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Spiritual Practice:  
Made for Goodness by Desmond and Mpho Tutu 
Deep and Simple: A Spiritual Path for Modern Times by Bo Lozoff   
Dark Night Journey: Inward Re-patterning Toward a Life Centered in God by Sandra Cronk 
A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly 
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster 
Reaching Out, The Road to Daybreak, and The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen  
Sabbath by Wayne Muller 
Simplicity: The Art of Living by Richard Rohr 
Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity by Catherine Whitmire 
There Is A Season by Joan Chittister
Ordinary Graces (anthology of short reading ed. by Lorraine Kisly)
Catholic Worker:  

The Long Loneliness and Loaves and Fishes by Dorothy Day 
Peter Maurin: Apostle to the World by Dorothy Day and Francis J. Sicius 
Voices from the Catholic Worker ed. Rosalie Riegel Troester

Living an Alternative: 

Engaging the Powers by Walter Wink
Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home) by Pope Francis
Plain and Simple by Sue Bender 
Living More with Less by Doris Janzen Longacre
Following Christ in a Consumer Culture by J. F. Kavanaugh
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas Naylor 
When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough by Rabbi Harold Kushner
The Shelter of Each Other by Mary Pipher (focused on families)
Ivan Illich’s books, especially Toward a History of Needs
Hamlet’s BlackBerry by William Powers
Oil and Honey  by Bill McKibben


Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) by Pope Francis
Thieves of State by Sarah Chayes (looks at political and economic injustice and the relationship between corruption and terrorism)
Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert (examines the rise of capitalism, wage labor, globalization etc)
Wendell Berry’s essay collections, perhaps especially The Gift of Good Land and Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community and Citizenship Papers
The Consumer Society, anthology, edited by Neva Goodwin, Frank Ackerman and David Kiron
The Limits of Power by Andrew Bacevich
The Case Against the Global Economy, anthology, edited by Jerry Mander and Oliver Goldsmith
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh by Helena Norberg-Hodges (case study of a tribal culture’s collision with the global economy)
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
On Economics and Ethics and Poverty and Famines by Amartya Sen
What Money Can’t Buy by Michael J. Sandel


Community and Growth by Jean Vanier
Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen
Returning to the Teachings by Rupert Ross (description of Native healing/restorative justice processes for dealing with  trauma and offenses)
The Green Boat  by Mary Pipher
Search for Silence by Elizabeth O’Connor
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (on how our wish to belong and git with like-minded folks drives our polarized politics and keeps us lonely, and how we could build real community instead)  

Education/Raising Children: 

What Kids Really Want That Money Can’t Buy: Tips for Parenting in a Commercial World  by Betsy Taylor Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood by Susan Linn
The Shelter of Each Other by Mary Pipher (focused on families)
And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment and Emotional Violence by James Garbarino and Ellen deLara
To Know As We Are Known by Parker Palmer
The Price of Privilege  and  Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine (clinical psychologist)


Goatwalking by Jim Corbett (about economics, community, ecology, Scripture, goat care, survival in the wild, and the Sanctuary movement)
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
You Are Not Your Brain by Jeffrey Schwartz and Rebecca Gladding (suggestions for understanding the stories we tell ourselves and the habits we form, and making both clearer and more constructive)
A few of our favorite quotes: 

On spiritual practice:

The practices of goodness--noticing, savoring, thinking, enjoying and being thankful--are not hard disciplines to learn.  But they are disciplines, and they take practice.  The habits that allow wrong to become entrenched--mindlessness, or tuning out, inattentiveness, the busyness of doing to distraction, and the ungrateful heart--can take hold so easily.   Each habit that allows wrong to become entrenched feeds from the others. --Made for Goodness by Desmond and Mpho Tutu

 Religion is not a nagging parent, nor is it a report card keeping track of our achievements and failures and grading our performance.  Religion is a refining fire, helping us get rid of everything that is not us, everything that disturbs, dilutes or compromises the person we really want to be, until only our authentic selves remain 
--When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough  by Rabbi Harold Kushner

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On living an alternative:

There is a big difference between having many choices and making a choice.  Making a choice—declaring what is essential—creates a framework for a life that eliminates many choices but gives meaning to the things that remain.        --Plain and Simple  by Sue Bender

 ..if we just let the culture happen to us we end up rushed, stressed, addicted, unhealthy, and broke
--The Green Boat by Mary Pipher  

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The primary cause of our crises is not human nature...but rather a relentlessly expanding economic system that is steamrolling both people and the planet.  Unfortunately, this system has grown so large that it has become difficult to recognize it as human-made. --From the Afterword to the 2nd edition of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh by Helena Norberg-Hodges 

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Community is a place where people can live truly as human beings, where they can be healed and strengthened in their deepest emotions, and where they can walk towards unity and inner freedom.  As fears and prejudices diminish and trust in God and others grows, the community can radiate and witness to a style and quality of life which will bring a solution to the troubles of our world.  The response to war is to live like brothers and sisters.  The response to injustice is to share.  The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness.  To work for community is to work for humanity.   
--Community and Growth by Jean Vanier 

 the difference between a competent poverty and abject poverty . . . A home landscape enables personal subsistence but also generosity.  It enables community to exist and function.  --What Matters by Wendell Berry 

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Manual labor is physical, repetitive, never finished, always needing more attention, and something I can do while my mind is recollected.  The most suitable work for a contemplative is hidden and necessary.--Humility Matters by M.  Funk 

The moral challenge is...to make work visible again: not only the scrubbing and vacuuming, but all the hoeing, stacking, hammering, drilling, bending and lifting that goes into creating and maintaining a livable habitat.  In an economically unequal world real work, labor that engages hand as well as eye, that tires the body and directly alters the physical world, tends to vanish from sight. --Barbara Ehrenreich in Global Woman 

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Education/ Raising Children
The most valuable form of activism in this day and age may be to explore a lifestyle based around simple living and simple joy.  It make take toning down our materialistic demands and figuring out how to live on less income, but that process itself will begin to save some of the world’s resources and thereby address many of the world’s pressing problems, as well as give us more time with our families and communities.... It is activism to explain to our kids the hype and deceit involved with the endless ads which incite them to buy something new or get in on the latest craze.  Our kids may be deeper if we treat them with depth.  Our kids may be deeper if we are.  No guarantees, but they’ll certainly have a better chance.   --Deep and Simple by Bo Lozoff 

 All genuine instruction ends in a kind of silence, for when I live it, it is no longer necessary for my speaking to be audible.   
     –Sören Kierkegaard 

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Self-righteous service is impressed with the ‘big deal’...True service finds it almost impossible to distinguish the small from the large service...Self-righteous service is temporary...True service acts from ingrained patterns of living.  It springs spontaneously to meet human need.  Self-righteous service puts others into its debt and becomes one of the most subtle and destructive forms of manipulation.  True service builds community.         -- The Celebration of Discipline  by Richard Foster 

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Contemporary Christians find that they face many of the same questions as the early hermits.  How does one find one’s true self? How can we learn to see what is illusory and what is real? How do certain elements in our society’s value structure block our ability to hear God’s call? What does it mean to live a life of prayer? How can we find a firm foundation on which to build our lives?         -- Dark Night Journey  by Sandra Cronk 

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