Simply Enough Re-issued!
What a thrill and honor that the video “Simply Enough: Straight Talk from Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne on Simply, Just Living” lives on as “Choose Justice: A Daily Lifestyle.” Produced and distributed by World Vision Canada, version 2.0 is indeed a beautiful package and engaging educational tool.
The approach has been changed from a visual dialog with a straightforward Study/Action Guide, to an extensive Conversation Guide with supportive video clips. The vibrant colors and bald list of questions of the original guide, have been replaced with a more extensive, literate guide with more subdued colors. The original music, carefully chosen for each of the six segments, has been replaced with generic music throughout. (From a practical standpoint, this is completely understandable. The new version does not require permissions from the original musicians.)
The Bible verses for each segment have been changed and more contemporary quotations added. My straightforward narration has been removed. Each segment takes five pages in the 40 page guide instead of one page in the 12 page original. The 71 minutes of the original have been reduced to 55 minutes and the 38 minutes of Bonus segments have been dropped.
The beautiful heart of “Simply Enough” remains in “Choose Justice” – the personal, touching stories of Tony and Shane, and the focus on Christian lifestyle, especially as we relate to the poor of the world. The helpful, engaging guide can be copied for group use.
Although the hundreds of left-over copies of “Simply Enough” were sold in bulk when Alternatives was dissolved in 2011, they are not easy to find. Shane’s “The Simple Way” (thesimpleway.org) has a few copies left in their store for $20.
Copies of “Choose Justice” are available at Amazon.ca (for $30 Canadian) and at TheSimpleWay.org/store for $10US.
Though there are no references in the new version to the original producers (my son and I), the adventure of making the video is still online at SimplyLivingWorks.org. There you can find the text of original study/action guide, photos of the crew at the filming, graphics of the original support materials, a link to most of the dropped Bonus Segments, etc.
Thank you, World Vision Canada, for keeping this inspiring educational tool alive!