Life from Our Land: The Search for a Simpler Life in a Complex World

Life from Our Land The Search for a Simpler Life in a Complex World Voices from every direction beckon us even push us toward better and faster technology with the promise of wealth pleasure and consequently happiness But have we become so bewitched by the sire

  • Title: Life from Our Land: The Search for a Simpler Life in a Complex World
  • Author: Marcus Grodi
  • ISBN: 9781621640233
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Voices from every direction beckon us, even push us, toward better and faster technology, with the promise of wealth, pleasure, and, consequently, happiness.But have we become so bewitched by the siren song of material progress that we ve lost the ability not just to achieve, but to discern what true happiness is What criteria do we use to plan for the futuVoices from every direction beckon us, even push us, toward better and faster technology, with the promise of wealth, pleasure, and, consequently, happiness.But have we become so bewitched by the siren song of material progress that we ve lost the ability not just to achieve, but to discern what true happiness is What criteria do we use to plan for the future, for retirement At the end of our earthly lives, how will we measure our fruitfulness In this book Marcus Grodi discusses what he and his family discovered, mostly by surprise, after moving from the city to twenty five acres of Ohio farmland This move involved a radical shift in priorities for all of them, but mostly it helped them to discover some critical truths about our relationship to nature and to nature s Creator that apply regardless of where a person lives He offers wonderful reflections on his going back to the land experience as a metaphor for drawing closer to God.

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    1. This was a lovely book to read. I had my eye on it for the longest time and searched libraries everywhere for it, and eventually ended up purchasing it because I just didn't want to wait any longer. Marcus Grodi wrote a fantastic book, and I think it fit the purpose of him wanting to write it, as he states in the epilogue: "what I found missing in these books that finally convinced me to write with all their enthusiasm and determined reflections on their work and experiences, they seem to have m [...]

    2. Really enjoyed this book. Grodi gives his readers a taste of his life in the country and what he learned about himself, God, and the simple life as he and his family made the move from city life to farm life. Sprinkled with scripture throughout and reflections on life, there is much to learn here and reflect. I especially liked that he is not advocating a "return to the land" for everyone else, instead he is focusing on the simple life and how we should be living a simpler life in God in all thi [...]

    3. I have had a shity week. I totaled my car, my work place is experiencing entropy on a cosmic scale, there was yet another mass shooting's just been unpleasant. I picked up this book (virtually picked it up on Kindle) because it sounded so pleasant: a man and his family move to a farm to simplify their lives. Marcus Grodi is a prominent Catholic with his own show on EWTN, and he seems like an affable, gentle man who writes about his experiences on the farm and how they inform his view of the worl [...]

    4. I LOVED this book! As a Christian - at least I think it's because I'm a Christian - I get these occasional anxious surges of dissatisfaction or worry or dismay that come out of nowhere. Hard to describe. But I think it's because THIS world will never satisfy. From this world, I want to detach. I want to hide my eyes from its enticements and distractions and temptations because nothing here will ever completely satisfy. This book put all of that into a down-to-earth word picture that made me cons [...]

    5. I enjoyed this book but it only gets three stars because the first 1/3 of it was so boring, and I almost put it down and stopped reading. It was just a bunch of reflections on Catholicism with really long excerpts from the Bible and an explanation of basic Christianity. However, it started getting really good in the next section where he discusses the philosophy and origins of the Back to the Land Movement and simple living, giving advice and tips as well.

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