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Publishers Description The Creator has called us to care for life, His creation. Unfortunately, many evangelical Christians have decided that value has too much political baggage attached to it and have forsaken caring for God's creation. In this book, pastor and author Tri Robinson clearly shows the biblical mandate for environmental stewardship--and how doing so will change the world around us.
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Tri Robinson is the founding pastor of the Vineyard Boise Church and author of Saving God's Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship and Small Footprint, Big Handprint: How to Live Simply and Love Extravagantly. Tri and his wife, Nancy, manage an eighty-acre farmstead at the base of Timber Butte, about an hour from Boise, Idaho. Jason Chatraw is a young writer, speaker, and creative thinker who serves with Tri Robinson at Vineyard Boise Church. He has written for "Christian Single," "Relevant," "Home Life," "Stand Firm," "The Brink," "Leading the Way," and" Sports Spectrum," among others, and has coauthored or ghost-written twelve books. Jason lives in Boise with his wife, Janel, and their two young daughters.
Tri Robinson was born in 1948.
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Saving God's Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church's Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship Dec 23, 2009
A well written missive. Growing up in Christian/Farmer home and while spending nearly 40 years in the environmental industry, I've ALWAYS believed that it has always been mankind's responsibility to "walk lightly" through the earth...managing the environment responsibly has been a root instinct--because I'm a Christian, of Farmer roots deep in the soil of the Midwest, and lastly because of my chosen career path.
Pastor Robinson presents the case for "visible" leadership in the environmental arena by Christians--which is seen by many as a dance among strange bedfellows. This missive presents the case that environmental leadership by the Church should be a natural response and opens channels of communication within the community that have been closed due to mistrust and misunderstanding.
Simple but informative Jul 10, 2009
This is a very simple, readable approach to environmental issues in the world today and necessary response of the body of Christ in the church to such issues. If it is read as a good introduction to the issues and a book to create awareness, it will be seen as insightful and helpful. If you are looking for an in-depth analysis of environmental concerns, you will be disappointed, but i think the book does a good job of encouraging the Christian church to wake up and recognize the responsibility we have to look deeper and be a part of restoring the incredible gift of creation God has given. The practical tips in the back are a good way to begin small lifestyle changes at an individual and corporate level and hopefully inspire the reader to dig deeper into the issues. There has been far too little teaching in the church about the state of the environment and too much conflict with those outside the church, and it is nice to see a leader taking a stand and trying to help others along in the process.
Kindle edition is awful Jun 16, 2009
The Kindle version is a mess. It's obviously machine scanned with so many egregious errors that it's difficult to read. The Kindle version is not worth paying money for.
This book is a good for Christians who are unaware of the important Christian teaching about care for the environment and/or who think environmentalism is a leftist political agenda. Robinson teaches an important lesson about separating the political rhetoric from the message of Scripture regarding Christian environmental consciousness. So for some Christian readers this is an important contribution. But beyond that, it is weak in substance.
Turning Over a New Leaf Apr 24, 2008
I have never read a book quite like this one. I expected a quasi-Christian tree hugging manifesto, but instead got a balanced biblical view of environmental stewardship. In a time in which environmentalism is connected with a liberal political agenda, the author does a terrific job of calling the church back to an appreciation of God's world. Two of his personal stories (finding Jesus in the eyes of a deer and the Holy Spirit in a canyon wind) could have been omitted, but the premise of the book is still challenging. The environment is not a political issue, and Christian conservatives can be environmentalists, too.
The author correctly asserts that Christians can reach people with the Gospel by being involved in environmental causes. One recent example is Ted Turner's softening toward the Christian faith after realizing how the Lutheran and Methodist churches are fighting malaria in Africa; the man who once called Christianity "a religion for losers" regrets the remarks he has made in the past because of this practical demonstration of God's love.
Like "Small Footprint," this book is of no use to the environmental movement Apr 5, 2008
The book might make some people feel good about being a green curious Christian, but the problem is, in order to be pro environment, you have to actually contribute to positive environmental change. Recycling more and turning off the lights may be, for some, practical advice, but it's about as watered down as you can get as an advocate of "God's Green Earth." Without addressing the hand that corporations and governments have had in environmental disaster, the Pastor plays it safe in the most destructive way possible. With such a hopeful title, he is positioned to make money off of people's fears and passions, without making any bold statements that could potentially alienate the members of his church and wider Evangelical community. The message one gets from this book is a sadly cynical one.