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Living More with Less [Paperback]

by Doris Janzen Longacre, Valerie Weaver-Zercher
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November 15, 2010 9780836195217 978-0836195217 30th Anniversary
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 Doris Janzen Longacre's 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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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

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 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



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 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

About the Author

Doris Janzen Longacre was associated with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and its worldwide ministries, In the Name of Christ. She served as dietitian of Hesston College from 1961-1963, as MCC hostess of the Language Study Center in Vietnam from 1964-1967, and in another MCC assignment in Indonesia in 1971-72. Just before completing her second book, Living More with Less, Longacre passed away after a 39-month battle with cancer.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Pr; 30th Anniversary edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780836195217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836195217
  • ASIN: 0836195213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing in 1979, shortly before her untimely death, Doris Janzen Longacre "knew then what many people are just now discovering: living with less can bring more joy and contentment than living with a lot." Unfortunately, in the thirty years that have passed since the first edition of Live More With Less, most of our culture's trends have gone exactly against this philosophy. The go-go years of the 90s and early 00s led only to more and more consumption, larger houses, more clothes (did you know that census data shows Americans bought 75% more clothing in 2005 than in 1995?), and on and on.

With the changed economic climate of the past couple of years, perhaps there is no better time than now to read through and act upon the many good thoughts in this challenging book. Christians in North America especially should find much to ponder, pray about, and then act upon, both personally and as congregational groups.

This edition includes large sections of the 1980 text unchanged, but adds in a large number of essays and comments from Mennonites and others with suggestions for living "more with less" even, or especially, in the 21st century. Here you will find idea starters, suggestions, and examples of how many Christians around the world have been able to "live more with less" and have found great joy and fulfillment in the process.

Definitely something to be considered for anyone seeking to live out their Christian faith winsomely and wisely.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplify life and help the world March 28, 2011
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I remember Doris Janzen Longacre's original volume, published in 1980. At that time I was a young mother who had been raised by frugal parents, so the ideas in this book attracted me. But it's more than a treatise on how to live simply. The author sets forth five life standards by which we should abide. In today's world, the standards call us to heed their guidance more than ever before.

This new version is updated with many contributors' suggestions for living in harmony with our neighbors and creation. The original life standards of Do Justice, Learn from the World Community, Nurture People, Cherish the Natural Order, and Nonconform Freely are expanded and enriched. I think every person can and should find ideas to implement to make our world better. The book contains much information that will prove useful when thinking through changes in lifestyle.

Get a copy for your home and your church library and ask your public library to purchase it too. Living More with Less has the potential to help transform our daily lives, which will then affect the rest of humanity.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Living More with Less
30th anniversary edition
Doris Janzen Longacre
Revised and edited by Valerie Weaver-Zercher
© 2010 by Herald Press, Scottsdale, PA 15683
244 pp. plus notes, ppbk.

Rising from Mennonite culture and the Bible, the concepts in this book shows us many ways to escape the clutches of materialism and honor God in preserving His creation.

Doris Janzen Longacre wrote the first edition of this book thirty years ago, with a good response from readers. This edition has updated articles and ideas for a lifestyle that can escape the trap of materialism. Jesus called materialism thorns in our souls.

Part One introduces the legacy of Jantzen's writing and gives a retrospect for today.
Part two, The Life Standards, tells the theology behind living more with less and offers five life standards. Chapters discuss justice, making do, learning from the world community and the importance of nurturing people. One article talks about cherishing the natural order. Jantzen has written on `nonconforming freely'--enjoying the life of more with less.

Part Three, called Living Testimonies, discusses our use of money; our homes; home keeping with less; gardens, farms and markets; cooking and eating; clothes and bodies; transportation and travel; recreation; technology and media, and even churches and meetinghouses that embody the principle of living more with less.

A well-written and challenging book.
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28 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit extreme March 7, 2011
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One of my favorite cookbooks is Simply in Season. I also have Extending the Table and More With Less, both of which I enjoy. These are the three books that the Mennonite group has published. Living More With Less was written by Doris Longacre thirty years ago. I bought it and looked forward to reading her ideas. I didn't expect them to be too extreme. Many of the stories in the book were a bit extreme and that is why I wanted to write this review.

The idea of this book is how do you live more with less. The cookbooks are all written to help people be wiser with the world's food resources. That is a great desire of my heart. I also live intentionally to waste less of the world's resources. I reuse and recycle and garage sale--not only for financial reasons because it is good to reuse something that someone else no longer needs and wants. But, I read in a book once that you have to be careful about getting too extreme. You have to take into account the cost of your time and put your efforts towards what is most valuable. We have a finite amount of time in each of our days and there is a potential to get absorbed by the little things.

There was a story in this book that prompted me to put it down. Mennonites are Christians and the premise is ultimately to be good stewards of the world that God has created. And I would add we are called to be good stewards of who God has made us to be. We aren't meant to stick our heads in the sand and waste what He has blessed us with. There is a parable about this in the Bible when the landowner gives three workers some money. One buries it in the sand, one grows it a little, and one grows it a lot. But, back to the story in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cookbook!
We have been married for thirty years and this was a wedding gift. We wore out the first copy and the second copy is pretty tattered so bought an electronic copy to have with me. Read more
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This was a good read but I would've preferred the original writings of the author only. Had I noticed the additional added content prior to purchase, I would've rethought buying. Read more
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This is a seminal work on a sustainability philosophy. Though she is writing from the perspective of the Mennonite faith, I believe this book is valuable for all those who seek... Read more
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This book is a great resource for people looking for ideas regarding "living simply so that others may simply live" . Read more
Published 16 months ago by huntsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book.
Having grown up in a culture that has so much we throw away excess, this book takes a look at how living with less is really better than 'having it all'.
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I read this book 30 years ago and am enjoying rereading the updated version. It is a good reminder of what is really important.
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