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Books and Articles:

  • Cox, Harvey. "The Market as God" The Atlantic. March 1999. Found online November 25, 2001.

  • Daly, Herman E. and John Cobb Jr. For the Common Good: redirecting the economy toward community, the environment, and a sustainable future. Beacon Press, Massachusetts. 1994.

  • Esteva, Gustavo and Madhu Suri Prakash. Grassroots post-modernism: remaking the soil of cultures. Zed Books, New York. 1998.

  • "Globalization of Ben and Jerry's", The. Found on the Web December 1. 2001.

  • Harris, B.J. "Green Shopping on the web" GreenMoney Journal, October/November 2001 Found on the Web December 1. 2001.

  • Martindale, Cyril. "Christmas," New Advent. Found online on December 1, 2001

  • Monbiot, George, "Backyard Terrorism" The Guardian. Manchester, UK. October 20, 2001 Found online on December 1. 2001.

  • "Pro-Local Revolutionaries." Utne Reader. November-December 2001, No 108. p 68-77.

  • Restad, Penne. Christmas in America: A History. Oxford University Press. 1995.

  • Rosenblatt, Roger. Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, and the Pursuit of Happiness ff

  • Turney, Kelly ed.Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God's Grace in the an Inclusive Church. Reconciling Congregation Program, Chicago. 2000.

  • Sharp, Gene. The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part two The Methods of Nonviolent Action. Extending Horizons Books, Porter Sargent Publishers. Boston, MA. 1973.

  • Warren, Michael. Seeing though The Media: A Religious View of Communications and Cultural Analysis. Trinity Press International, Harrisburg, PN. 1997.

  • Willjasper, Jay. "Another World is Possible." Utne Reader. November-December 2001, No 108. p. 64-67
  • Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold. This novel is one of the founding books on conservation. This would be a great book for a book study.
  • Shopping for a Better World - This is an easy-to-use guide for socially responsible shopping. Organized by product and company. Rates manufacturers and service providers by: 13 areas of environmental performance; charitable giving; three areas of community impact; women’s and racial-ethnic advancement in the firm; family benefits; quality of workplace; public disclosure of information. $14.00 Produced by The Council on Economic Priorities, 30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003. 212-420-1133. Fax: 212-420-0988.
  • The Circle of Simplicity Return to the Good Life, by Cecile Andrews
  • Treasury of Celebrations Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don't Cost the Earth, Carolyn Pogue, compiler
  • Hands Around the World 365 Ways to build cultural awareness and global respect, by Susan Milford
  • Downscaling Simplify and Enrich Your Lifestyle, by Dave and Kathy Babbitt
  • How Much is Enough? The consumer society and the future of the earth., by Alan Durning
  • Unplug the Christmas Machine, by Jo Robinson & Jean Coppock Staeheli.
  • Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity, by Ronald J. Sider.
  • How to Rescue the Earth without Worshiping Nature: A Christian Call to Save Creation. by Tony Campolo. This book could be a good resource tool for developing a curriculum for a church group.
  • Sourcebook for Earth's Community of Religions.This work is a resource of resources. It comes highly recommended for ecumenical action in the areas of Natural, Social, Cultural.


  • Liberating the Future: God, Mammon, and Theology. ed Joery Rieger. This book is especially helpful as a resource is 3 & 4 by John Cobb jr.
  • Daly, Herman E. and John Cobb Jr. For the Common Good: redirecting the economy toward community, the environment, and a sustainable future. Beacon Press, Massachusetts. 1994.

  • God the Economist by Douglas Meeks.
  • Foster, Richard, J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. HarperSanFranciso. 1998.
  • Beyond poverty and Affluence: Towards an Economy of Care. by Bob Goudzwaard
  • Moral Fragments & Moral Community: a Proposal for Church in Society. by Larry L. Rasmussen.
  • Super, Natural Christians: How we can love nature. by Sallie McFague.
  • Suchocki, Marjorie Hewitt. God Christ Church: A Practical Guide to Process Theology. Crossroads, New York. 1982, 1995
  • Rasmussen, Larry L. Moral Fragments & Moral Community: a Proposal for Church in Society. Fortress Press, Minneapolis.1993.
  • Wink, Walter. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination. Fortress Press, Minneapolis. 1992.

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Consumerism and Simplicity (specific)

  • Andrew, Cecile.  Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life.   Harper Collins 1997. Offers a thorough critique of consumer culture, down-to-earth suggestions for discovering ways to simplify daily life, the ways in which study circles can help you simplify your life and find community. 

