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In this provocative book, Will Davis Jr. challenges us to discover the peace that comes through contentment with what we have and compassion for those in need. Through surprising statistics, ...
In this provocative book, Will Davis Jr. challenges us to discover the peace that comes through contentment with what we have and compassion for those in need. Through surprising statistics, scriptural insight, and powerful real-life stories, Davis shows us the rewards of living with less in order to be more and do more with our lives.
If you want to pursue a life that truly satisfies, read on.
"Enough challenges the status quo pursuit of the American dream, which has produced less-than-stellar results. If your goal is actually feeling wealthy, secure, and as though you finally have enough, then Will's book is a must-read!"--John Burke, author of No Perfect People Allowed
"If you've ever been guilty of searching for enough in all the wrong places (ahem, like me!), I dare you to read this book. Be warned that it will make you squirm in places, but in a good way--a very good way."--Vicki Courtney, author of 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter
"I am so thankful for this book. I have been thinking about downsizing my lifestyle and freeing myself from the maintenance of too much accumulated stuff! After reading Will's book, I am convicted to actually do it."--Nancy Turner, host of This Is the Day for Moody Radio
"As usual, Will Davis Jr. has challenged me at a deep level. I am truly inspired to rethink my perspective on working, money, and the pursuit of the American dream. I highly recommend Enough for every American!"--Debbie Chavez, talk show host at www.faithplace.org; women's conference speaker
Will Davis Jr. (DMin, Southwestern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Texas. He is the author of Pray Big, 10 Things Jesus Never Said, and several other books. An avid hiker, mountain climber, and water-skier, Davis and his wife, Susie, have three children and live in Austin, Texas.
Section 1 Enough Is Enough
1 How Much Is Enough? 19
2 The Oldest Trick in the Book 33
3 Finding Your Enough 41
Section 2 More Than Enough
4 Perspective 53
5 Smog 73
6 Thorns 87
7 Barns 101
Section 3 Less Than Enough
8 Rich Man/Poor Man 115
9 What Does the Lord Require? 131
Section 4 Moving Toward Enough
10 World-Class Christianity 143
11 What's in Your Wallet? 163
12 Birds and Bees 171
13 How to Be an Upper Room Christian 187
Section 5 Less Is More
14 "Less" Thinking 197
15 "Less" Potential 205
16 "Less" Adventure 215
Posted August 15, 2012
Unfortunately Davis holds the over privileged point of view that some
people are "blessed by God" with more and others just happen
to be poor. Not so and not very Christian. This book staunchly refuses
to examine the systemic nature of poverty. People are not poor - people
are MADE POOR by others and by unjust economic systems. When some have
too much it is because they have profited from a system that benefits
some at the expense of others. There is enough to go around. God does
not make unfair economic systems, discrimination and food policies -
people do. We, who hold too much, are morally and ethically culpable if
we do not ask the underlying question, "What are the causes of
poverty?" The answer is complex, but we detest even asking the
question - because then we would see how we have unfairly profited from
the unearned and inherited benefits of privilege. I expected more from
an educated Christian pastor claiming to look critically at our culture
of consumption and consumerism. Certainly there is plenty out there to
read about the systemic nature of poverty. This book is another example
of moral poverty. Enough!
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Posted August 1, 2012
There are a few books that you'll read in your lifetime that will have a lasting impression and affect real change in your day-to-day living – Enough is one of them. While I read most books by Will Davis, Jr., this one spoke the loudest to me.
Most of us will go through life never coming face-to-face with real poverty – never knowing what it's like to not have enough. Most of us have been blessed with far beyond what we really need to survive, and yet, we spend so much time complaining about what we don't have and still have the nerve to ask for more. Enter Enough. Once you open the cover of this book, you better be ready for real life change. It will open your eyes to the world around you and make you see and appreciate all that God has given you. But it doesn't stop there – you will also start to see your resources, your income and your time as opportunities to bless and serve others. Have you ever wondered why God has given you more than enough? He expects us to be good stewards of our gifts and use them to serve those who have less than enough. After all, everything that we have is really God's – not our own.
In his book, Will redefines what "enough" actually is. He provides a healthy dose of perspective in making us examine our own resources in comparison to those of the rest of the world. And then he lowers the boom by making you ask yourself the harrowing question, "where does my treasure lie?" If you're like me, your monthly credit card statement probably reveals that you spend more time eating out and shopping than meeting the needs of those around you. Will goes out of his way to point out that there's nothing wrong with having more than enough – God has blessed you with those gifts. But how will you use them? Will you choose to buy a flashy car, keep up with the latest fashion trends or upgrade your living situation or will you put food on the table for a needy family, fund a mission trip or change the life of someone who really needs help? The possibilities are endless, and you'll get far more fulfillment from the latter.
I'll be honest: parts of this book are hard to read because you may realize that you're not living in accordance with God's will, and it's hard to want to live selflessly – it goes completely against our culture and way of life. But it's worth it. Enough has changed the way I view my financial situation, and I encourage everyone to take the challenge of living with less.
Posted July 25, 2012
I really loved reading this book. Pastor Will Davis Jr. really applied the biblical principles of what is "enough" in a way that hit home and was practical in my daily life. I am truly grateful for what I have and even more inspired to share the extra. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2012
The book Enough is for Christians, in America in particular, that really have more than enough (even the ones that think they don't). The book talks about, and provides very useful and practical tips on, what to do with the extra that we are blessed with. By learning to be content with enough God is able to use the resources he's provided us to help those without enough. In the process we learn that by not striving for we end up much more content in our relationships and life in general.
It doesn't make money or having nice things out to be a sin - all good things come from above after all. What it does though is show that our extra stuff can be better utilized. Rather than filling our life with material things and the pursuit of more material things we instead live with our hands and hearts open to the needs of those around us.
Easily readable and engaging book - highly recommended!
Posted July 9, 2012
ENOUGH Finding More by Living With Less is not your usual "less is more" philosophy book. Will Davis Jr. gently picks apart the nagging discontent that causes us to place our own idea of what is ENOUGH on a sliding scale, and solidly grounds us in a Biblical reality that calls for faith and flexibility. By examining the foundations of our cracked reasoning, he demonstrates how to enter God's rest. I especially appreciated Davis's chapter's 9, What does the Lord Require? And 10, World Class Christianity. Lest you think "enough" only applies to your financial resources, these chapters explain in detail that you can very well serve God in the day to day, and that you ought to be flexible and prepared to do so at any time. These chapters were comforting to me.
I have read the book over a few times and I know that some people (maybe most people) will focus in on income. I'd like to point out the detail and care with which Davis addresses your OTHER resources and the subject of justice and usage of time. As someone with a chronic illness, of course I have concerns about my pocketbook; however, more valuable to me is my time, my energy and the days I have when the pain is not too bad. How to steward that? Everyone disagrees and you'd be surprised who has an opinion on the matter. I was pleased that this book addressed the topic of suffering and sacrifice. I understand the principles behind the writing in this book and I think Will Davis Jr. has hit it dead on.
Even so, as I reflected on how I have stewarded what God had given into my care lately, I was ashamed. We are making changes in my household, and no doubt they will be different from yours. I want to be ready so that if there is a knock at my door I can welcome anyone up to my upper room (or, I guess it would have to be my pool patio). I do not know what the God intends to do with me, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord