Year of Plenty by Craig L. Goodwin

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In 2008, Pastor Craig Goodwin and his young family embarked on a year-long experiment to consume only what was local, used, homegrown, or homemade. In Year of Plenty, Goodwin shares the winsome story of how an average suburban family stumbled onto the cultural cutting edge of locavores, backyard chickens, farmers markets, simple living, and going green. More than that, it is the timely tale of Christians exploring the intersections of faith, environment, and everyday life. This humorous yet profound book comes at just the right time for North American Christians, who are eager to engage the growing interest in the environmental movement and the quandaries of modern consumer culture. It speaks also to the growing legions of the "spiritual but not religious" who long for ways to connect heaven and earth in their daily lives.

About Craig L. Goodwin

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Craig Goodwin writes a popular blog of the same name ( His family's story has been featured on NPR and PBS and in the New York Times. He is a seasoned pastor, a doctoral student in theology, and a Master Food Preserver.
Published March 1, 2011 by Sparkhouse Press. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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It's frustrating, profoundly educational, and for the pastor-author and his family, including two young children, deeply spiritual, offering opportunities aplenty to practice resurrection from thoughtless habits.

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While I dedicated a whole chapter in Year of Plenty to the topic of animal dignity as it relates to faith and consumption, I am still a novice on the topic so I was grateful to recently come across Laura Hobgood-Oster’s book, The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals.

Jun 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Year of Plenty

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