The quintessence of Dannemiller’s faith-based book is that experience builds
relationship and as such outlives material goods. His accountis thought
provoking and inspirational. I like the idea he picked up from President Obama, a family dinnertime game called Thorns and Roses. Each person shares a
good moment from his day and a not so good moment. As the Dannemiller family
incorporates the game into their challenge, they begin to treasure their daily
experiences. They also learn a deterrent to buying more: gratitude, for what they already own.
To align with their original mission to live life on purpose, with purpose,
the Dannemiller’s set three rules. They allow themselves to buy groceries, gas, and hygiene
products, get broken stuff fixed and give gifts as long as they are in
the form charitable donations or experiences. Gabby, the author’s wife, calculates the family’s charitable donations at the end of the year. To the young couple's surprise, they have given more, while simultaneously reaping more togetherness. In the long run, the family
gets creative. When their young child is invited to a
birthday party, they brainstorm and put together the contents of
a science experiment they find online along with the instructions as
a birthday gift. The gift is a hit!
This is a very funny and honest book. The author is forthright about his
personal challenges—realizing at one point that he is eating to make up for
not being able to buy things.