I find myself involved in a lot of conversations about how much we are shaped by the narrative of a consumer culture. It effects how we choose what church we want to be part of to how we find value the rest of the week. Most of these conversations hold two ideas in common: 1) consumer culture live in tension with Christian spirituality, and 2) it’s difficult to know where to begin to reshape our lives away from this narrative.
To live otherwise as individuals is going to require living in community with others who are re-imagining life together. I received for review a resource that can help give birth to this process of re-imagination: Economy of Love. This is a book/DVD combination that would be useful as a kick-starter to these kind of conversations. It is a series of five topics geared around open ended ideas about how to engage with poverty and reshape our own lives.
The videos are hosted by Shaine Claiborne, and the book content was created by Relational Tithe. The book is attractively laid out, but not to the point where it is distracting from the content itself. I’ve only reviewed the materials on my own so far, but I think this is something we will use in Austin Mustard Seed in the future. It’s worth a look for any dialogue oriented setting, such as a small group or missional community.
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