Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Year without a Purchase
The Year without a Purchase is the story of one family's quest to stop shopping and start connecting. Scott Dannemiller and his wife, Gabby, are former missionaries who served in Guatemala. Ten years removed from their vow of simple living, they found themselves on a never-ending treadmill of consumption where each purchase created a desire for more and never led to true satisfaction. The difference between needs and wants had grown very fuzzy, and making that distinction clear again would require drastic action: no nonessential purchases for a whole year. No clothes, no books, no new toys for the kids. If they couldn't eat it or use it up within a year (toilet paper and shampoo, for example), they wouldn't buy it.
Filled with humorous wit, curious statistics, and poignant conclusions, the book examines modern America's spending habits and chronicles the highs and lows of dropping out of our consumer culture. As the family bypasses the checkout line to wrestle with the challenges of gift giving, child rearing, and keeping up with the Joneses, they discover important truths about human nature and the secret to finding true joy. The Year without a Purchase offers valuable food for thought for anyone who has ever wanted to reduce stress by shopping less and living more.
I really admire the Dannemiller family. Scott and Gabby have a great relationship with each other and have an undying faith. When they were first married they spent a year serving in Guatemala. After coming back to the states they began to realize they were falling back into the American way of life of getting things because they wanted them more than needed them. While trying to find a way to get back to their family motto they decide to not buy anything for a year. They do set a few rules that become challenging as the year goes on. Scott is funny and is great at laughing at himself.