Advance Praise for "Year of Plenty"

Here are some of the advance endorsements for Year of Plenty. (Just let me know if I'm getting a little obnoxious posting about the book.)

“The replacement god most in evidence in our generation is consumerism. Year of Plenty is a gentle but insistent expose of this consumerist replacement god. It is also a convincing witness to the sanctity of the everyday, the ordinary, the things we eat and clothes we wear, the names of our neighbors and the money we spend, which is to say, Jesus in our neighborhood.”

--(From the Foreword) Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver B.C., Author of The Message.


“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 PurposeAuthor of Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God's People


"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

“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 NetworkAuthor of The Missional Leader, Adjunct Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary