Archives For Economy


An excellent new book on the present economic situation for families in the United States:

Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Alissa Quart

Hardback: Ecco, 2018.
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]

Listen to an excellent NPR interview with the author…
(Interviewed by Terry Gross of All Things Considered)

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Today I stumbled upon the series of E.F. Schumacher Lectures that are available as 99c Kindle bargains!

E.F. Schumacher is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. According to The Times Literary Supplement, his 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered is among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. (via Wikipedia)

Wendell Berry gave the inaugural lecture in this series, but unfortunately it is not available in a Kindle Edition.
HOWEVER, you can listen to the full lecture (for FREE) online by CLICKING HERE.

I don’t know if these titles are on sale or if 99c is their standard price…

Here’s a list of the ones that I think are most important, but I highly recommend that you

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1) Becoming Native To This Place by Wes Jackson
– 99c

2) Call For A Revolution In Agriculture – Wes Jackson
– 99c
3) The Most Important Number In The World by Bill McKibben
– 99c

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Christine Pohl

Here is the third of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted earlier this month here at Englewood Christian Church.

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here… ]

Christine Pohl is Professor of Church and Society at Asbury Theological Seminary.

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“How Now Shall We Eat?

A review of

The Town that Food Saved:
How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
By Ben Hewitt.

Review by Dave Swanson.

The town that Food Saved - Ben HewittThe Town that Food Saved:
How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
Ben Hewitt.
New Paperback Edition:
Rodale Books, 2011.
Buy now:
[ Amazon – Paperback ]
[ Amazon – Kindle ]

The problem with reading books about sustainability, ecology, and responsible agriculture, is that the authors seem irresistibly drawn to recitation of “the litany”: that long, horrible, tragic list of ways that we humans are destroying things on our world. It’s as if reading this litany one more time will push readers over the edge to finally admit that, “Yes, western industry and the lifestyles that make it necessary are doing so much harm in the world that I am NOW determined to make a change (trumpets please)! I fear the litany has become a dirge, inspiring nobody.

Thankfully, Ben Hewitt has resisted the list! In his book The Town that Food Saved about the burgeoning food economy in Hardwick, Vermont, Hewitt gives us a story both timely and laden with import for our food crisis. I say story because that is what it is. The book, instead of introducing readers to issues, introduces us to people. The cast of characters involved with the food economy in Hardwick and the narrative outlining the evolution of the dynamics between them captured my attention and created a human context in which Hewitt could explore the questions about the food economy. Of course, some of the statistics and issues frequently appearing in the litany do appear in his book but it is as a contextual aside to the primary task he pursues: Finding out if the changes in the food economy in Hardwick are as beneficial to that community as those driving the movement claim.

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Ragan Sutterfield’s FARMING AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE is now available from Doulos Christou Press.

Read an excerpt from FARMING

Order directly from Doulos Christou Press and save!
$5 each (plus $2.95 S/H)

Retail price is $7.95!


“Wonder, Gratitude and Guilt”

A Review of
The Pleasures and Sorrows Of Work.
by Alain de Botton.

 Reviewed by Ragan Sutterfield.


The Pleasures and Sorrows Of Work.
Alain de Botton.
Hardback: Pantheon, 2009.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

The odd thing about the modern world is how little of it we think about.  We wake up under sheets manufactured in some unknown place like Mauritius, we drink coffee shipped from Latin America or Africa or Asia, we sit down to work using hundreds of bits of software and hardware that someone, somewhere created, marketed, sold, transported, bought, placed, and sold again.  And yet we think very little about who created these things and all of the people and places involved in bringing them to us.

Our own work is often a part of this same vast system in which we play one small part in a process that is far bigger than any one of us.  Unlike the workers of generation ago we usually never meet the people who made what we sell or buy what we made.  This reality has created an extremely efficient economy, creating wealth and commerce on levels never seen before, but at the same time our work has increasingly become disconnected from the very realities and interactions that make work meaningful and fulfilling.

In his new book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work Alain de Botton delves deeply into the realities of modern labor and the complex and often alienating economy we find ourselves in.  His approach is one of unveiling the hidden undercurrents of our society and that exploration works not unlike Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time in the way in which it opens up the mind to the deeper realities of our everyday lives.  The book is accompanied with excellent photographs throughout by Richard Baker that help to punctuate and illustrate the exploration.

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Some excellent Wendell Berry videos here to kick off the video portion of our multimedia Tuesdays.

First and foremost, you do not want to miss this excellent show from Kentucky Public Television where Wendell Berry interviews Bill McKibben about Bill’s recent book Deep Economy.  I’m bummed that we can’t actually post the video here, but you should click here and go watch this video.
(It is an hour long, so if you want to watch the whole thing, you’ll need to carve out some time!)

Wendell Berry reads a recent poem (early 2009):

Brian McLaren reads one of Wendell Berry’s poems: