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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715783
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended for anyone looking for community living alternatives, regardless of age.
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The book explains the variety of communities on the spectrum from income-sharing communes, to ecovillages, to co-housing, to Christian communities.
Martha Harris
The book is organized well enough with great titles so areas that simply don't apply to you can be easily skipped or skimmed.
Josh Rich

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Martha Harris on July 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
To me, Finding Community was even more useful and entertaining than Diana Leafe Christian's previous book, Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities. It is full of inside information and tips for those of us interested in the possibility of joining an intentional community. The book is also witty and highly entertaining, with lots of anecdotes from specific communities. The book explains the variety of communities on the spectrum from income-sharing communes, to ecovillages, to co-housing, to Christian communities. It de-mystifies the financial issues and also the process of applying and actually joining. Particularly valuable to me, in light of global warming and peak oil, were the forward by Richard Heinberg and the appendix on ecovillages as lifeboat communities after the oil crash.
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Environmental issues are becoming more urgent and more prominent with each passing year. More and more members of the general public are trying to live 'eco-friendly' lifestyles. For many, this includes living in eco-villages or communities of like-minded people. "Finding community: How To Join An Ecovillage Or Intentional Community by environmental activist Diana Leafe Christian is, quite literally, a 'how to' manual of instructions, case studies, anecdotes and information about life in an eco-village and becoming a member of a eco-friendly community. Of special note is a North American 'What It Costs' table coving both the United States and Canada and such issues as questions to be asked of community members and oneself, signs of a healthy (and not-so-healthy) community, the costs of joining and staying in a community, as common blunders to be avoided. Enhanced with sample community membership documents and an essay 'Can Living in Community Make a Difference in the Age of Peak Oil?', "Finding Community" should be considered a 'must read' by every environmentally conscious and conscientious man and woman in North America, as well as an essential addition to school and community library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Feral Puma on May 19, 2010
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If you feel that the world is crumbling all around you into chaos and feel that you absolutely must escape from the city, then this is the book that you need to read. It's definitely a sound introduction to ecovillages, communes, and intentional communities. Whether you are a "cultural creative" or someone seeking "voluntary simplicity," if you're ready to move now to one then you should, don't wait any longer just join the wave. With that said, I still feel that you will fare much, much better if you read this first and go tomorrow, as opposed to not reading it and going today. I hope that made sense. With this book in hand you should have just enough head knowledge in order to make your dreams a reality. It'll help you understand the different types of communities that are out there, and will help you to understand that you will fit better into certain types of them instead of just "whatever's closest." But for those who are already familiar with ICs and ecovillages, I'd say there are probably better books out there for you. All in all, I found Finding Community to be a solid introduction to the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Davis on December 13, 2010
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As one who last toured communities in the 70's (think Koinonia Farms in GA, Reba Place in IL, Bruderhof in PA, etc.), I found this re-introduction to the communitarian way very welcoming to this newly re-invigorated yet clueless sojourner--clueless, that is, regarding the ins and outs of community living today..., 30+ years later. Appropriately sobering and provocative of honest soul-searching, this is a valuable resource whether or not one chooses to live in an intentional community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh Rich on November 14, 2014
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Covered the information well, including topics I had never even considered to such depth that I realized they were deal makers or breakers for me. The book is organized well enough with great titles so areas that simply don't apply to you can be easily skipped or skimmed. This book is a must have for anybody looking at joining or is just curious about living in an intentional community.
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