Consuming Faith by Tom Beaudoin
Integrating Who We Are with What We Buy

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Americans search for identity through a stunning and paradoxical pair of passions: spirituality and consumerism. We participate in religion or practice spirituality on the one hand, and are keen consumers on the other. But, as Tom Beaudoin's Consuming Faith makes clear, if we truly seek to put our spirituality into practice, we are called to integrate who we are with what we buy.

In our consumer-driven culture what we buy, wear, eat, and drive say much about our deepest values. We buy the products that seem to meet our spiritual needs—they make us feel good, offer us experiences of community, tap into our deepest desires, form our imaginations, help us "fit in." But if we stop to think about how we are linked to the rest of the world through our purchases, we are faced with some tough questions: Where do these products come from? Who made them and in what conditions do they work? How does what I buy affect others? What does my faith have to do with what I buy? When is enough, enough? Today, it is more important than ever to pay attention to our economic spirituality.

Consuming Faith is an invitation to think about how our purchases affect who we are as individuals and as members of a global community. This breakthrough book offers practical ways that individuals, communities, and churches can practice a more intentional economic spirituality that integrates our values with what we buy.

About Tom Beaudoin

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Tom Beaudoin teaches religious studies at Santa Clara University. He is the author of Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X.
Published November 28, 2003 by Sheed & Ward. 121 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Beaudoin's first book, Virtual Faith , alerted many readers to the 30-something Catholic's gift for language, appreciation of material culture's spiritual significance and theological acumen.

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When Beaudoin looked into the relationships behind the branded jeans and other products in his life, he discovered youngsters and women in other countries who worked long hours for poor wages, were forbidden to join unions, and were subjected to pregnancy tests.

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