The Good Faith Book Club met on the 12th of January at Aylesbury Methodist Church to discuss Mark Powley's Consumer Detox: Less Stuff, More Life, published by Zondervan in 2010. Several commented on the book's relevance to Epiphany and baptism and the need for each of us to be the people we are called to be in Christ, rather than become caught up in the desire for things, status, and multiple experiences that the world would have us seek and choose.
The author, an Anglican clergy man, describes himself as a consumer, desiring to wean himself from the thrawls of consumerism. Writing simply and in short sentences and brief paragraphs, he leads his reader through the process of awareness and partial (but not complete) withdrawal.
Comments from those at the meeting included that although many of us have heard it all before (the author is of a younger generation than most of the members of the Book Club), it never hurts to hear it again, and to be given a guideline to check how we are doing.
The Book Club elected to read "The World Less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck for the next meeting which will be March at 2 pm at the Aylesbury Methodist Church. New members are always welcome. =
Ann Henman — January 2013