Consumerism is everywhere. It shapes the way we eat, shop, rest, think, love and believe. We can't escape it, but how can we live well in the midst of it? We are daily seduced by a 250 billion dollar marketing machine. But how often do we consider how this might influence us? The current prevailing orthodoxy is that life should be lived to the max. By contrast, Jesus modeled a life of joyful limitation - free to do; free not to do. Consumer Detox, complete with the Detox Diary in the back of the book with suggestions for each chapter, encouraging stories, and space for writing personal reflections, is for those who want to break out of a lifestyle dominated by consumerism and journey toward a richer, simpler, more generous life. Consumer Detox, written out of Mark Powley's experience of making a change in his own life, is a three part book that will help you break out of the consumer mindset, slow down to enjoy the natural rhythms of life, and live a life of generosity. This book isn't about living a smaller life but having a bigger vision, which can help you become everything you were made to be.
©2010 Mark Powley (P)2010 Zondervan
Have a deep life instead of the shallow life of the perpetual consumer. I found this book to be insightful, true, and often quite funny. Humor isn't the point of the book, but it's nice to have such a heavy topic handled with lightness. The deep life means better relationships...with yourself, your kids, your spouse, your community, your environment, your God. If these things are important to you, then get this book and let it change you.
I have to start by saying that I did not see the "Rev." before the author's name until after I bought this book or I would not have purchased it at all. I was pretty disappointed that this information isn't a little more prominent. So needless to say this book has a decidedly religious slant.
That being said, there are still some very interesting points and thought provoking ideas in this book. I admit that I found myself cringing at the parts when he talks about what the Trinity wants us to do blah blah, but after a while I was able to tune out those bits and listen for the good stuff.
I enjoy books that encourage self examination and a look at the bigger picture that sometimes we all have trouble keeping in focus. This could have been an excellent book but for me it's one I won't listen to more than once. In the end if I had a choice whether or not to purchase it again, I wouldn't.
Initially, this book was engaging and somewhat insightful, putting forward some interesting commentary about modern day consumerism. However, the author started getting very religious in sections, which was both unexpected and somewhat out of place given the way the rest of the book was written. Thus this book would be best suited to a Christian readership.
The information really hits home, and makes you appreciate life so much more.
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I wish there were more books like this. The world needs more understanding and less wanting.
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