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Following Christ in a Consumer Society: The Spirituality of Cultural Resistance [Paperback]

By John F. Kavanaugh (Author)
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Offers a penetrating critique of the culture of consumerism, contrasted with the personalism of the Gospel.

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In an era of fraud, corruption, and the relentless celebration of image over substance, the message of this perennial best-seller is more timely than ever.

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Format: Deluxe Edition
Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 2, 2007
Publisher   Orbis Books
Edition  Anniversary  
ISBN  157075666X  
ISBN13  9781570756665  

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John F. Kavanaugh, SJ, a professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University, is author of Following Christ in a Consumer Society and The Word Embodied. He writes the "Ethics Notebook" column for the publication America.

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A needed and very good update.  Oct 21, 2008
I read the original edition some 25 years ago and it had a great impact on the formation of my attitudes towards advertising, consumerism, etc. I have just finished this 2006 edition and it again inspired my thinking and attitudes. This is a much appreciated update with current data and research. This would make a great book for a companion to a study group of any age and a great companion to a high school or college age Bible Study and I believe that it could be used to initiate great discussion on the modern age and its economic structures and values.
Toward a Life Of Meaning  Sep 13, 2008
I knew Kavenaugh from my colege days and tere was no greater spokespeson for a values-directed ife. The man lived it and we all loved him for it (c'est domage his college at the time is now run by a tyrant who wouldn't undersand a word of this book). I would recomend this for all colege stuents of a Christian orientation as a way to chalenge thematerialism that has driven their parents and dragged them along. This book could change society. Something had better. My son is reading it now. I pray that Kavenaugh's efect on all of us in college reaches my son as well. Good bye Game Boy!
The dynamics of commodity and consumerism are revealed   Mar 12, 2007
Following Christ in a Consumer Society is a classic study written by a Jesuit priest and which appeared nearly two decades ago: its 25th anniversary edition will help spiritual collections replace aging, worn editions with a bright new paperback even more relevant today than when it was originally published. Chapters consider the relationship between Christianity and consumerism, and have been updated to reflect the latest scholarship in the area. The dynamics of commodity and consumerism are revealed in chapters which lend particularly well to study group discussion.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
Rampant Consumerism and Its Antidote  Jan 10, 2007
This 25th anniversary edition of Kavanaugh's work paints a strong picture of today's consumer culture marked by the "empty interior, broken relationship, craving for things, injustice of depersonalization, and flight from the wounded." The author employs examples from current events, cultural phenomena, and research studies to describe the earmarks and effects of the "Commodity Form."

He describes the commodity form as a filter for all our experience, attitudes, emotions, drives, perceptions, and behavior that reduces us to replaceable "things" valuable only in terms of how much we market, produce, and consume. In direct opposition, Kavanaugh holds up the "Personal Form," in which humans are valued as irreplaceable, capable of self-conscious reflection, and fulfilled in relationships based on mutual commitment. The personal form relies on Christian discipleship marked by such practices as self-critique, moral consistency, and prayer and supported by participation in community and the sacraments, all topics that Kavanaugh addresses in detail.

This work can be seen as user`s manual for groups and individuals serious about understanding, resisting, and challenging the rampant consumerism of twenty-first century America.
amazing  Feb 14, 2002
This book is for all people. It is a wonderful account for the search that we humans make to "keep up with the Jones"" but never feel fufilled. It explains what is missing and why we are never satisified with tangible wants and desires for a long period of time. Everyone should read this book. Well written and an easy quick read. Worth every minute.

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