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An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture

By Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight 

 

"Inspirational and practical ... a grounded call to compassion and justice."

— Parker Palmer

The consumer culture holds the belief that no amount is enough. The free market ideology produces economic crises, violence and an exhausted planet. An Other Kingdom provides a new narrative, a shift in our thinking and speaking, to take us out of a culture of addictive consumption into a place where contract is replaced by covenant, consumption is replaced by neighborliness and time is reclaimed as our own.

This is a modern exodus toward a connected community, built on an alternative set of beliefs, liturgy, and disciplines. The shift has begun and out of it we find a better way to raise our children, be healthy, be safe, and be kinder to the earth. 

ISBN 978-1-119-19472-9  | $17.00 | Paperback 

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Advance praise for An Other Kingdom

Whenever Block, Brueggemann and McKnight get together on the topic of community, the outcome is both inspirational and practical. That's been the case for years, and it's the case once again with this fine book. At a time when so many are being left behind by our culture of individualism, competition and consumerism, this book — with its emphasis on remembering that we're all in this together and have gifts that can help meet others' needs — is a grounded call to compassion and justice.

— PARKER J. PALMER, author of Healing the Heart of
Democracy
, A Hidden Wholeness and Let Your Life Speak

A fast-paced, hard-hitting smack of a book . . . [with] specific, practical ways we can move toward greater neighborliness for the common good.

WILL WILLIMON, Professor of Christian Ministry,
Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
and United Methodist Bishop (ret.)

The book is not sentimental . . . but rather hopeful of fundamental economic, social, and cultural transformation, reminiscent of economist Fritz Schumacher.

SUSAN WITT, Schumacher Center
for a New Economics

An alternative vision of a neighborly society, one that draws upon our deepest sacred and secular traditions and is already being constructed by ordinary people in many local communities.

WALTER T. DAVIS, Professor Emeritus,
San Francisco Seminary

 Original and illuminating. Prophetic and liberating!

ROBERT INCHAUSTI, author of Thomas Merton’s
American Prophecy, Subversive Orthodoxy
 and
The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People

Shines like the North Star in the night sky: a joy to read, and a compass to hold close as we face the unknown and unknowable environmental, political, relational, and spiritual challenges that lie out ahead.

CORMAC RUSSELL, author of Asset-Based
Community Development
; Managing Director of
Nurture Development; faculty member of ABCD Institute
and lead steward for ABCD in Europe