While trying to get a grip on his relationship with "stuff," Alexx Campbell spent 40 days giving away an object a day.
It was Lent 2000 and Campbell, then a high-school freshman in San Anselmo, Calif., was faced with co-authoring a chapter called "Stuff" for Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens (Upper Room, 2002).
"[Giving away stuff] was really hard for me to do," said Campbell during an author panel this summer at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center near Chelan, Wash. "People wouldn't want to take the stuff. They thought it was a trick. I was afraid of having nothing left, but as I gave it away, I realized I could live without it. It was cleansing."
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