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Living More With Less [Paperback]

By Doris Janzen Longacre (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1980
Publisher   Herald Press
ISBN  0836119304  
EAN  9780836119305  

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The author provides a pattern for living with less and a wealth of pratical suggestions from around the world in chapters on money, clothing, homes, transportation and travel, celebrations, and recreation. In this unique volume of personal testimonies woven together by superbly written, thought provoking introductions, Doris Longacre offers an excellent combination of theory and practice.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Half good  May 22, 2008
The first half is excellent when she talks about simple living. 2nd half is dated and not very useful-plans to build bunk beds, making your own shirts, etc.
a black and white look at living  Aug 22, 2007
I read many reviews before I ordered this book. I particularly read the negative ones and found they were primarily concerned with the fact that this book is written from a Christian worldview. Yes, it is. But, any reader should note who the publisher of the book is--the Mennonite press. But, I am a Christian and I have several concerns about this book. I am not going to recommend it to any of my friends. From the beginning, it is a very black and white look at life. Even to the extent that Longacre identifies her "standards" for living. Implied in the word "standards" is that if you don't meet those standards then you are failing to do right. You must do all you can to meet them! But, that isn't life. And beliefs like that lead to legalism and guilt. And that isn't what I believe Christ preaches in the Bible.

But, my concerns are more than that. I think that several of the contributions are very unbiblical in practice. Several people advocate ways that they have striven to avoid taxes as a way to protest the actions of the government. First, the Bible says to "give to Caesar what is Caesar's". Second, in the Bible, we are told to respect the authorities over us. And third, we are told in the Word not to go bury our treasure in the dirt, but to use the gifts we are given and to glorify God.

Finally, I did not find this book to be encouraging as I had hoped it would be as to ways I can reduce my ecological footprint on the world and make wiser resources of what we have. For any idealist, I think this book would give them much fuel for their fire, but without any grace to accompany it when they fall short of perfection. I do respect the author very much, and the impact she has had on many people through the More with Less Cookbook. Rather than purchasing this book, I would recommend Extending the Table and the More with Less cookbooks. I think they would be much more encouraging.
outdated but still useful  Mar 24, 2004
This book has extremely outdated statistical information about world hunger, basic nutrition, and energy use. It also has an odd antagonism toward America (surely we aren't to look to Japan for non-materialism?). However, it is a good Christian resource for those who seek to live more like "the lilies of the field" and the Good Samaritan. I found the section questioning the extravagance of church buildings and projects the most useful (and as a Lutheran, I prefer my churches with plenty of stained glass and candles!). In today's age of the "megachurch" with dozens of activity rooms and even a coffee bar near the sanctuary, this makes for challenging reading. This book contains more spiritual insight than practical "how-to" information, but is worth reading nonetheless. As stewardship chairman at my church I have found it helpful.
Less is more. For everybody!  Feb 27, 2004
I first read this book in the early 1980s. I still reread it occasionally today, partly for its practical tips (which are more reasonable than the Indianapolis viewer below suggests) but largely because it helps remind me to take a break from materialistic culture. In this book, Doris Janzen Longacre has compiled an anthology of mini-essays on world living. The text is not about the evils of materialism, but rather focuses on how simple living increases the preciousness of everyday life. The stories, and the ideas they suggest, remind us to enjoy experiences and people rather than things. One suggestion, for example, is to have a dinner party in which the food is simple. This helps remind us to have solidarity with our world neighbors, and helps us focus on friendship, not on making an impression through fancy food, wine, and presentation. In postmodern America, nothing could be more refreshing, or more clearly a testament of faith.

This is a humble, unglamorous, life-changing book.
Inspiring, but. . .  Feb 28, 2003
This book is certainly inspiring in that it points out shocking ways in which we consume much more than our neighbors in less wealthy countries. However, I didn't find many practical ways to accomplish frugality that I consider acceptable. One woman's helpful hint is that plain water is generally sufficient to wash oneself as dead skin cells are sloughed off anyway. Another tip begins by saying that this is probably against the law in North America, but in their country, they resterilize disposable syringes hundreds of times and reuse them. I realize the copyright of this book is 1980 and although this tip serves to show us how much we have, I hope no one actually thinks this practice is a good idea. Other areas of interest are directions for making sandals out of rubber tires, using leftover construction materials in your woodburning stove (certainly not treated lumber I hope!), and dumpster diving. A few possibly useful tips include directions on making a comforter out of old blue jeans and recipes for homemade cleaning supplies. Personally, I found a few gems, a little inspiration, and lots of things for the recycle bin. I guess I am too materialistic.

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