- Living More with Less, 30th anniversary edition
- Doris Janzen Longacre
- Revised and edited by Valerie Weaver-Zercher
- © 2010 by Herald Press, Scottsdale, PA 15683
- 244 pp. plus notes, ppbk.
Doris Janzen Longacre wrote the first edition of this book thirty years ago, with a good response from readers. This edition has updated articles and ideas for a lifestyle that can escape the trap of materialism. Jesus called materialism thorns in our souls.
Part One introduces the legacy of Jantzen’s writing and gives a retrospect for today.
Part two, The Life Standards, tells the theology behind living more with less and offers five life standards. Chapters discuss justice, making do, learning from the world community and the importance of nurturing people. One article talks about cherishing the natural order. Jantzen has written on ‘nonconforming freely’—enjoying the life of more with less.
Part Three, called Living Testimonies, discusses our use of money; our homes; home keeping with less; gardens, farms and markets; cooking and eating; clothes and bodies; transportation and travel; recreation; technology and media, and even churches and meetinghouses that embody the principle of living more with less.
A well-written and challenging book.
Reviewed by Geni J. White