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Year of Plenty Paperback – March 1, 2011
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-- Scott Sabin, Executive Director, Plant With Purpose, Author of Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God's People
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With poignancy and wit, Craig Goodwin relates his family's year of living locally in the new book, Year of Plenty: One Suburban Family, Four Rules, and 365 Days of Homegrown Adventure in Pursuit of Christian Living. Frustrated after one more Christmas of buying gifts that they didn't like and didn't need, Craig and his wife, Nancy, decide to do what seems so rare these days: they changed their way of life. Five rules, hatched hastily over dinner one night shaped the next year of their family's consumption: local, used, homegrown, homemade and Thailand (you'll just have to read the book to understand that last one).
In spite of a growing genre of books about families and individuals spending a year eating locally, this book, and the Goodwin family's experiment, is not about jumping on a cultural bandwagon. Goodwin's experience brings a fresh perspective to the growing conversation about environmentalism and sustainable living, which is captured in the subtitle. Theirs is an "adventure in pursuit of Christian living." Arguing that Christian faith has been largely colonized by the modernist narrative of consumption and unlimited growth, the Goodwin family deliberate steps off the treadmill and dares to ask whether there is something deeply amiss about our "normal" way of life. In a play on Wendell Berry's well-known phrase, "eating is an agricultural act," Goodwin declares, "eating is a theological act" (195). He goes on to explain,
For those of us who claim an ultimate allegiance to the Jesus who is redeeming all things (Col. 1:20), decisions about what we purchase or don't purchase are vital expression of our faith. In a world where everything is being gathered up "in Christ" (Eph.Read more ›
Year of Plenty is a book about his family's journey growing food, consuming thoughtfully, eating locally, and being in relationship with the people who produce what goes on their table. From the jacket: "In 2008, Pastor Craig Goodwin and his young family embarked on a year-long experiment to consume only what was local, used, homegrown or homemade. In Year of Plenty, Goodwin shares the winsome story of how an average suburban family stumbled onto the cultural cutting edge of locavores, backyard chickens, farmers markets, simple living, and going green."
If you're like me, you're probably thinking, "Sounds a lot like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" (by Barbara Kingsolver). True, there are several situations that indeed seem to come from the same place as Kingsolver's: local food vs. food imported from across the globe, how animals in the food chain are treated, gardening, raising chickens, etc. Thankfully, though, Craig answers this critique right out of the gate; "Does the world really need another book about one family's year-long consumption experiment?" he asks. The answer, he says, is that this book is about a theology of plenty, that followers of Jesus have something unique to offer the consumer/green conversation.
Goodwin weaves into his stories the way his theology informs his family's consumer decision-making processes. Instead of this being an environmental crusade, it's largely a relational crusade. After all, in Christian theology, we love our neighbor as ourselves.Read more ›
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A lot of fun and presents many great growth opportunities. I thought it might dig a bit deeper, but maybe I'll have to plow through it again to be sure I've harvested all I could.Published 15 months ago by Anna M.
While I am enjoying reading of this exercise that the Goodwin family undertook, it occurs to me that the Proverbs 31 woman not only ate food she grew herself, but also brought her... Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. A., Church
Craig Goodwin gives us an honest and often funny perspective of learning to live with "less is more".
It should be a required bible study for all Christian faiths. Read more
Easy and hard to read at the same time. Worth the time to learn about the concept of eating local food, growing one's own food, and the unusual effort of finding out about the... Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Judy Gitchel
A great book for the follower of Christ who cares to think about their own environmental impact. The author is pretty funny too, I would read this during my down time and I didn't... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Demetra James
The Goodwin family grew in many respects over the course of a year of learning to take their food and its sources seriously. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by Virginia Berney