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The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side of the Fence by [Altrogge, Stephen]
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About the Author

Stephen Altrogge is a freelance writer living in Tallahassee, Florida. He writes regularly at The Blazing Center. He and his wife, Jen, have three daughters.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V9IFTY
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It confirms what us square pegs Have always suspected all along. This was thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking. I look forward to more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable & Rare Jewel 8 July 2011
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While I don't actually remember Mr. Altrogge mentioning lawns or grass mowing and such in his book, he has presented us with a great truth and sage wisdom in his so-called Greener Grass Conspiracy. He describes it this way: "This grand conspiracy of the world, Satan, and my heart is called the Greener Grass Conspiracy." The conspiracy leaves us "always believing that the grass is greener somewhere else, always wishing that things were different, always dreaming of a brighter tomorrow without ever enjoying where God has me today."

This is a great little book that reads quickly and is packed with really great material.

I like to think of it as John Calvin and Jeremiah Burroughs meet Tim Keller and Donald Miller.

The flow of the book moves from a convicting view of our lack of contentment, our inclination toward idolatry and the vanity of King Solomon's life to the true contentment found through the blood of Christ and the Gospel. From there, Altrogge moves to the secret of learning contentment in every situation. Each chapter throughout the book ends with thoughful discussion questions, making it ideal for a group study or individual reflection.

The first four to five chapters will sound really familiar to most readers of contemporary reformed authors such as John Piper, Jerry Bridges, and Tim Keller. Altrogge's conversational style is funny at times and helps the book move along at a refreshing pace.

I'm grateful that he ushers the reader quickly into the second half of the book, because for me this is where I found the real "jewel of contentment," so to speak. Where some books tend to lose steam midway through, The Greener Grass Conspiracy actually hits its stride in the middle.

My favorite chapter was 7: "Some People Have to Learn the Hard Way." At first, I was sure this chapter was only about hard-headed, stiff-necked folks (like me). Instead the chapter was really for all of us. It focuses on the example of Paul in scripture learning to be content in all situations. Contentment is just not our natural disposition since the Fall.

Even though Altrogge quotes Puritans Thomas Watson and Jeremiah Burroughs fairly extensively in the second half, his engaging and approachable style make re-reading these timeless truths enjoyable and rewarding. I would even recomend this one to teens and young adults, feeling sure that they would not be bored, disappointed or alienated by the tone or prose. Overall, I would give the book a full 9 out of 10 stars.

(Disclosure: Thanks to Crossway Books for providing a free review copy!)
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish the contents of the last few chapters came in a little earlier 21 Nov. 2016
By Joshua D. Reitano - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephen Altrogge's The Greener Grass Conspiracy is a book about contentment. Or better, a book about the lack of it. The chapters are well laid out for a survey on the Bible's teaching on this subject, and there are helpful reflection questions at the end of each chapter, which make the book useful for small groups.

But overall, I thought the design of the book outdid the execution. Until the last few chapters which delved more deeply into suffering and disappointment, I felt the book grazed along the surface. Or maybe it was more context. The illustrations and anecdotes seemed to assume a well off, white middle class experience. Maybe I would have felt differently if the final chapters were moved earlier in the book, or if parts of those chapters were trickled in throughout.

That said, there were some moments that both challenged me and moved me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful little book 29 Dec. 2013
By Grant Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a lot of deep as well as popular level theology and this book was a standout among them. It's message has stayed with me for weeks after reading it. The book deals the issue of contentment and how we chase it but it always eludes our grasp. His illustration of the "If Only" game was brilliant! I really identified with it. The examples he used rang true with me. God owes me I've been a good Christian, God is holding out on me, if I got what I wanted I'd be happy and so on. The book challenged me to find my contentment in God alone, in his mercy and grace shown to me in Jesus. Altrogge was on the the money when he said that discontentment isn't about how much or how little stuff we have it's all about misplaced worship! The only gripe I had was with the last chapter, he focused on Heaven as a motivator for finding contentment, and didn't have much to say about Jesus' and our resurrection. Are we going to be whisked off to heaven, raptured into the clouds, or is God going to resurrect this creation, restoring and redeeming it?

That aside I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the book without reservation.
4.0 out of 5 stars Convinces me why we aren't satisfied 26 May 2013
By Paula Vince - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book I've read on seeking contentment. I love the comic drama Stephen Altrogge uses to explain the general human condition of discontentment. It's a conspiracy theory between the world, our hearts and Satan to steal our happiness. They do it by deceiving us into thinking we can find happiness somewhere other than in God. He has a wonderful way of creating word pictures to help us get it. A lot of this book is written with that terrific sort of humour that convicts us in a highly entertaining way.

I loved the description of his coffee shop meeting with King Solomon, who he describes as a combination of Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Donald Trump, Billy Graham, the president and Bill Gates. And it's hard to resist his imagery of idolatry. We hold a baseball-sized diamond in one hand and a mud-encrusted rock in the other. Being forced to choose between the two, we shockingly toss the diamond aside. In future moments of misery, I'll definitely take time to figure out which muddy rock I'm chasing after now. There is a whole chapter on all the reasons we have to be cheerful and grateful which I'm sure will be an instant bad mood buster too.

I was hoping Altrogge would take readers even further. People at many stages of their Christian walk will read this book. He convinces us that we must focus our worship on God alone, then leaves us to ourselves when it comes to figuring out how to love this being who may seem like thin air to many, as He can't be sensed with the five physical senses. Although he touches on this, someone with Stephen Altrogge's writing ability might have done a wonderful job in convincing readers why God is so worthy as a person. Even though this may be the subject of another book, an extra chapter focusing on His names and character may have really rounded this book out.

4.5 stars, I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 27 Dec. 2015
By Anthony Y. - Published on Amazon.com
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I was grateful for this common sense yet biblically based diagnosis and cure for my own frustrating battle with discontentment. Now that I have read it through I plan to re-read, pray and work through the action items at the end of each chapter. My hope, and I am sure many others will agree with my same need, is that Christ will transform my heart into a grateful and contented one that honors and glorifying Him!
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