justice for the world's poor.

The book is highly readable, well-organized, and psychologically astute. The number one reason to live simply is that you and your family will be happier and enjoy life more. The number two reason is to do well by the environment, and the number three reason is to live within your means so that you can put more of your resources at God's disposal, perhaps through charitable co
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Angie
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT book!
Anyone unsure of how to live in the world without being part of the world should strongly consider this book. I enjoy going to the store and buying useless things as much as the next guy, but in reality I don't need half the junk I buy.

The book covers the important things in life and how to re-discover the importance of what really matters.
*try going a day without electronics (it's harder than you think)
*enjoy a walk through the woods with your family and appreciate the beauty o
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Gerry
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book. unfortunately, it didn't challenge me in the way I wanted to be challenged.
I went on a bread for the world retreat in Florida in 1983 and was inspired by it. I still have a long way to go.
Grace
Jun 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
don't remember it enough to rate it...
Madeline
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
"What use is it to live a simplified life, volunteer at a food bank, and contribute money, while doing nothing about public policies that lock people deeply into hunger?"
Jillian
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
A little bit too simplistic for my taste.
Claire
Mar 22, 2008 rated it liked it
a little preach-y at first, but the ultimate message is good.
Bob-debra Gross
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really makes you stop and think about what you have compared to what others don't have. An AHA book for me.
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AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! This book made me mad.
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