Mark Scandrette: have less. live more.
Author Mark Scandrette joins Faith Radio Mornings to talk about his new book Free: Spending Your Time and Money on the Things that Matter Most.
People everywhere are waking up to the reality that the American dream is, well, not so dreamy. Having a bigger house, super-size portions and all the latest toys can lead to an unsustainable mortgage, poor health and crushing debt. And it’s not just rampant spending that’s the problem; we don’t seem to be able to manage our time very effectively either. As Americans we are near the top of the heap in wealth and productivity, but somehow we still feel strapped. What is going on?
“The scripts we’ve inherited about material prosperity are wearing us out, robbing our joy and destroying the planet,” explains Mark Scandrette, founding director of ReIMAGINE, a center for integral Christian practice based in San Francisco. So is another way possible?
The life of Mark and his wife, Lisa, demonstrates the answer is yes. The Scandrettes managed to buy a home, raise a family and finally live debt-free in the most expensive city in the United States, and they exude a refreshing hopefulness about the possibility of actually living out the “abundant life” Jesus offers to his followers.
“Simplicity is one of the vows of the intentional community we helped form and participate in,” Mark explains. “Seven years ago we began leading workshops on simple living and invited participants into practice-based groups where they were supported as they took steps to simplify their lives. Over the years we developed and refined the six-week curriculum used in those groups, which is the basis for the tasks and exercises contained in these pages.”Embracing simplicity in order to live a life worth living is the theme that animates Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most, Mark and Lisa’s eminently practical guide to developing greater financial freedom, a more sustainable lifestyle and the ability to pursue a life of deeper meaning and purpose. Mark and Lisa outline seven steps to help readers clarify their own life vision and values and develop the practical skills needed to align their time and money with their deeper longings:
- Name what matters most to you.
- Value and align your time.
- Practice gratitude and trust.
- Believe you have enough.
- Create a spending plan.
- Maximize your resources.
- Live generously and spend wisely.
Mark goes in-depth on the book on Faith Radio Mornings with Ted and PK: