Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation

God is reconciling all things in heaven and on earth. We are alienated not only from one another, but also from the land that sustains us. Our ecosystems are increasingly damaged, and human bodies are likewise degraded. Most of us have little understanding of how our energy is derived or our food is produced, and many of our current industrialized practices are both unhealthy for our bodies and unsustainable for the planet. Agriculturalist Fred Bahnson and theologian Norman Wirzba declare that in Christ, God reconciles all bodies into a peaceful, life-promoting relationship with one another.Because human beings are incarnated in material, bodily existence, we are necessarily interdependent with plants and animals, land and sea, heaven and earth. The good news is that redemption is cosmic, with implications for agriculture and ecology, from farm to dinner table. Bahnson and Wirzba describe communities that model cooperative practices of relational life, with local food production, eucharistic eating and delight in God’s provision. Reconciling with the land is a rich framework for a new way of life. Read this book to start down the path to restoring shalom and experiencing Jesus’ kingdom of shared abundance, where neighbors are fed and all receive enough. Purchase a copy!

Year of Plenty

In 2008, Pastor Craig Goodwin and his young family embarked on a year-long experiment to consume only what was local, used, homegrown, or homemade. In Year of Plenty, Goodwin shares the winsome story of how an average suburban family stumbled onto the cultural cutting edge of locavores, backyard chickens, farmers markets, simple living, and going green. More than that, it is the timely tale of Christians exploring the intersections of faith, environment, and everyday life. This humorous yet profound book comes at just the right time for North American Christians, who are eager to engage the growing interest in the environmental movement and the quandaries of modern consumer culture. For more information, check out Rev. Goodwin”s blog at www.yearofplenty.org or purchase a copy.

 

Green Revolution

We are facing planet-sized challenges. Climate change and environmental crises can be pretty immobilizing, and we can fall into the temptation of thinking that we can”t make a difference. But it”s not just about what we can do on our own to make a difference. It”s about what we can do when we mobilize together as a movement and combine for community action.

Ben Lowe calls the present generation to come together and care for the earth in a way that recent generations have not. Telling real-life stories of community organizing on college campuses across the nation, Lowe shows us that little things can make a big difference when we all work together. We now have an opportunity to show the world what it looks like when Christians care for the planet God gave us, so that future generations can live sustainably. This is our moment. This is our issue. Come join the green revolution.

Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community

In eight visionary or polemical essays, Berry sounds the themes of decentralization, renewal of community and ecological awareness that inform his previous books. Assailing the U.S. government”s role in the Persian Gulf War, the Kentucky poet/farmer/conservationist calls for the creation of a peace academy and urges Americans to “waste less, spend less, use less, want less, need less.” He condemns the Reagan and Bush administrations” international trade policies that, in Berry”s view, bring many nations” health and safety standards under the influence of agribusiness. Although he is critical of smoking, his strained defense of U.S. governmental assistance to tobacco growers who agree to limit production may gladden cigarette smokers and anger their opponents. In the title essay, Berry interprets the charges made by Anita Hill at Clarence Thomas”s confirmation hearing as a symptom of community disintegration, then goes on to consider sexual candor and community limits on free speech.

Saving God’s Green Earth

For hundreds of years, the church championed the beauty of God’s creation, demonstrating in many ways how it points to the Creator. However, over the last century, the evangelical church has let the value of caring for creation slip away. Author and pastor Tri Robinson makes a compelling case for the biblical mandate behind environmental stewardship and shows the church what it can do about this eroding value. Through sharing both his own personal story and the story of his church in response to environmental concerns, Robinson clearly shows how important this value is and how effective it is in showing others the Creator. Not only does Robinson inspire the reader to care for the environment, he reveals a clear pathway to making the value of environmental stewardship real in both the life of the reader and the Christian community in which he or she is involved.

Green, American Style

From soccer moms to CEOs, Americans of all stripes are finding their footing in the green movement. Are you curious about earth-friendly living but confused by the hype? Green, Amerian Style offers practical advice for saving money, getting healthy and protecting your future. You”ll discover how our families, our businesses and our communities can lead the change by simply conserving and sustaining our most precious resources. One person can make a difference: this book will show you how and why.

Living More With Less

Written in 1980, before living simply and “green” became trendy and popular, Living More with Less was a practical guide for living in simple, sustainable, and healthy ways—ways that keep the future of the planet, and the plight of poor people, in mind.

Thirty years later, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition is being released as a way to celebrate and honor Longacre, who died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 39, before she could complete the original manuscript.

In addition to Doris” original reflections on themes such as doing justice, learning from the world community, cherishing the natural order, and experiments in nonconformity, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition contains new and updated essays, reflections, inspiration and practical tips in areas such as money, homekeeping, gardening, cooking, clothing, transportation and technology. Click here for sample tips and ideas from the book.

Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition collects the wisdom and experience of those who live with less than a consumer culture says we need. With stories, reflections, and advice from people around the world who are making changes to their daily habits in response to climate change and global poverty, Living More with Less 30th Anniversary Edition is a vibrant collection of testimonies, old and new, of those who are discovering the joy of living with enough.

Or, to put it another way, it”s a cookbook for life.