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Consumer Detox: Less Stuff, More Life

av Revd. Mark Powley

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A three-part journey from a lifestyle dominated by consumerism to a richer, simpler, more generous life.
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    Freedom of Simplicity av Richard J. Foster (StephenBarkley)
    StephenBarkley: The themes are similar. Powley's work is more popular and modern. Foster's work goes deeper. (Not a criticism—I enjoyed both books.)
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NCLA Review -I really wasn’t sure at times when I was reading this book just where the author was or where he was going. Making attempts to be humorous was at some points offensive to me. Multiple mentions of gifts of alcohol as well as topics of sex and porn would not be appropriate content for most church libraries. One section of redemption for the author is when he writes the “crunch point” in Consumer Detox. He wrote that “it is the invitation to come to Christ and to grant first place to Him and His kingdom only that can break us out of the self-centered patterns of consumerism.” The author has a great concept but very poor implementation. Rating: 1 —ARG ( )
  ncla | Oct 2, 2011 |
Consumer Detox is a breath of fresh air (pun intended: Powley is also the founder of the Breathe) network. Powley has managed to write a non-legalistic (indeed, liberating) manifesto about freedom from consumerism. Zondervan’s done a fine job marketing it, too. They’ve managed to promote a book on the ancient discipline of simplicity that appeals to modern generations.

Powley tackles the subject in three sections. First, he explains the lunacy of the advertising machine. Freedom from the compulsion to buy what the latest advertisement sells begins by learning their tactics. In the second section he explores what life looks like outside the machine. As godly rhythms take root in our lives, our compulsion to settle for trite marketing becomes replaced with a desire for what’s truly lasting. In the final section he shares a potent tactic to spurn consumerism: give stuff away. Live generously.

Mark Powley’s book reads like he’s talking to you with many one-sentence paragraphs and short poetic fragments. (If you’ve read any of Rob Bell’s books, you’ll know the style I’m describing.) It’s also stuffed full of humour. He has a self-deprecating manner that makes the reader feel less inept when encountering such a massive shift in worldview.

Whether you’ve experimented with the discipline of simplicity in the past, or are just a helpless consumer looking for signs of life outside the marketing machine, this book points us all in the right direction.

Disclaimer: A free review copy of this book was provided for me by Zondervan. ( )
  StephenBarkley | Mar 22, 2011 |
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