How Much Is Enough? Hungering for God in an Affluent Culture

ISBN-10: 0801064082
ISBN-13: 9780801064081
Edition: 2003
Authors: Arthur R. Simon
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Description: In a world filled with both prosperity and poverty, how can Christians handle their finances in a way that honors God? In How Much Is Enough?, Arthur Simon takes an uncompromising look at America's wealth, reflecting what dominates the hearts and  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication date: 2/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In a world filled with both prosperity and poverty, how can Christians handle their finances in a way that honors God? In How Much Is Enough?, Arthur Simon takes an uncompromising look at America's wealth, reflecting what dominates the hearts and motivations of its people. He diagnoses Western civilization as sick with "affluenza," or runaway materialism, and shows readers how to reject the disease and set new priorities.Churches, social ministry groups, and thoughtful readers will be enlightened by Simon's grasp of Western affluence against the backdrop of a world where 800 million people are chronically starving. Readers will gain a clearer understanding of how money becomes an object of worship when passion for material things is stronger than compassion for the poor. Simon's life-changing book also reveals how affluenza takes control of people's lives and goals.Without discounting prosperity as a blessing, How Much Is Enough? proposes new pathways to living as disciples of Jesus. It suggests a myriad of solutions for taming materialism and sheds light on the profound reality that possessions may capture our hearts, but they are unable to nourish our souls.

Acknowledgments
A Preliminary Word
That Seductive Urge
Fat Wallets, Empty Lives
Two Paths
The Snare of Wealth
Hunger and Poverty
Control of the Heart
Hope and Purpose
A New Identity
Earthly Pilgrims
Whole-Life Christians
Compassion for Others
Spiritual Hunger and Poverty
Returning Home
Rushing to Nowhere
Putting Life in Focus
Our Children
Sabbath Wisdom
The Poverty of Riches
Having or Being?
Mammon as Master
Mammon as Servant
Servant Churches
The Riches of Gratitude
The Sorrow of Pleasure
Pleasure as Master
Points of Pleasure
Pleasure as Gift
Joy
The Weakness of Power
The Corruption of Power
The Pretense of Weakness
Power Doing Good
Faces of Affluence
Consumerism
Capitalism
The Moral Ambiguity of Affluence
Those Left Behind
How Much Is Enough?
Staying behind the Joneses
No Easy Answers
The Bible on Possessions
Our Calling
The Grace of Giving
Living Simply So That Others May Simply Live
Choices Have Consequences
Why Me, Lord?
A Couple of Complications
Linking Personal Efforts to Public Policy
Love and Justice
Justice as a Form of Love
More Than Private Piety
Making a Difference
Saying "Yes" to Life
God's "Yes" to Us
The Life of Compassion
Filling the Heart with Something Better than Cash
Prayer and Solitude
Praise and Thanksgiving
A Community of Faith
Celebrating Grace
The Meek Inherit the Earth
Who Are the Meek?
Inherit the Kingdom
Postscript: A Few Suggestions
Notes

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