Year Of Plenty

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In 2008, Pastor Craig Goodwin and his young family embarked on a year-long experiment to consume only what was local, used, homegrown, or homemade. In Year of Plenty, Goodwin shares the winsome story of how an average suburban family stumbled onto the cultural cutting edge of locavores, backyard chickens, farmers markets, simple living, and going green. More than that, it is the timely tale of Christians exploring the intersections of faith, environment, and everyday life.

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Overview

In 2008, Pastor Craig Goodwin and his young family embarked on a year-long experiment to consume only what was local, used, homegrown, or homemade. In Year of Plenty, Goodwin shares the winsome story of how an average suburban family stumbled onto the cultural cutting edge of locavores, backyard chickens, farmers markets, simple living, and going green. More than that, it is the timely tale of Christians exploring the intersections of faith, environment, and everyday life.

This humorous yet profound book comes at just the right time for North American Christians, who are eager to engage the growing interest in the environmental movement and the quandaries of modern consumer culture. It speaks also to the growing legions of the "spiritual but not religious" who long for ways to connect heaven and earth in their daily lives.

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"Craig Goodwin invites us into a life of paying attention. This is an experiment in God's ordinary: life centered in relationship, lived in a physical world of spiritual meaning, and expressed in daily acts of attentiveness that are unhooked from patterns that degrade us and imperil the world. It turns out to be a wonderful and complicating adventure. Free from grandiosity, sentimentality, or ideology, this book tells its story with captivating humanity and motivating honesty."
-Mark Labberton Director, Ogilvie Institute for Preaching Fuller Theological Seminary Author of The Dangerous Act of Worship

"As someone who had gotten good at resisting grumpy calls to reject our consumerist culture, I found this book delightfully refreshing and compelling. Craig Goodwin describes an experiment in 'familial art'-a creative effort to seek out new and very practical experiments living as more faithful stewardship of the earth's resources. I haven't started raising chickens or making homemade butter (yet!) after reading this wonderful book-but I have learned some profound lessons."
-Richard J. Mouw President and Professor of Christian Philosophy Fuller Theological Seminary

"Many clergy and other church leaders ask for examples of how and where missional work is actually taking place. Here is a leader faithfully engaging this work in a practical, local, on-the-ground way that leads to new expressions of church in mission. This is the kind of story about a church-in-process we need to hear."
-Alan J. Roxburgh Founder of the Missional Network Author of The Missional Leader Adjunct Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary

"I heartily recommend Goodwin's charming, thoughtful, and extremely funny book. With remarkable insight and refreshing humility, Craig Goodwin takes us with him and his family as they learn who and what is behind the things we so often thoughtlessly purchase. Goodwin reminds us how much of community and life we have sacrificed in the name of convenience and low price. Through engaging narrative he skillfully integrates lessons on faith, life, and God, integrating the spiritual with the material and the local with the global. This is an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about our role as Christians in taking care of and enjoying God's creation."
-Scott Sabin Executive Director, Plant With Purpose Author of Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God's People

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Publishers Weekly
Yes, another "I did this for a year" tale. Goodwin, a Presbyterian pastor, brings a pleasant voice to the blog-to-book formula as he does something not unique, but well worth doing. He and his family go locavore and green, consuming for a year only things local, used, homegrown, or homemade. It's difficult – they live in suburban Spokane, where pantry basics like sugar aren't local. They tear up the lawn for a garden, raise chickens, and learn to preserve their food. It's frustrating, profoundly educational, and for the pastor-author and his family, including two young children, deeply spiritual, offering opportunities aplenty to practice resurrection from thoughtless habits. Agrarian theologian Wendell Berry, who first wrote of "practicing resurrection," is in the book far too much, as Goodwin acknowledges. But this little book cheerfully demonstrates to suburban Joes and Joans that sustainable consumption is doable. It also honors God's earth. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451400748
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2011
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 228,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword written Eugene Peterson ix

1 The Winter of Our Discontent 1

Section I Winter 19

2 Food with a Face on It 24

3 A Beautiful Catastrophe 36

4 Reading the Signs 47

Section II Spring 61

5 This Commodified Life 65

6 The Kingdom of God Is Like a Farmers' Market 76

7 Bringing Down the World Economy 90

8 Close Encounters of the Gardening Kind 107

Section III Summer 121

9 Master Food Preserver/Master of Divinity 125

10 Chicken Dignity 139

Section IV Autumn 153

11 Green Christians 156

12 Thailand and Global Economics 169

13 A New Year 182

14 A Little Life 190

Notes 200

Appendix A A Brief Explanation of My Obsession with Wendell Berry 206

Appendix B Plant with Purpose 207

Appendix C How to Turn Your Lawn into a Vegetable Garden and Other Random Gardening Advice 209

Appendix D How to Raise Chickens in Your Backyard 213

Appendix E The Basics of Home Food Preservation 217

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Very Inspiring! Highly recommended!

    This book left me wanting to read more about the very personal account of Craig, his wife Nancy and their two young daughters. They did a year long experiment where they consumed only home grown, locally grown,used or purchased from Thailand. Year of Plenty will leave you thinking long after you turn the last page. I want to follow their lead. I think I'll start by growing a small vegetable garden!

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