Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006 - Nature - 216 pages
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Five years ago Dr. J. Matthew Sleeth and his family lived in a big house, had two luxury cars, loads of money, and lots of stuff. As chief of the medical staff at a large hospital, Sleeth was living the American dream--until he realized that something was terribly wrong. As he saw patient after patient suffering from cancer, asthma, and other chronic diseases, he began to understand that the Earth and its inhabitants were in trouble. Feeling helpless, he turned to his faith for guidance. He discovered how the timeless lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship taught in the Bible could be applied to modern life. The Sleeths have since sold their big home and given away more than half of what they once owned. In Serve God, Save the Planet, Sleeth shares the joy of adopting a less materialistic lifestyle, and reveals what was easy and what was hard about the changes his family has made. Drawing on science and religion, Sleeth builds a bridge between environmentalists and mainstream Christians. He and his family are harbingers of the creation care movement, which calls on all those who love God to love our planet. Sleeth shares how material downscaling led his family to healthier lifestyles, stronger relationships, and richer spiritual lives. Serve God, Save the Planet is more than a book: it is a prescription for taking personal responsibility for global survival.
 

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A challenging book that all Christians should read. With environmental action being labeled as "liberal" in a time when most evangelical Christians identify as conservative, this book does a great job ... Read full review

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Super easy read as it's filled with anecdotes. I appreciated his personal journey and the way he connected our daily decisions with people around the world. (Did you know our over consumption of beef ... Read full review

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J. Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room director and chief of medical staff, now writes, preaches, and teaches full-time about faith and the environment. Together with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, he helps lead the growing evangelical environmental movement. The Sleeths live in northern New Hampshire. Foreword writer Rev. Richard Cizik is vice president for governmental affairs for the 30-million-strong National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), which has advanced action by evangelical Christians on human rights and religious freedom, the sanctity of life, compassion for the poor, and protection of God's creation. Cizik, a signatory of the 2004 Sandy Cove Covenant on environmental concern, is a leading advocate for evangelical action on global warming.

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