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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
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.
"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
Elysa Mac5 Stars Out Of 5April 7, 2009Elysa MacExcellent book! Samson lays out some hard facts and then asks us to ask some hard questions and then make some hard decisions about how we are living life and does it reflect the life of Christ that we are supposed to be representing. One point which stands out to me is the importance of Christian Americans, myself included, to learn to be content with less so we can do more to impact those in need around us, in our own neighborhoods, in our nation, and in the world. I've had the blessing of meeting Will Samson and spending time with his family in their urban home and I can tell you that this book is a true reflection of the journey they are on. These folks are not just talking the talk.
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