The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture

The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture

Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (first place, backlist beauty).

Do you ever feel caught in an endless cycle of working harder and longer to get more while enjoying life less? The Stewart family did—and they decided to make a radical change. Popular Catholic blogger and podcaster Haley Stewart explains how a year-long internship on a sustainable farm changed her family’s life for the better, allowing them to live gospel values more intentionally.

When Haley Stewart married her bee-keeping sweetheart, Daniel, they dreamed of a life centered on home and family. But as the children arrived and Daniel was forced to work longer hours at a job he liked less and less, they dared to break free from the unending cycle of getting more yet feeling unfufilled. They sold their Florida home and retreated to Texas to live on a farm with a compost toilet and 650 square feet of space for a family of five. Surprisingly, they found that they had never been happier.

In The Grace of Enough, Stewart shares essential elements of intentional Christian living that her family discovered during that extraordinary year on the farm and that they continue to practice today. You, too, will be inspired to:

live simply
offer hospitality
revive food culture and the family table
reconnect with the land
nurture community
prioritize beauty
develop a sense of wonder
be intentional about technology
seek authentic intimacy
center life around home, family, and relationships
Drawing from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, Stewart identifies elements of Catholic social teaching that will enhance your life and create a ripple effect of grace to help you overcome the effects of today’s “throwaway” culture and experience a deeper satisfaction and stronger faith.

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  • Marissa

    Thank you to @avemariapress for the free advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and and Living More in a Throwaway Culture by Haley Stewart 3/5 starsT...

  • Thom Behrens

    I liked this book a lot! I, like the author, lived in an Intentional Catholic farming community for a year, and it was one of the best, most life-giving, spiritually fruitful years of my life. I have ...

  • Taryn

    I absolutely loved this book. When I first received my review copy, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I've read a lot of "less" books and while I thought I might be receiving a different perspect...

  • Camille Maio

    I had great anticipation for this book and it did not disappoint. As we, too, were drawn toward simplicity and making radical changes in our life, the Stewart family lived it to an even bigger extreme...

  • Lidija

    A book on building an intentionally simple life. It is practical and encouraging enough to inspire life-changing action. It is written in a "bloggy" style, which is not my favorite and I do wish she w...

  • Carissa Pluta

    You can read my full review here.I LOVED this book. The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture is a seriously enjoyable read-I picked it up one morning around a campfire...

  • Carmen Liffengren

    3.5 StarsThe Grace of Enough explores intentional living in a throwaway culture filtered through the lens of Catholic social teaching and the Gospel. Stewart family approached simplicity and intention...

  • Ann Warren

    It started out pretty repetitive but definitely redeemed itself by the end. It’s a hope-filled book that really challenges me to think about how my family is being intentional about living out the g...

  • Sarah

    I am so on board with this book! I think the ideas in it about living meaningfully and simply are important to hear, especially when it's so easy to become immersed in the typical contemporary America...

  • Maureen

    3.5 stars - some great insights about how to be more intentional in the way you choose to live, especially as a young family. It was a bit repetitive for me and I would’ve liked to hear more stories...