This book was my first into the "Green" arena as a Christ-follower.
I believe as a follower of God, our Creator, we are to care for this beautiful ball of mud just like He asked us to do--Manage or "nurture" the earth. But I'll admit I've often squirmed when zealous "tree-hugger types" have taken things to such an extreme that trees and spotted owls become more precious than human lives. I still don't get that, I'll admit. So, at times, I have over-reacted with a lack of great concern for how we're caring for (or not) our planet.
It's from that perspective that I write a positive review on Michael Abbate's book.
Using the gardening theme, Abbate gives us gardening principles and then, more practically, gives us 50 gardening tips from healthy eating to wise transportation decisions to home conservation. His book is filled with practical tips, statistics, illustrations and websites. It is more of a Green 101 book for the evangelical trying to find his way in the conversation but having trouble getting traction.
At times I wanted to put the book down but about that time a good story would remind me why this is so relevant.
Also, he comes from the perspective that global warming is real and relevant, though he acknowledges that how much is man-made is still hotly debated. Nevertheless, he rightly asserts that we have a stewardship issue as God's people weather there is a global warming problem or not.
I recommend this to those who are trying to get up to speed on creation care and what are we as Christ-followers supposed to do about that. Clearly we have some serious catching up to do!