Monday, April 20, 2009

On tour with Michael Abbate for Earth Week

What a wonderful book I've stumbled across, combining faith and conserving the planet. Gardening Eden: How Creation Care Will Change Your Faith, Your Life, and Our World is written by Michael Abbate, with a foreword by Randy Alcorn.

The summary (which is much better put than I could ever write) is as follows, with my thoughts following that:

Before the snake, the apple, and the Ten Commandments, God created a garden, placed humans in it, and told them to take care of it.

“Spiritual environmentalism” did not start out as an oxymoron—it was an invitation. Yet today, many believe God’s original job description for humankind has been replaced by other worthier pursuits. So when did this simple instruction become so controversial? How does one sort through all the mixed messages? Is making the world a healthier place for the next generation really a responsibility—or even possible?

Gardening Eden is a new understanding of how the spiritual dimensions of life can find expression and renewal through caring for our incredible planet. Empowering, simple, and never polemical, Michael AbbatĂ© outlines the Bible’s clear spiritual benefits of caring for creation, exploring new motivations and inspired ideas, and revealing the power of our basic connection to all people and living things through the growing interest in spiritual environmentalism.

Green living is no longer a fad—simple lifestyle solutions are now available to everyone. Gardening Eden shows readers how this shift transforms not only our world, but their very souls as they’re drawn into deeper harmony with the Creator. This book invites them to discover the powerful spiritual satisfaction of heeding the call to save our world.

At some points I thought Gardening Eden was a tad bit dry, but overall author makes the topic extremely intriguing. He also included some great Bible verses, each of which really made me think about the underlying meanings...taken literally or figuratively, each pertains to us caring for our Earth, because in reality it isn't even ours. It's God's Earth.

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters" (Psalm 24: 1-2)

"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible..."(Colossians 1: 16)
"The the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east... The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it." (Genesis 2: 8, 15)
"Because of this the land mourns and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying." (Hosea 4:3)

Overall, a pretty good, interesting read. A great choice for libraries and for my celebration of Earth week!!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon OR follow this link to Random House:

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