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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Pr; 30th Anniversary edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836195213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836195217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Laack VINE VOICE on January 1, 2011
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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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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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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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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. It seemed to me like it was a "toned down" version of the clear, forward message the original author, Doris, was trying to convey in her included excerpts. I walked away not feeling quite the urgency I had hoped because of the lack of directness and excessive filler. I wanted red meat and felt like I got chicken ceasar salad. None the less, it is a good book for today's contemporary crowd that doesn't want to fully commit to sudden or dramatic changes but subtle long term inclusions.
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I enjoyed "Almost Amish" http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Amish-Womans-Simpler-Sustainable/dp/1414326998. And this book was recommended by the author.

I dislike very few books and this is one of those few. I did order a copy of the original book by Mrs. Longacre and will be interested to see how the original compares.

The 30th anniversary version collects vignettes from various individuals who exemplify the philosophy of this book. But many of the examples are impractical, extreme and presented in a strident manner. One couple touted their paperclip wedding bands. Another story involved a couple who "had" to finally purchase a gas guzzling automobile once public transportation became impractical due to the arrival of children. The mother laments purchasing the car has led to less than optimal decisions regarding use of this car and vows that once the children can carry their own booster seats, they will probably sell the car. I'm not sure how a car can be credited for bad decisions.

The Kindle version also had numerous editing issues.
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