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Richard Foster’s Guidelines for Simplicity

Posted on: January 11, 2014


Richard Foster’s Guidelines for Simplicity

  1. Buy things for their usefulness rather than their status
  2. Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you
  3. Develop a habit of giving things away
  4. Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry
  5. Learn to enjoy things without owning them
  6. Develop a deeper appreciation for the creation
  7. Look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes
  8. Obey Jesus’ instructions about plain, honest speech
  9. Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others
  10. Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the kingdom of God

“May God give you – and me – the courage, the wisdom, the strength always to hold the kingdom of God as the number one priority of our lives. To do so, is to live in simplicity” Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

Renovare is based on the teachings of Foster and the late Dallas Willard. Renovare produces the occasional podcast Simplicity: Spiritual Development. The hosts repeat Foster’s guidelines at the beginning of each podcast. The guidelines are quite practical. Renovare and the podcast focus more on spirituality than practical simpler living. I look forward to each episode. I subscribed through iTunes.

Foster has written several seminal simple living works, such as Celebration of Discipline (chapter 6) and Freedom of Simplicity. Foster’s guidelines supplement the Five Life Standards of Living More with Less.

A handy list of simplicity resources from the Quakers.

What’s Now

  • Living More with Less UPDATED – Jan. 1 Podcast – Interview with the editor of the 30th Anniversary Edition of this seminal book for modern faith-based voluntary simplicity. MennoMedia BLOG about SLW! Podcast
  • New Year, New Daily Inspiration: free Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – Jan. 1 Blog
  • 40th Anniversary: Non-Sentimental Journey We celebrated Alternatives’ 40 years of service in modest, curious ways, such as 2003: A Dome OdysseyReader Comment: (addressed to Pete, producer of most of Alternatives’ Iowa electronic resources): Watched the dome odyssey off of the Simple Living Works website. I laughed until I cried. That video is the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. You are so talented! — Elysha

What’s Coming

  • Let’s Get Ready for a Simple, More Meaningful Lent & Easter – Jan. 15 SLW! Podcast
  • Social Media Supplement to Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists Shy or Bold – Feb. 1 SLW! Podcast

What’s Happened

  • Explaining Santa to My Granddaughter – Reader Comment: Great job! I laughed out loud. The story you told about talking to her about Santa was CLASSIC! –E.R.I., Flagstaff, AZ

What Others Are Doing

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2 Responses to "Richard Foster’s Guidelines for Simplicity"

Would it be okay, if I share Richard Fosters 10 Points on my blog with an added link to this post?

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