  • Clapp, Rodney (ed.) The Consuming Passion: Christianity and the of Culture Consumption. Intervarsity 1998.  Concerned that nothing may influence and affect the faith of Christians in Western "developed"  world so much as consumerism, Clapp has brought together articles showing how people of faith  might best respond to this reality. 

  • DeGrote-Sorensen, Barbara and David Allen Sorensen. Six Weeks to a Simpler Lifestyle. Augsburg  Fortress Press 1994. Uses surveys, reflection on Scripture, journaling exercises, and action steps to move persons  gently but deliberately toward a simpler, more satisfying life.

  • Dominguez, Joe and Vicki Robin.  Your Money or Your Life.  Penguin Books 1992.  Gives step-by-step program for reducing spending and living more fully.  Study guides are also available to facilitate a group study of the book. 

  • Durning, Alan.  How Much is Enough?  The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth.  Norton 1992.  A meticulously researched look at how much we consume and why it isn‚t making us any happier.

  • Elgin, Duane.  Voluntary Simplicity.  Quill 1993.  Emerging from a concern for the environmental consequences of our mass consumption lifestyle, this book exhorts us to save the planet and our souls by „living with balance in order to find a life of greater purpose.

  • Foster, Richard.  Freedom of Simplicity.  Harper & Row 1989.  Reminds us how we can change our lives and the world for the better by learning to live in harmony with the rich complexity of life and by rediscovering the simplicity of prayer, solitude, and all the ancient Christian disciplines. 

  • Longacre, Doris Janzen.  Living More with Less.  Herald Press 1980.  Offers a pattern of living with less and numerous practical suggestions from the worldwide experiences of Mennonites.  A study/action guide is also available.  (Both available in CEME)

  • Luhrs, Janet.  The Simple Living Guide.  Broadway Books 1997.  This sourcebook for less stressful and more joyful living includes sections on how to find more fulfillment in money, work, family, and celebrations, as well as how to find cheaper housing and cut the clutter out of life.

  • McDaniel Jay. Living From the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism. Chalice Press, St. Louis Missouri, 2000.

  • Schut, Michael (ed.)  Simpler Living, Compassionate Life.  Earth Ministry 1999.  A collection of essays from more than twenty respected authors (including Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, and Cecile Andrews), which explore voluntary simplicity as a path to wholeness and abundant living.  Includes curricular material to make it an effective study guide for groups.

  • Sider, Ronald.  Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.  Word Books 1997.  Explains that poverty is the result of complex causes, and presents practical, workable proposals for change. 

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Study Guides

  • Green Guidance: How to plan environmentally Responsible Events.Office of Environmental Justice, Women's Division of General Board of Global Ministries. Second edition 2000
  • Kauffman, Julie and Dave Schrock-Shenk.  Trek: Venture into a World of Enough.  Mennonite Central Committee.  A twenty-eight day journey of reflections on scripture and individuals‚ stories, and experiences that explores the question, „What is enough?

  • Who Is My Neighbor?  Economics as if Values Matter.  Wallis, Jim and Bob Hulteen, eds.. Sojourners  1994.  A collection of articles divided into nine sessions which examine economic issues and explore how we can create structures that provide for all people.

  •  Food, Faith, and Sustainability:  Environmental, Spiritual, Community, and Social Justice Implications of the Gift of Daily Bread.  Schut, Michael, ed. Earth Ministry 1997. This book/curriculum focuses on the enjoyment of food, on our food choices as a dimension of Christian spirituality, on the ways in which eating connects us to the land and to each other, and on the responsibilities of eating as they relate to the economic, environmental, and cultural implications of our daily food choices

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  • Adbusters.  1243 West 7th Avenue,  Vancouver, B.  C.  V6H 1B7 Canada.  (604) 736-9401.  This quarterly magazine is loaded with interesting articles and hilarious subvertisements that poke fun at our material world.

  • Living Cheap News.  7232 Bellevue,  Kansas City, MO  64114.  (816) 523-3161.  How-to type newsletter includes product and book reviews, money-saving tips and more.

  • Money-Saving Matters.  46  Park Avenue, Medford, MA  02155.  (617) 396-2075.  Monthly six-page newsletter to support and give tips to people who are trying to live more frugally and sustainably.

  • Simple Living.  Simple Living Press, 2319 N.  45th Street, Box 149, Seattle, WA  98103.  (206) 464-4800.  Quarterly publication geared for those who want to know more about how to simplify their lives.

  • World Watch.  PO Box 97108, Washington D.  C.  20077-7799.  (800) 555-2028.  Excellent source of information on worldwide sustainability issues.

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Created December 7, 2001
Last Updated:  July 17, 2006

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