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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.
"Living More with Less 30th Anniversary Edition collects the wisdom and experience of those who live with less than a consumer culture says we need. With stories, reflections, and advice from people around the world who are making changes to their daily habits in response to climate change and global poverty, Living More with Less 30th Anniversary Edition is a vibrant collection of testimonies, old and new, of those who are discovering the joy of living with enough."
—Valerie Weaver-Zercher, editor
Check out the article "Living More with Less: An Idea Whose Time Has Come Again" at Publishers WeeklyEndorsements
"This book was decades ahead of its time, and is just as relevant today as it was thirty years ago . . . It is like a cookbook for life."
—Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, speaker, and activist
"This message is even more important than it was thirty years ago . . . Herein lies sound advice for living sensibly."
—Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"This timely revised and updated edition is exceptionally wise, urgently necessary for the sake of saving our planet, pertinently and personally practical . . . Who could not but rave about this book!"
—Marva Dawn, author of Unfettered Hope; Being Well When We're Ill; and Keeping the Sabbath Wholly
"Living More with Less is about a way of living rooted in the Christian faith . .. . Our planet is groaning and we desperately need the kind of thoughtful essays and tips in this book to show us the way forward."
—Ron Sider, founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action
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About the Author
She taught home economics at Hesston Academy and College from 1961–63 and served along with her family in Mennonite Central Committee ssignments in Vietnam from 1964–67 and in Indonesia from 1971–72.
Doris was chairperson of the Akron Mennonite Church from 1973–76, member of the Board of Overseers of Goshen Biblical Seminary from 1976–79, and a frequent speaker and worship leader at church conferences in Canada and the United States.
In 1976 she compiled the More-with-Less Cookbook, which has become a household item for persons wanting to cook more responsibly in light of world food needs. Her next book, Living More with Less, was published in 1980, after her death, from cancer, in 1979. She was 39 years old.
Valerie Weaver-Zercher is a writer and editor in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orion, Sojourners, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Publishers Weekly, and The Mennonite, among others. She is a contributing editor at Sojourners and a book reviewer for The Christian Century.
Weaver-Zercher’s writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and receives special mention in the 33rd Pushcart anthology, and she received a 2009 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Weaver-Zercher does copyediting and editorial development for a variety of publishers. She has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University.
Weaver-Zercher was born in Shirati, Tanzania, where her parents worked with Eastern Mennonite Missions. She and her husband David and three children attend Slate Hill Mennonite Church. The Weaver-Zerchers spent a year working with Mennonite Central Committee in Hindman, Kentucky.