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Ten Ways to Battle the Beast We Helped Create

In When More is Not Enough Amy Sullivan challenges families to give their children what they need, instead of what they want. In a world driven by more, the book empowers families to write a new script, one of giving.

    “This book examines one simple idea that has the potential to save our youth from the weak generation so many have deemed them to be: Generosity”

  1. Engage in dinner table dialogue around the needs in your community and the world.
  2. Champion each member of your family’s unique and individual gifts. Our stories often shape where our hearts are deeply rooted.
  3. Pray about current events and people groups that are far in proximity from your own family. Widening our vision to a bigger world creates space to give.
  4. Consider forgiveness as an act of service.
  5. Refrain from filling every moment of your family’s schedule. Leave space for one another and for others.
  6. Accept reciprocity, if you are serving, allow others to serve you. The best service is an act of equal exchange.
  7. Set giving goals together. Work as a family to raise an amount of money to give to something you all feel connected to, or find two new places to serve in the coming year.
  8. Prayerfully consider your own consumption. In small steps adjust accordingly, whether that means acting responsibly for the environment, purchasing in fair trade, or engaging in simpler living.
  9. Create more than you consume- this idea is from Amy’s husband Shane. Kids are watching…our modeling makes a difference.
  10. From Amy’s daughter, Amelia, spend time together having fun as a family. Serving together can be fun!

Amy shares many more ideas to combat self-absorption and entitlement in her book. The encouragement within the pages means even more as all the profits go to Transformation Village. This ministry supports women, children, and intact families with housing and job training. Transformation Village is a ministry of Asheville-Buncombe Community Ministry.


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