"This is one of the easiest books you will ever read-and one of the most difficult. Though there is not a word here that will be unintelligible to anyone, the challenge that Art Simon presents to every reader will leave you gasping for breath at times and at other times may prompt you to hurl the book across the room. Within the context of the United States of America at the beginning of the twenty-first century, this book may even strike some as a kind of obscenity-how dare he speak to us this way? It is, in fact, a sign of contradiction for our age, the very thing we don't want to know about, the only way that can bring us peace."
Author of How the Irish Saved Civilization,
The Gifts of the Jews, and Desire of the
Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus
"Affluence not only compromises obedience to God; it also consumes one's hunger for God, says Bread for the World founder Simon. This highly recommended book is as unsettling as Jesus' teachings on possessions, but the prophetic sting is balanced with pastoral encouragement. Pages are laced with substantive quotes, Bible commentary, and personal stories. Simple living is espoused, but readers aren't made to feel guilty over Third World poverty. Simon targets how our drive for wealth and security usurps the desire we could have for God's ways. This excellent work effectively combines issues of stewardship and sanctification, finance and faith...At best, readers will hear Jesus say, 'Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also' (Matthew 6:21, KJV)."
-Ted Lewis, CBA Marketplace
"Direct, concrete, deeply rooted, and compelling."
-Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Art Simon deepens our trust in God's bountiful grace and thereby empowers us to apportion our wealth more openhandedly. Share this book with everyone you know-the world can't wait for justice!"
-Marva J. Dawn
Author of Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living
in an Affluent Society
"Art Simon invites us to a new way of living that, freed from the shackles of consumption, is the way of gratitude and generosity. And he leaves it up to each of us to think through, and pray through, exactly what that means for us."
-Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief, First Things
"Superb. The distilled wisdom of a lifetime of faithful obedience and creative leadership. If American Christians would truly read and understand this powerfully simple book, the result would be a cascading abundance of joy and justice."
-Ronald J. Sider, president
Evangelicals for Social Action