The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture is the story of how my family made the radical decision to leave a secure life in the city, sell our house, get rid of most of our possessions, and move halfway across the country with three small children for a year long internship on a farm with no flushing toilets. We went from being the owners of a lovely little home in Florida to living in a 650 square foot apartment on a farm in Texas.
This book is about the lessons we learned along the way. It’s about seeing the unsatisfying “throwaway” culture of consumerism for what it is (comfortable lies that can distract us from what really matters: pursuing the Gospel).
Brandon Vogt of Word on Fire, a kindred spirit who I asked to write the foreword to my book, calls it, “An antidote to throwaway culture, a blueprint to living a fulfilling life.”
Paula Huston, the author of One Ordinary Sunday gave this endorsement: “Prophets wake us to our true state, call upon us to be better than we are, and demand that we think hard about the life we are living. And thus we shy away from prophets. Haley Stewart, however, won’t let us escape so easily. Hers is a genuinely prophetic voice, but one so full of fun and the sheer joy of living that she thoroughly charmed and convinced me. A wonderfully wise book for our confusing and misguided era.”
“Not very often does a book come around that makes me stop in the middle of reading a page and jump up to find a highlighter, wake up early to have a few extra minutes of reading, or mentally list the friends and family that I want to pass this book on to when I’m finished. It’s that good. I love the way Haley Stewart mixes her family’s personal stories in with practical suggestions for simplifying, adding beauty, and living intentionally.-L. DeLisio”
- The Grace of Enough is about seeing the joy in the call to simplicity and no longer being owned by our possessions.
- It’s about learning to view God’s creation with wonder so that we can preserve his world as an act of worship for the Creator.
- It’s about pausing to take a breath and let beauty point us to God.
- It’s about centering our lives around family, relationships, and prayer in a way that will strengthen our sense of home.
- It’s about slowing down to do things that remind us that we are human beings like preparing food and sharing it with people we love around the sacred space of our kitchen tables.
- It’s about opening our homes, despite imperfections in our housekeeping and culinary skills, in our commitment to revolutionary acts of hospitality.
- It’s about building small but significant habits that nurture community in a world in which we are increasingly disconnected from each other.
- It’s about living out generous and inconvenient love in a culture that prizes convenience and comfort above all else.
- It’s about doing what’s best for your family and your soul even when it means going without what everyone else says you must have in order to be happy.
- It’s about clinging to the hope that we can have a part to play in God’s redemption of this dark world.
This is a dark hour for the Church. And I may be foolishly optimistic, but I think in the midst of these horrors, there is a wake up call to become the saints that are needed in the time God has placed us in. And I think He will raise up many saints.
How do we begin? By taking off the lens of the throwaway culture with which we’ve been viewing the world around us and putting on the mind of Christ. By embracing what Flannery O’Connor wrote: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd.”
Are you ready to be odd in this throwaway culture because of your radical pursuit of the Gospel?
It’s my prayer that The Grace of Enough will inspire you and bring you hope. I truly can’t wait for it to arrive on your doorstep!
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