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Consumer Detox

Breathe Initiative 1: Consumer Detox

Consumerism is everywhere. It shapes the way we eat, shop, rest, think, love, and believe. We can’t escape it, but how can we live well in the midst of it?

Consumer Detox (Zondervan 2011) is a three-part journey to a simpler, richer, more generous life. It began as some pages on this site nearly 5 years ago. Now it’s a full grown book telling the story of what we’ve learnt through Breathe, and sketching out where we think a less consumerist life is heading. Browse the book here (click the Read Sample box for two preview chapters).

This book is not about guilt.  It’s about life. It is a gift to be able to stand up and say with Powley, “I am a recovering consumer.”  Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President

Consumer Detox is an important and urgent message.  However, Mark Powley is not a prophet of doom – his message is refreshingly practical and hopeful, offering a manifesto for a more celebratory lifestyle.  Count me in!”  Pete Greig, Alpha International / 24-7Prayer.com, author of God on Mute

Please, please, please read this book. Mark Powley has noticed what is going on in our culture and offers us a real yet astounding way to live. Consumer Detox is crackling with life, full of insight, informative and yet non-judgemental. In a world where Lady Gaga is offering to change the world ‘one sequin at a time’ Consumer Detox brilliantly opens up a richer, fuller vision of how to live.  Rev Dr Viv Thomas, Director of Formation, author of The Spectacular Ordinary Life

Mark Powley has hit the nail on the head with this book. There are few things more pressing than the need for Christians to wrestle with what it means to follow Jesus in our consumer-driven culture and I’m excited that Mark has found a way to help us to do this.  Ruth Valerio, author of L is for Lifestyle: Christian living that doesn’t cost the earth, and manager of A Rocha’s Living Lightly project

Consumer Detox is a great book: accessible, tender, personal and moving. It avoids being “preachy” because Mark honestly explains his own struggles. At the same time, and more importantly, it is also subversive of our materialist values and very challenging because it shows what it means to claim to be a Christian.  Dr Alastair Duke, specialist in the European Reformation

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