Gardening Eden: How Creation Care Will Change Your Faith, Your Life, and Our World - eBook  -     By: Michael Abbate
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Gardening Eden: How Creation Care Will Change Your Faith, Your Life, and Our World - eBook

WaterBrook Press / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780307446008
ISBN-13: 9780307446008
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All of creation comes from our Lord’s hand. Yet we Christians often treat this teeming, glorious creation as if it is our personal play toy to be handled in any way that suits our momentary whim. In Gardening Eden, acclaimed environmental speaker and founder of GreenWorks, a distinguished landscape architecture design firm, Mike Abbate decisively grips the readers’ attention as he discusses the scripturally-based arguments for the grand and joyous responsibility Christian’s have to obey God’s injunction to take care of our planet.

He delineates this responsibility in five themes: What God made is good; God loves the world He created; What God made is God’s, not ours; Everything was created to glorify God; and, God appointed us stewards. Along the way Abbate shares his insights into many facets of environmental care with special emphasis on how it is not a liberal agenda to be ignored by Christian conservatives. Following this deep, involved, intriguing discussion, Abbate considers spiritual and active ways we can care for our Lord’s creation. He lists both commonly heard ideas, such as your carbon footprint, and many new ones based on Christian thinking, such as compassion for our neighbors.

Author Mike Abbate exemplifies Psalms 111:2, “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” His enthusiasm for this heart-felt subject and his love for his Lord beams from the pages of Gardening Eden. As I read this book I found myself stopping often to ponder the ideas. Gardening Eden has encouraged me to look for more information, which the closing list of resources handsomely abet. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    This book was very helpful for me. The first part is a background of God's work and our responsibility to this planet. I loved the analogy of people here on earth as gardeners. The second part is practical , with many ideas on how to be good gardeners of our planet. The author does not pretend that it's easy and that everything works, but he does cover a lot of territory in his book, and does it very well. The book has influenced me a great deal and I have become more mindful of what I buy and how I live.
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    April 21, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    Gardening Eden by Michael Abbate is a thoughtful response to global warming and Christianity. Global warming has been a hot topic on the news for the last several years, and the Church's response has varied from disdainful denial to eager embrace of the news. Abbate takes the stance that whether you believe that the world is suffering from major climate change or not, God gave dominion of the earth to mankind during Creation, and that requires us to be good stewards of the earth's resources. He gives weight to the various arguments against environmentalism, and takes a common sense approach to how Christians should act. The world is a beautiful creation on which every single thing belongs to God, and it's our responsibility to take good care of it, and that means making changes in our everyday lives. Abbate includes big and small ways to be more green, including some easy changes. I try to bring reusable bags every time I go grocery shopping, and I've become a lot more careful about how much driving I do in my gas-guzzling van. Abbate offers solutions even for those who may not have a lot of cash to start buying organic food or completely remodel their home. I appreciated Abbate's reasoned response to the issues. Without taking sides in the political debate or making the reader feel guilty, he encourages responsible living as a requirement of faith.
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