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Submissions Wanted For New Book On Living Simply and Sustainably


Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Network Joint Release
August 20, 2009
- Staff

WATERLOO, Ont. — What are you doing to live more simply and sustainably?

Are you composting? Are you finding ways to harness the sun’s energy to heat your home? Or maybe you have found new ways to slow down and improve the quality of your life.

Whatever you are doing to make the world a better and more sustainable place to live, the authors of a new Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) book, called Simply Sustainable, want to know.

“This book will be more than learning how to lessen one’s ecological footprint,” says co-author Mark Beach, who is co-author of MPN’s Simply in Season Cookbook for Children.

“It will encourage readers to make choices in their lives based on a value system firmly rooted in a spiritual commitment, connectedness to others, and a sense that we are part of something greater than ourselves.”

For co-author Mary Beth Lind, who also co-authored MPN’s Simply in Season cookbook, Simply Sustainable is a logical extension of that earlier book.

“Using local seasonal foods was just one step on a longer journey,” she says. “It continues with thinking about how we carry the principles of caring for creation and community into all of our lives—not just food. Simply Sustainable is that next step.”

Like previous MPN books such as More With Less and Simply in Season, Simply Sustainable will also draw on the wisdom of people around the globe. Categories people can write about include food; cleaning; energy conservation; fair trade; money and barter; recycling; physical, spiritual and mental health; and more.

“The goal is to help people meet the challenges facing the earth and our communities by offering realistic alternatives to many of the consumer choices they make everyday,” says Lind.

Simply Sustainable is scheduled for release in the fall of 2010. To make a submission, or to learn more about the book, go to

Mennonite Publishing Network is the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.