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How Much is Enough? Paperback – February 1, 2003
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"This is one of the easiest books you will ever read-and one of the most difficult. Though there is not a word here that will be unintelligible to anyone, the challenge that Art Simon presents to every reader will leave you gasping for breath at times and at other times may prompt you to hurl the book across the room. Within the context of the United States of America at the beginning of the twenty-first century, this book may even strike some as a kind of obscenity-how dare he speak to us this way? It is, in fact, a sign of contradiction for our age, the very thing we don't want to know about, the only way that can bring us peace."
Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, and Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus
"Direct, concrete, deeply rooted, and compelling."
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Art Simon deepens our trust in God's bountiful grace and thereby empowers us to apportion our wealth more openhandedly. Share this book with everyone you know-the world can't wait for justice!"
Marva J. Dawn, author of Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society
"Art Simon invites us to a new way of living that, freed from the shackles of consumption, is the way of gratitude and generosity. And he leaves it up to each of us to think through, and pray through, exactly what that means for us."
Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief, First Things
"Superb. The distilled wisdom of a lifetime of faithful obedience and creative leadership. If American Christians would truly read and understand this powerfully simple book, the result would be a cascading abundance of joy and justice."
Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action
Arthur Simon is founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World and author of The Politics of World Hunger, Bread for the World, and Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God's World.
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*"Nelson Rockefeller, an heir to the Rockefeller fortune, was once asked, 'How much is enough?' Rockefeller paused for a moment, smiled and replied, 'Just a little bit more.'" (p. 111)
*Gerald Straub, whose book The Sun & Moon Over Assisi: A Personal Encounter with Francis & Clare was named the best spirituality hardcover book of 2001 by the Catholic Press Association, "on pilgrimage in Italy, stayed for a few days in a hermitage that St. Francis frequented for solitude. He almost panicked trying to adjust to his cramped cell. Then he learned that the other cells were even smaller. 'Suddenly,' he writes, 'this small room seems like a suite.'" (p. 115)
This book on "both the cost and the joy of discipleship" will find various people in various places on their journeys. For me, the pages with the greatest impact are found in Chapter 8: Faces of Affluence (Consumerism, Capitalism, The Moral Ambiguity of Affluence, Those Left Behind.) If the sentence "For all the good it can do... free enterprise capitalism has grave defects" sets your teeth on edge, this book may be problematic for you. For the author goes on to say, "Capitalism... is good at generating wealth, not so good at spreading it around. A related defect is that free enterprise does not distinguish between selling Bibles and selling drugs or sex... To achieve public justice, free enterprise, like the urge to consume, needs to be tamed and guided." (pp. 104-105).
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Maybe a good book for the very religious and the message is admirable. But this is a very wordy book. The second half is better than the first and is a bit more real. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by P. A. Pierce
Gives many ideas to reflect upon as it shows how much Christians are influenced by our culture and it highlights how the Gospel calls us to live. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Jacqueline Griswold
Simon offers challenge after challenge for me to reflect on how I live in our consumer culture as a Christian and how I have to change my ways. Much food for thought and prayer. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by James F. Powers
Only we can say for ourselves what is enough. Living a modest life and being able to give of your expendable resources to others is more satisfing then anything you could ever do. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Judy Waldo