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Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess - eBook
David C. Cook / 2011 / ePub
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We know that only God and His love can fulfill us, but somehow consumerism has become a way of life for many in the American church. In Enough Will Samson explores the negative aspects of living in a culture of excess and then how to live trusting God for our contentment. He offers life and peace no earthly thing can supply. Come and experience the abundance God offers, and find He is, in fact, enough.
How much is enough?
In an age of conspicuous consumption-of designer sunglasses, jeweled cell phones, and five-thousand-square-foot homes-is it possible to be content? In a society where children spend more time worrying about their weight than their grades, is it possible to find peace? In a world being drained of its natural resources, is it conceivable that we do nothing? And with a universe of dazzling temptation at our fingertips, will we still seek the God of all creation?
Will Samson is good at opening thoughtful dialogue; a recent conversation was about social justice. In Enough, his latest wide-ranging, insightful book, Will addresses the idea of finding contentment in this age of excess. With a casual, accessible writing style, he discusses consumerism, contentment as a Christian discipline, and the notion of stewarding our resources. In four sections, Will outlines the ideas that drive a consumeristic mindset; the effects those ideas have on ourselves, our communities, and the earth; conclusions about the situation; and practical solutions for negotiating everyday life once we understand that our abundant God is, in fact, enough.
If you're exhausted from keeping up with the Joneses, or if you're looking for the balance between what is necessary and what is too much, just stop. Enough is enough.
Will Samson is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Kentucky, where he is working on research in the areas of sustainability and Christian community. He was recently awarded the Gilbert Beers Fellowship for his paper "Christians for the Mountains: An Evangelical Response to Mountaintop Removal." Will and his wife, Lisa, along with their three children, Ty, Jake, and Gwynnie, live in Lexington, Kentucky, as part of Communality, an intentional Christian community dedicated to living out the call of the gospel in tangible ways.
"Will Samson has caught a glimpse of the abundance that promises more than your best life now. Inspired by the Eucharist, Will outlines a life better than we could imagine in out cultural captivity--an economy of enough where the poor find bread and the rich find contentment because we find one another in the community of our Lord. Read the book but more than that, join the feast." Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, new monastic, author, and director of School for Conversion
"Can a book be hard-hitting without being guilt-inducing? Can it be both convicting and encouraging? Can it be beautifully written and deeply thoughtful--and really funny in places too? Can it be good for you and enjoyable to read? Can it help intensify your commitment to God and decrease your addiction to stuff? With Will Samson's Enough, the answers are all yes." Brian McLaren, author and activist
"This book is good news. It is not simply a NO to the things wrong in the world. Will invites us to say YES to another way of doing life." Shane Claiborne, activist and author of The Irresistible Revolution
Will Samson is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Kentucky, where he is working on research in the area of sustainability and Christian community. Will and his wife, Lisa, live with their three children in Lexington, Kentucky, as part of Communality, an intentional Christian community dedicated to living out the call of the gospel in tangible ways.
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