Simplicity Resource List

Simplicity Resource List

Books on simplicity (or related issues) from Christian perspectives:

Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster
Celebration of Discipline (Chapter 6) by Richard Foster
Living More with Less by Doris Janzen Longacre
The Simple Life by Vernard Eller
Sacred Rhythms by Christine Sine
Living on Purpose by Christine & Tom Sine
Mustard Seed vs. McWorld by Tom Sine
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider
How Much Is Enough? Hungering for God in an Affluent Culture by Arthur Simon
Simpler Living, Compassionate Life, A Christian Perspective edited and compiled by Michael Schut
Food & Faith, edited and compiled by Michael Schut
The Prayer Tree and A Common Prayer by Michael Leunig (available through

Books that are important in the Voluntary Simplicity movement:

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin
Circle of Simplicity by Cecile Andrews (includes very helpful guide on forming and facilitating simplicity circles)
The Simple Life by David Shi’s (helpful for historical context)
Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs
The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure by Juliet Schor
Take Back Your Time edited and compiled by John de Graaf


Affluenza (John de Graaf)
Escape from Affluenza (John de Graaf)
Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska

Related Websites: (visit Mustard Seed Associates forum on simplicity!) (Seeds of Simplicity – national nonprofit membership organization centered on voluntary simplicity; resources/network for simplicity circles; newsletter and other resources for members) (Alternatives for Simple Living – a Christian voluntary simplicity organization) (Earth Ministry; Michael Schut’s books available here) (Coop America; resource for corporate accountability & responsible consumption) (Center for a New American Dream; responsible consumption) (place to purchase books, videos, etc. related to simplicity along with other helpful info and links) (Ad Busters) (Take Back Your Time Day)