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Living More with Less, 30th Anniversary Edition
Herald Press / 2010 / Paperback
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Written in 1980 by Doris Janzen Longacre, before living simply and "green" became trendy and popular, Living More with Less was a practical guide for living in simple, sustainable, and healthy ways-ways that keep the future of the planet, and the plight of poor people, in mind.
Thirty years later, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition has been released as a way to celebrate and honor Longacre, who died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 39, before she could complete the original manuscript, and to keep her vision for simple and sustainable living alive today.
In addition to Doris' original reflections on themes such as doing justice, learning from the world community, nurturing people, cherishing the natural order, and nonconforming freely, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition contains new and updated essays, reflections, and practical tips in areas such as money, homekeeping, gardening, cooking, clothing, transportation, and technology.
With stories, reflections, and advice from people around the world, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition is a vibrant collection of reflections and testimonies, old and new, of those who have discovered the joy of living with enough.
In addition to the author's original reflections on themes such as doing justice, learning from the world community, nurturing people, cherishing the natural order, and nonconforming freely, "Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition" contains new and updated essays, reflections, and practical tips in areas such as money, homekeeping, gardening, cooking, clothing, transportation, and technology.
"This book was decades ahead of its time, and is just as relevant today as it was thirty years ago. With fresh voices and new ideas alongside the gems it is known for, Living More with Less is all about preserving artful living, celebrating the age-old wisdom of simplicity, and protecting skills that are in danger of extinction. It is like a cookbook for life." - Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, speaker, and activist
"Herein lies sound advice for living sensibly-and for freeing up the energy you need to join with your neighbors in the drive for a fair and durable earth." - Bill McKibben, author Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"This timely revised and updated edition is exceptionally wise, urgently necessary for the sake of saving our planet, pertinently and personally practical, always adaptable to train us for the next step, gently escorting us to actions for the sake of our sanity, and accessibly appropriate for all! Who could not but rave about this book!" - Marva Dawn, author of Unfettered Hope; Being Well When We're Ill; and Keeping the Sabbath Wholly
"Living More with Less is about a way of living rooted in the Christian faith. It's about following Jesus who cared for the poor. It tells the stories of those who live with less-a countercultural move in a society of excess. Our planet is groaning and we desperately need the kind of thoughtful essays and tips in this book to show us the way forward." - Ron Sider, founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action
"The collective wisdom of Living More with Less is a tremendous gift to us in that it articulates a holistic vision for a better way, as well as practical insights for making that life a reality." - Albert Y. Hsu, author of The Suburban Christian
"As someone who wants to pattern my life after the person of Jesus in very practical and contemporary ways, Living More with Less is a volume to underline and dog-ear and highlight and bookmark. I highly recommend it for those who aspire to live well." - Margot Starbuck, author of The Girl in the Orange Dress and Unsqueezed
"What I love most about this anniversary edition is the opportunity to hear a chorus of diverse but harmonious voices, singing together for the first time in one volume. Living More with Less...is a book filled with hope and encouragement." - Nancy Sleeth, co-director of Blessed Earth and author of Go Green, Save Green and The Year of Living Without
Doris Janzen Longacre grew up in Elbing, Kan., and Tucson, Ariz. She attended Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and received her BA in home economics from Goshen (Indiana) College, Goshen in 1961. She also studied at Goshen Biblical Seminary and Kansas State University.
She taught home economics at Hesston Academy and College from 1961-63 and served along with her family in Mennonite Central Committee assignments in Vietnam from 1964-67 and in Indonesia from 1971-72.
Doris was chairperson of the Akron Mennonite Church from 1973-76, member of the Board of Overseers of Goshen Biblical Seminary from 1976-79, and a frequent speaker and worship leader at church conferences in Canada and the United States.
In 1976 she compiled the More-with-Less Cookbook, which has become a household item for persons wanting to cook more responsibly in light of world food needs. Her next book, Living More with Less, was published in 1980, after her death, from cancer, in 1979. She was 39 years old.
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