Your Redistribution is Showing! Bill Gates and Warren Buffett (and you?) get in on the growing practice of promoting the well-being of others

Selling their possessions and goods, they gave… Acts 2:45 Look who’s practicing distribution, or probably a better word, redistribution. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Steve Case, Larry Ellison, T. Boone Pickens, & Walter Scott, Jr. just to name a few. For a good part of my life I have sought to spark imagination and discussion that there is another (and I argue, better) way to live.  Over the past decade I have specifically focused on bringing light to the reality that there truly is enough for all of our needs and suggested practical ways to start living accordingly.  Often I wonder what it would take to really live into that reality. There are certainly moments I question if it is even possible, if we are willing, if we are ready. Like any good work, it is rarely easy.  It is certainly a path scattered with discouraging moments.  But, when I am honest I realize that this journey of awakening, this journey of discovery, this journey of open-handedness, this journey of seeing ourselves in others and others in ourself, this journey of sacrifice to help our neighbor, is mostly filled with moments of sheer excitement. The ups and downs are intertwined in the mystery of “it’s happening” and “it’s not yet”. We have come far, too far to not keep going on what will be the...

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A Review of Living with Less

by Steven Cottam As might be expected with a book on the joys of minimalism, Joshua Becker’s work Living with Less: An Unexpected Key to Happiness is a quick and light read. The author’s thesis is straightforward: that our modern preoccupation with having stuff draws time, energy, and attention away from more meaningful pursuits. Joshua presents his case on the matter succinctly and does not engage in any needlessly prolonged debate or diatribes on the issue. Becker’s goal is clearly not argumentation but rather invitation; he’s not looking to convince his readers through force of rhetoric as much as he is looking to invite his reader to meditate on certain topics and thereby perhaps reconsider their stance toward stuff. Becker’s use of simple language and a to-the-point style is not only fitting given his subject matter, but is undoubtedly to the benefit of his younger audience. In speaking of the style of Living with Less, it’s important right away to identify Becker’s intended audience; this book is for teenagers through and through, and it is to them that Becker presents his various meditations. Living with Less lays out its argument in four major parts: Jesus’ story, my (Joshua’s) story, your (the reader’s) story, and a final part looking for intersection between your and Jesus’ story. I must admit that...

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