September 20, 2009
Arthur Simon is founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World and author of The Politics of World Hunger, Bread for the World, and Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God's World.
In this book, How Much is Enough?, Simon educated, inspired, and challenged me. The book is an easy read but difficult to forget.
In Simon's own words. "This book looks at both the cost and the joy of discipleship." Chapters 1 - 7 focus on ways in which our hearts are turned toward fleeting satisfactions and away from God in our affluent culture. Chapter 8 explains why following Jesus today is not so easy for us. Chapter 9 and 10 ask the question, "How much is enough?" Chapter 11 deals with the theme of justice for the oppressed from the Bible. Chapters 12 - 14 describe the benefits of discipleship. The book ends with some practical suggestions for living more simply.
This book was one of the books we read during our year of study for JustFaith. It evoked great discussions for our group and was very personally challenging for me. I would recommend this book to all of you.
Review by Sister Judith Ann Croegaert, OSB