The year without a purchase
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We found ourselves getting caught up in the great American hamster wheel of “more is better” not long ago, and drifting away from the family mission statement we generated during our year of service. So, in order to refocus on the important things in life, we agreed to go a year without purchasing any “stuff.” Here’s a video that explains it a little better. Check out our book The Year Without a Purchase (ironically available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble), which will be published in August 2015 by WJK Press, to see how we did.
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The Year Without a Purchase tells the story of a family’s journey to avoid shopping and reconnect instead. Scott Dannemiller and his partner, Gabby, are former Guatemalan missionaries. They find themselves on a never-ending treadmill of consumption ten years after their pledge of simple living, where each purchase ignited a desire for more and never led to true fulfillment. The line between needs and wants had blurred, and reestablishing it would necessitate drastic measures, such as refraining from making non-essential purchases for a year. There are no new clothes, books, or toys for the children. They wouldn’t buy anything if they couldn’t eat it or use it up in a year (toilet paper and shampoo, for example). The book explores modern America’s spending patterns and chronicles the highs and lows of falling out of our consumer culture, with satirical wit, curious statistics, and poignant conclusions. The family discovers valuable truths about human nature and the secret to discovering true joy as they avoid the checkout line to deal with the pressures of gift giving, child rearing, and keeping up with the Joneses. Anyone who has ever tried to alleviate stress by shopping less and living more will find useful food for thinking in The Year Without a Purchase. Download the FREE Study and Reflection Guide by clicking here.
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Scott Dannemiller is a Presbyterian Church journalist, blogger, worship leader, and former missionary (U.S.A.). He and his partner, Gabby, have two boisterous children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.
I would have earned this book five stars if it didn’t contain too many bible and Jesus references. I found myself skipping sections in order to get through all of the biblical references. However, the author writes with a sense of humor, and there are useful lessons and knowledge to be learned. However, if I had known it was founded on religious motivation, I would not have bought the book. This book is recommended for Christian families who want a firsthand account of what it’s like to avoid buying products and how it impacts day-to-day interactions with family and friends.
This was a great book for me. A friend suggested it to me, and I thought it looked interesting. I then did some research on the author and discovered that he had been a missionary and was a Christian, which turned me off completely. I was shocked that my friend (a devout atheist) had suggested it to me, but she told me that this would not detract from the book’s content, which it did not. Each chapter began with a rambling and meaningless quote from the Bible, but I ignored it and continued reading. For a year, two adults, parents with small children, agreed not to purchase something that wasn’t absolutely required. They were given food and toilet paper (thank goodness), but not anything that wouldn’t be used within a year. It was a fantastic book to read. They ended up devoting more time to each other as well as their relationships with their immediate and extended families. It’s interesting that their children were not informed of their initiative, which I’m sure made things simpler. Yes, it was enlightening. They finished the year with a lot of money and were willing to give it away, which was also impressive. This isn’t a book that boasts, “Look how awesome we are, this was so easy.” They talk about their struggles and problems, but it makes you think, and you have to admire what they’re trying to achieve.
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The structure of a book based on the “Year of…” idea is becoming stale. They’re all over the place. I guess they’ve always existed, but it seems like there’s been one every week for the past few years. A.J. Jacobs’ The Year of Biblical Living, Rachel Held Evans’ The Year of Biblical Womanhood, and MaryAnn McKibben Dana’s Sabbath in the Suburbs are recent examples of this form of book’s theological subgenre. I read them all and thoroughly enjoyed them. Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle takes the same concept and applies it to a year of consuming only homegrown or home raised food. Susan Maushart’s most funny works The Winter of Our Disconnect takes place over a longer period of time (six months), but the idea is the same: one family goes without technology for six months in order to communicate more authentically with one another. A fast search on Amazon shows a slew of other books based on the same premise: do anything (or nothing) for a year, enlist the help and/or involvement of your family, and write about how it influenced you all in the long run. All of the books I’ve listed are interesting, thought-provoking reads that I’ve recommended to others. However, I’ve recently found that if I see another “Year of…” book on display at the local bookstore, I find myself rolling my eyes. We humans are all too capable of running a good idea into the ground until it is no longer recoverable.