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Resources shed light on beating materialism

12/2/2002 News media contact: Tim Tanton · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn.

NOTE: This is a sidebar to UMNS story #557.

By Julie K. Buzbee*

Watch more about it

"Affluenza," PBS, 1998, produced by John de Graaf
"Escape from Affluenza," followup documentary, hosted by Wanda Urbanski, co-author of Simple Living
"Curing Affluenza," a six-part video series featuring the Rev. Tony Campolo
"Break Forth Into Joy! Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle," video available from Alternatives for Simple Living (800) 821-6153

Read more about it

The Bible. See Matthew 19:21; Mark 10; Luke 9:25, 12:15; Acts 20:35 and 1 John 3:17-18.
Affluenza, published 2001, by John de Graaf
Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence, by Jessie O'Neill
Subverting Greed: Religious Perspectives on the Global Economy, Paul F. Knitter and Chandra Muzaffar, editors
Simple Living Oasis magazine, or (206) 464-4800
United Methodist Book of Resolutions, pages 88 and 482
The New Creation: John Wesley's Theology Today, by the Rev. Theodore Runyon
The Portion of the Poor: Good News to the Poor in the Wesleyan Tradition, edited by M. Douglas Meeks
Books on simple living and related topics available from Alternatives for Simple Living, (712) 274-8875 or (800) 821-6153

Quiz yourself

To find out if you have affluenza, go to and take the quiz.

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*Buzbee is a journalist residing in St. Joseph, Mo.

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