Is Compulsive Shopping Misdirected Longing for God?

I’ve often wondered (with a little cynicism) what would happen to our economy if Christians learned the secret of deep contentment in the love of God.  It might not be pretty.  Our consumer culture requires and nurtures chronic discontentment to keep us in the game.  This post by my “friend” Christopher West tells an interesting story of a young college student at Taylor University who connected the dots between her shopping compulsion, her love of beauty, and her longing for God.  See what you think.  I like the fact that this insight doesn’t ladle out guilt, but demonstrates how, like most of our struggles, this too is rooted in a legitimate God-given desire seeking satisfaction in the wrong place.

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