These 25 brief, thoughtful meditations by Paul Escamilla are organized in five topics: The Good Book, The Good Life, the Good Work, The Good Society, and The Good Earth. Whether read privately or with a group, these probing essays invite rather than indict the reader - making the "life of enough" seem not only possible but a natural next step in our lives as Christians. A gifted writer, Escamilla leads the reader to anticipate both physical and spiritual relief from saturation and excess. Together the author and the reader search for the secret of escaping the lifestyle and attitudes of "a weighed-down world." A study guide includes questions for reflection or discussion.
A suggestion about reading this book: read it slowly; no more than a chapter a day. It is almost poetry, and poetry, as Wendell Berry reminds us, slows words down. Let it do what a good book does: remind, recall, re-visit. Here are the musings, not of one who has made the trip and is now telling the rest of us how it is. Rather, these are the musings of one still on the road, just as surprised as we are by what he sees and hears. But by all means read it. Anyone who has discovered the modesty of God deserves our attention.
-Fred Craddock, Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, Candler School of Theology
Longing for Enough in a Culture of More is a book of memorable insights that add up to a remarkably complete and balanced picture of the Christian life. This is a spirituality that is open to life without being overwhelmed by it and in touch with God without withdrawing from the world.
-Robin W. Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University