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Living Faithfully in a Materialistic,
Consumer-focused, and Unjust Culture

A Review of 

More than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess
Lee Hull Moses

Paperback: WJK Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Ellen Painter Dollar

 

I gained many things from years I spent in a small, nontraditional coffee-house church in Washington, D.C.—my husband, lifelong friends, the realization that some Christians actually take both Jesus Christ and social justice seriously. And a heavy load of confusion and guilt over how I should think and feel about the literal stuff of life.
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Suffering that Transforms

A Feature Review of

Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God’s Abundance

Caryn Rivadeneira

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Halee Gray Scott.

On September 29, Americans watched the Dow slide 778 points—the largest single day decline—like a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane just broke shore. As everyone else fled for cover in horror, my husband, Paul, and I tried walking on water. As a result of the crisis, Paul’s company, a non-profit ministry, ordered offsite workers to work from the corporate office in Laguna Beach, one of the most expensive zip codes in the country. Knowing we’d never be able to afford a home there on a ministry salary, Paul and I decided to take the money we’d saved over the years and build a life in a more affordable area. Things went well until the eve of my daughter’s first birthday, when she came down with a severe, life-threatening respiratory illness, landing her in the children’s hospital for more than a week. With our crash and burn insurance policy, that one visit cost us all our savings and put us severely in debt. Far from walking on water, we sunk. Or at least we thought we did. We felt like we’d lost everything.

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FREE: Spending Your Time and Money On What Matters Most
By M
ark Scandrette

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I was hoping to write my review of Mark Scandrette’s new book this week…

FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters MostMark Scandrette

Paperback: IVP Books, 2013
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*** Other Books by Mark Scandrette

BUT with finalizing revisions on a book manuscript and catching up after last week’s trip to the CCDA conference, a review didn’t happen.
Instead, we offer this great video introduction to the book…

I am looking forward to introducing Mark at two events in the next week, and briefly framing the book within the biblical idea of an economy of abundance (one of the key themes of the Slow Church book).

More details on these events: 
[ Indianapolis – Sunday evening 9/22 ]  [ Cincinnati – Monday Evening 9/23 ]






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Sacrifice
Edgar Guest

When he has more than he can eat
To feed a stranger’s not a feat.

When he has more than he can spend
It isn’t hard to give or lend.

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“Christian ‘Realism’ or
a New Reality in Christ”

A Review of

Business for the Common Good:
A Christian Vision for the Marketplace

by Kenman L. Wong and Scott B. Rae
Paperback: IVP Books, 2011.
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Reviewed by Ragan Sutterfield.

When I was in college we had to go to chapel, a requirement I couldn’t hold to regularly enough to keep me off the college’s “chapel probation” list—an honor roll of philosophy majors, artists, and a good smattering English majors.  One of the chapel speakers who came through was a business man who had graduated from the college and made it big with Goldman Sachs, working in a very senior management position.  He was invited by the college to speak to the students about being a Christian in business and also to spend time with the school’s business and economics majors.  He was also a rather large donor to the college.

One of my friends, an economics major, attended one of this man’s lectures with the Business and Economics department.  It turned out that the particular form of investments this Christian business man headed up for Goldman Sachs involved usury, and so my friend asked him how he squared the biblical prohibition on usury with his business practices.  The man responded that in his personal life he holds to the prohibition.  “So you leave your bible at home when you go to work?” my friend retorted.

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GOD'S ECONOMY - Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveWe’re giving away 2 copies of

God’s Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel.
By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
Paperback: Zondervan, 2009.

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404778: Ronnie Wilson"s Gift

A Review of

Ronnie Wilson’s Gift

By Francis Chan
Hardback: David C. Cook, 2011.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

Raising kids that are not defined by the consumerism of the broader culture is a huge challenge in the Western world today.  Certainly as adults we can see that part of the good news of following Jesus is that we have been set free from the consumerist patterns of the world in which we live.  Our kids will eventually see our non-conformity (or our struggles to follow Jesus in this way) and will undoubtedly have questions.  How do we explain the good news of following Jesus to our young children and how this good news guides us into a life where the resources we have are not for our own satisfaction but for that of the Kingdom?

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“Assessing a Broken System”

A Review of

The Greatest Story Oversold:
Understanding Economic Globalization.

By Stan G. Duncan

Reviewed by Adam P. Newton.


Stan Duncan - Greatest Story OversoldThe Greatest Story Oversold:
Understanding Economic Globalization.

Stan G. Duncan

Paperback: Orbis, 2011.
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Economics isn’t always the most exciting field of study, and when you factor in the charged politics of globalization, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the flood of graphs, charts, statistics, and emotions. Thankfully, the principal strength of this new book by Stan G. Duncan is the clear, accessible language he uses to outline his thesis and corresponding details. The Greatest Story Oversold is a solid, faith-based introduction to the intricacies of modern global capitalism, with specific attention being given to how this system has created such a profoundly divergent set of winners and losers.

From the outset, Duncan is upfront with his biases, and such blatant openness is refreshing and welcoming, as it allows the reader to not feel like he or she has just cracked open a graduate-level text in macroeconomic theory. It’s plain to see that Duncan comes from the Christian faith, that he’s comfortable with the language of the Church and the Economics, and that he thinks the system is broken. To put a finer point on it, it’s obvious that the author is a progressive activist who seeks to educate and mobilize like-minded believers who are aware that something is wrong in the world, but aren’t clear on the details.

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A Review of

Toward a Truly Free Market:
A Distributist Perspective on the Role of
Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More
.
John Médaille.
Hardback: ISI Books, 2010.
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Reviewed by Sara Sterley.

I first heard about distributism a few years ago as I was reading something about peak oil and “the end of the world as we know it.” Distributism is a third-way economic philosophy articulated by Pope Leo XIII and more recently popularized and rediscovered by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc whose aim is to disperse property (and, therefore, power) as widely as possible among the populace. It is often accused of being redistributive and socialistic, but, more accurately, it proposes to minimize wealth disparities not by force, but by creating systems that foster fairness and equality.

From my very limited research on the topic at the time, John Médaille, an author and adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, seems to be the resident expert on distributism. He runs The Distributist Review and has written several publications on the topic. When I heard rumblings about his latest book, Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More, I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy.

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