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Year of Plenty: One Suburban Family. . .in Pursuit of Christian Living

Year of Plenty: One Suburban Family. . .in Pursuit of Christian Living

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. More than that, it is the timely tale of Christians exploring the intersections of faith, environment, and everyday life.

This humorous yet profound book comes at just the right time for North American Christians, who are eager to engage the growing interest in the environmental movement and the quandaries of modern consumer culture. It speaks also to the growing legions of the "spiritual but not religious" who long for ways to connect heaven and earth in their daily lives.
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  • Publisher Sparkhouse Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451400748
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date February 24, 2011


"Craig Goodwin invites us into a life of paying attention. This is an experiment in God's ordinary: life centered in relationship, lived in a physical world of spiritual meaning, and expressed in daily acts of attentiveness that are unhooked from patterns that degrade us and imperil the world. It turns out to be a wonderful and complicating adventure. Free from grandiosity, sentimentality, or ideology, this book tells its story with captivating humanity and motivating honesty."
—Mark Labberton
Director, Ogilvie Institute for Preaching
Fuller Theological Seminary
Author of The Dangerous Act of Worship

"As someone who had gotten good at resisting grumpy calls to reject our consumerist culture, I found this book delightfully refreshing and compelling. Craig Goodwin describes an experiment in 'familial art'—a creative effort to seek out new and very practical experiments living as more faithful stewardship of the earth's resources. I haven't started raising chickens or making homemade butter (yet!) after reading this wonderful book—but I have learned some profound lessons."
—Richard J. Mouw
President and Professor of Christian Philosophy
Fuller Theological Seminary

"Many clergy and other church leaders ask for examples of how and where missional work is actually taking place. Here is a leader faithfully engaging this work in a practical, local, on–the–ground way that leads to new expressions of church in mission. This is the kind of story about a church–in–process we need to hear."
—Alan J. Roxburgh
Founder of the Missional Network
Author of The Missional Leader
Adjunct Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary

"I heartily recommend Goodwin's charming, thoughtful, and extremely funny book. With remarkable insight and refreshing humility, Craig Goodwin takes us with him and his family as they learn who and what is behind the things we so often thoughtlessly purchase. Goodwin reminds us how much of community and life we have sacrificed in the name of convenience and low price. Through engaging narrative he skillfully integrates lessons on faith, life, and God, integrating the spiritual with the material and the local with the global. This is an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about our role as Christians in taking care of and enjoying God's creation."
—Scott Sabin
Executive Director, Plant With Purpose
Author of Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God's People