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 Family-Centered Economies That Have Stood the Test of Time
by Rory Groves

With over thirty thousand occupations currently in existence, workers today face a bewildering array of careers from which to choose, and upon which to center their lives. But there is more at stake than just a paycheck.

For too long, work has driven a wedge between families, dividing husband from wife, father from son, mother from daughter, and family from home. Building something that will last requires a radically different approach than is common or encouraged today.

In Durable Trades, Groves uncovers family-centered professions that have endured the worst upheavals in history—including the Industrial Revolution—and continue to thrive today. Through careful research and thoughtful commentary, Groves offers another way forward to those looking for a more durable future.

"Not every book is necessary--not by a long shot--but Durable Trades is necessary."

--Wendell Berry

"Mr. Groves recovers a profound truth: a job is not an end in itself; it is rather one means--and only one means--toward building a rich and satisfying life, toward human flourishing."

--Allan C. Carlson, editor of The Natural Family: An International Journal of Research and Policy

"Since the publications of Man of the House and The Household and the War for the Cosmos, a number of people have asked me for additional help--especially when it comes to the matter of 'What can I do now?' Rory has the book for them. Durable Trades is a book designed to help people identify trades that can be held by households--household-friendly trades, you could say--as well as trades that are likely to remain viable for the foreseeable future. His book merits your consideration."

--C. R. Wiley, author of Man of the House and The Household and the War for the Cosmos

"Rory Groves lays down a solid foundation in proving the durability and economic value of certain basic skills in the marketplace over time. Peruse the trades he names and ask whether you would care to be without the practical services they provide. Because those services are essential they are in high demand. Hence, the people who become expert in them are well-paid. An excellent formula for their economic well-being. . . . Durable Trades is a durable read."

--Mike Cheney, author of One With Everything

"This book should be in every home and school library. Rory profoundly evaluates and articulates the significant impact that the Industrial Revolution had--and continues to have--on society and culture. One is awakened to how much, as a culture, we have paid for 'convenience.'"

--Paul Gautschi, master gardener and originator of the Back to Eden gardening method

"Here is a preeminently relevant, strategic, and helpful book for families in the twenty-first century! With the extreme instability and upheaval that so characterize the debt-laden world economy today, Christian families will need such a resource as this to both survive and thrive."

--Kevin Swanson, Generations Radio

"An excellent introductory guidebook, the first foray into making the Christian Family-Work Movement a practical reality for ordinary people."

--Catholic World Report

"Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, thoughtful and thought-provoking, Durable Trades is especially and unreservedly recommended."

--Midwest Book Review

"The book has a prescient and nearly prophetic voice, as is often the case when reminding people of forgotten truths."

--Hearth & Field

"Even if you're not searching for potential new careers, Durable Trades is a great read, describing how our fragile economies have compromised other values in life and offers discussion on ways to refocus on our jobs, families, and communities."

--Countryside & Small Stock Journal

"Beautifully written, and timely. . . an outstanding work that will inspire individuals, families, and communities."

--The Repository Project

About the Author:

Rory Groves is a technology consultant and founder of multiple software businesses. Several years ago he moved his family from the city to the country to begin the journey towards a more durable way of life. Rory and his wife Becca now reside in southern Minnesota where they farm, raise livestock, host workshops, and homeschool their five children.

318 pages

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