Year of Plenty Paperback
One Suburban Family, Four Rules and 365 Days of Homegrown Adventure in Pursuit of Christian Living
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Year of Plenty
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This humorous yet profound book comes at just the right time for North American Christians, who are eager to engage the growing interest in the environmental movement and the quandaries of modern consumer culture. It speaks also to the growing legions of the "spiritual but not religious" who long for ways to connect heaven and earth in their daily lives.
"Craig Goodwin invites us into a life of paying attention. This is an experiment in God's ordinary: life centered in relationship, lived in a physical world of spiritual meaning, and expressed in daily acts of attentiveness that are unhooked from patterns that degrade us and imperil the world. It turns out to be a wonderful and complicating adventure. Free from grandiosity, sentimentality, or ideology, this book tells its story with captivating humanity and motivating honesty." - Mark Labberton Director, Ogilvie Institute for Preaching, Author of 'The Dangerous Act of Worship'.
"As someone who had gotten good at resisting grumpy calls to reject our consumerist culture, I found this book delightfully refreshing and compelling. Craig Goodwin describes an experiment in 'familial art'-a creative effort to seek out new and very practical experiments living as more faithful stewardship of the earth's resources. I haven't started raising chickens or making homemade butter (yet!) after reading this wonderful book-but I have learned some profound lessons." - Richard J. Mouw President and Professor of Christian Philosophy Fuller Theological Seminary.
"Many clergy and other church leaders ask for examples of how and where missional work is actually taking place. Here is a leader faithfully engaging this work in a practical, local, on-the-ground way that leads to new expressions of church in mission. This is the kind of story about a church-in-process we need to hear." - Alan J. Roxburgh, Founder of the Missional Network, Author of 'The Missional Leader'.
"I heartily recommend Goodwin's charming, thoughtful, and extremely funny book. With remarkable insight and refreshing humility, Craig Goodwin takes us with him and his family as they learn who and what is behind the things we so often thoughtlessly purchase. Goodwin reminds us how much of community and life we have sacrificed in the name of convenience and low price. Through engaging narrative he skillfully integrates lessons on faith, life, and God, integrating the spiritual with the material and the local with the global. This is an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about our role as Christians in taking care of and enjoying God's creation." - Scott Sabin, Executive Director, Plant With Purpose, Author of 'Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God's People', Review in Eco-Journey.
Year of Plenty by Craig Goodwin was published by Augsburg Publishers/Alban Books in February 2011 and is our 54729th best seller. The ISBN for Year of Plenty is 9781451400748.
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Year of PlentyMelanie Carroll, via The Good Book Stall
Though this book is very much an American experience of doing the Urban Good Life – i.e. choosing to spend a year living local and home-grown – it is still an interesting book and given the rise in urban gardening and recycling and a subtle shift to eco-community life over the past few years here in the UK this book could well be of interest to those looking at the possibility of making a change in their own lives.
One of the strong themes to come out of this book is how when we return to a more community centred and locally lived life we strengthen not only ourselves but the whole of our community, how when we learn to use what we have better we learn to let go more and to share more, we learn to give of ourselves and how in turn this creates a stronger community and a deeper, richer faith. A wonderful antidote to the consumer culture that even seems to intrude into our faith.
Anyone interested in a more back to community, eco sustainable and renewable life, with leanings towards the new monastic movements or living a life of radical ordinariness will probably find a lot to interest them and spark some ideas from this book.
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|Author / Artist||Craig Goodwin|
|Publisher||Augsburg Publishers/Alban Books (February 2011)|
|Number of Pages||224|
|Page last updated||30th November 2017|