In 2012 Baptist World Aid Australia released my first book, The End of Greed. Consuming as if God, People and the Planet Matter. In it I argue that our habit of acquiring more is damaging our relationships with God, eroding our generosity, exploiting people in poorer countries, wreaking havoc on the planet and inflicting suffering on animals. But there is a better way, a Christ-shaped consuming that embodies love for God, people, the planet and our fellow creatures.
In The End of Greed Scott Higgins has set out to deal with Christians attitude to consumption and the influence of materialistic western culture. Scott brings to the topic solid Biblical foundations, philosophical sense, harrowing examples and practical solutions to create a book that will be immensely helpful for any individual or church community.
This is a thoroughly readable book, which is at times a little distressing, as its content challenges and requires response. It would have been easier if we could dismiss it in the “too dull to matter” category, but this is simply not possible. Though readable, it is never shallow, and while the scope of its concern is broad, it is not simplistic. It reflects good theology which is well applied and richly relevant for both the church and the marketplace. I resonate with the suggestion that we “redefine ‘getting ahead’ as giving more rather than getting more” (20), and appreciate some of the practical suggestions to help make this happen.
I hope that this book finds a wide readership, for it deals with topics that matter. It provides more than enough content for a stimulating sermon series, or to keep home groups discussing into the small hours of the morning. Hopefully at some point we will stop the chatter, and start to implement some of the attainable small steps suggested.
Scott Higgins in ‘The End of Greed’ engages the reader with confronting stories and compelling Biblical perspectives about how we live in today’s world and then challenges followers of Jesus to take action to make a difference in our world and to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. This is a down to earth book about seeing the kingdom of God come on earth. I reckon it is a must read for people and pastors! It provides outstanding material for sermons and group studies but more than that it demands an action response. Allow God to stretch you and bless your world by reading ‘End of Greed’.