Living More with Less 30th Anniversary Editionby Doris Janzen Longacre
In 1980, before living simply and "green" became trendy and popular, Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the enormously popular More-with-Less Cookbook (over 900,000 sold), wrote Living More with Less, a practical guide for living in simple, sustainable, and healthy ways-ways that keep the future of the planet, and the plight of poor people, in mind./em>/em>
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In 1980, before living simply and "green" became trendy and popular, Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the enormously popular More-with-Less Cookbook (over 900,000 sold), wrote Living More with Less, a practical guide for living in simple, sustainable, and healthy ways-ways that keep the future of the planet, and the plight of poor people, in mind.
Thirty years later, Living More with Less 30th Anniversary Edition is being released as a way to celebrate and honor Longacre's foresight and vision, and to pass on her vision for simple and sustainable living to a new generation.
Revised and updated by Valerie Weaver-Zercher, this 30th anniversary edition is true to author Doris' spirit of living in ways that keeps poor people, God's creation and each other in mind-and is loaded with new and practical tips in areas such as money, travel, clothing, housing, celebrations and recreation.
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In 1980, before "sustainable living" and "green" became trendy buzz-words, Doris Janzen Longacre wrote Living More with Less as a practical guide for a simple and healthy lifestyle with the future of the planet and the plight of mankind in mind. It isn't a book written to make one feel guilty for having more than those in third-world countries, but rather helps the reader determine what responsible living can look like. When those of us who have much choose to live more simply and not waste the resources at our disposal, it can create a ripple effect that helps those who are in need. Whether it be how we obtain our food, what energy sources we use, or even how we dispose of trash, it all makes a difference. The book is divided into three sections: The Legacy of Living More with Less, The Life Standards, and Living Testimonies (essays from various authors about their own experiences of adopting a "more with less" lifestyle). It was this last section that was most interesting to me, addressing the topics of money and stewardship, homes and homekeeping; gardens, farms, and markets; cooking and eating, clothes and bodies, technology and media, churches, strengthening each other and organizing communities, among others. I enjoyed the section on homekeeping in which the author challenges the reader to consider what is most important - making a home pretty or making it functional according to the needs of the occupants. She doesn't suggest that pretty doesn't have a place but rather points out that if that is the starting place, then we end up at the mercy of the magazines instead of first asking who we are as a family and what is the purpose of each room. Then, the decorative choices can be made with sustainability, the environment, finances, and functionality in mind. I like this book for the perspective it gives without being preachy. The authors simply pose the questions we all need to consider and then, with some practical tips included, we can develop a plan for simpler living according to our own convictions, lifestyles, and resources. It will look different for each of us, and while I'm not willing to go to some of the extremes presented as examples in the book, it does serve as a springboard for thinking through the process. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review requred.
Good advice and good theology
The first 50 pages of this sample are essays on the original. I've heard good things about this book, but I'd have preferred a sample of the actual book. Opting to try and get it from inter-library loan instead.