Satisfied: Discovering Contentment In A World Of Consumption by Jeff ManionSatisfied: Discovering Contentment In A World Of Consumption by Jeff Manion

Satisfied: Discovering Contentment In A World Of Consumption

byJeff Manion

Paperback | January 7, 2014

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The Counter-Cultural Move from Accumulation to Abundance

Why is it so hard to find the contented, satisfied life? What deep hungers drive our purchasing habits, accumulation, and consumer lifestyle?

Satisfied is for those drowning in debt, but also those getting farther and farther ahead financially. It is for those who have forgotten who they are and mistakenly equate their self-worth with their net worth. It is for those who are crippled by comparison. It is for those with full closets and empty souls.

Satisfied provides an inspiring and transformative vision for living a deeply contented life in our consumer-driven culture.

“Jeff Manion’s voice is such a wise, clear, helpful voice, and I’m so thankful for the timely and challenging invitation he’s issued in these pages. I’m inspired to live more richly with fewer things, and to pursue gratitude and generosity with more intention.” –Shauna Niequist, author of Bread and Wine

Jeff Manion ( is the senior pastor of Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for over thirty years, and is the author of The Land Between and Satisfied. His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way. Jeff enjoys running...
Title:Satisfied: Discovering Contentment In A World Of ConsumptionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.1 × 5.94 × 0.6 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310328357

ISBN - 13:9780310328353


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Satisfied : Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption This is what I learned from Satisfied. It has changed my perspective on some things and I think it is worth the read, I'm actually considering reading it again, and trying to convince my husband to read it too! Satisfied is about finding Biblical Direction in order to live a deep spiritual life while living in a shallow and materialistic society. We should be living a counter-cultural lifestyle. We should be content in every circumstance because when you are content your hear is satisfied, and not just a shallow satisfaction, your heart should be full of joy and be filled with deep peace even and especially when we don't get what we want. So, you want to simplify your life but not simply live with less but have a satisfied life without the excess. One of the big hurdles of living a contented life is comparison. You can be totally satisfied with all you have but as soon as you notice that your neighbor has more and better, it's harder to be happy with your own lot. Envy becomes overwhelming and brings on temptation and uncontempt. This is when you need to find your identity because your identity is your behavior. And having an identity in Christ defines that you are not abandoned, not betrayed, not deserted. You should not define yourself by the obstacles you have faced, but by Christ, who took you in and claimed you. But we also must not take what we do have for granted. Being arrogant is not the right way. You should neither forget your identity. Do not place your trust in your things, your job, your stuff, put your trust in Jesus. Also, acts of service will keep you humble if you do slip in to arrogance. It will help you put your focus on others instead of being self-centered. Be willing to share. That's what it comes down to. Train yourself to give, without holding back. Trust that no matter how bad the situation might be, if your trust is in God, He will provide your needs for you. Maybe not your wants, but your needs will be covered. But beware, your spiritual reliance might decline if you become more comfortable.
Date published: 2014-04-29