This groundbreaking book examines the relationship between the development of the consumer society and the rise of collecting by individuals and institutions. Rusell Belk considers how and why people collect, as individuals, corporations and museums, and the impact this collecting has on us and our culture.
Collecting in a Consumer Society outlines the history of museum collecting from ancient civilizations to the present. It also looks at aspects of consumer culture - advertizing, department stores, mass merchandizing, consumer desires, and how this relates to the activity of collecting.
Collecting in a Consumer Society is the first book to focus on collecting as material consumption. This is a provocative and engaging book, essential reading for anyone involved with the process of collecting.
As believers, our desire is to follow the Lord more closely and to understand His Word for maximum impact in our lives. Occasionally, however, we find ourselves not even knowing the right questions to ask or the best way to approach Scripture in search of answers. "Back to the Basics: A Guide for Christian Living" is not a lofty theological work, nor is it an academic commentary. Instead, using simple language, Pastor Joe Quatrone, Jr. addresses intriguing questions; such as: Why must there be consequences to actions? What are the benefits of waiting for God's will and how would I even know what that is? How can I stand strong in my faith against society's ungodly pressures? How does my relationship from the past affect my relationship with God now? Is there a secret to contentment? How can I be secure in my salvation? What happens when I die? "Back to the Basics: A Guide for Christian Living" is a great down to earth guide to basic Christian principles. Each concept is explained clearly without a lot of confusing doctrine and theology. If you are unsure of every part of your faith, a new Christian, want your faith shaken up, or have questions and no answers, then try this book. It will help bring Scripture to life, make sense of the hard questions, and enhance your understanding of the way life was meant to be lived.
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