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Making Peace with the Land

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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 unheal...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 by IVP Books
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In 1958, Clarence Jordan delivered a sermon explaining why he had not yet left the bruised and battered land that is Koinonia Farm. He said:

Fifteen years ago we went there and bought that old run-down eroded piece of land. It was sick. There gashes in it. It was sore and bleeding. I don’t know whether you’ve ever walked over a piece of ground that could almost cry out to you and say “heal me, heal me.” I don’t know if you feel the closeness to the soil that I do. But when you fill in th...more
In reading this I discovered that 99% of Americans are not positioned to grow their own food and that while 1 billion are starving, another billion have a problem with obesity. Clearly, our relationship with food, the land, and our starving neighbor needs healing.

That's what this book is about. Bahnson and Wirzba take turns writing considering our estranged relationship with the land, how we may experience reconciliation not only to God and each other in Christ but also with the land and how we...more
Kevin Spicer
I loved the subject and both authors had some really good things to say, but I felt like lots of little ideas kinda flew by me without being elaborated for long enough to really provide a new coherent framework. But maybe that is okay. If anything the idea of permaculture has been taken out of the realm of scary hippy ritual in dark forests involving hallucinogenics and tinctures, to pretty interesting method for sustainable farming.
Willie Krischke
Fantastic. Almost every page challenged me and made me think - and want to learn more, be better. That's the hard part.

"We have to wonder what we're missing when we've so arranged our world that we don't need to know where our food or the energy to heat our homes comes from."

"It is only we moderns who think of [the places where Jesus taught] as quaint backdrops, interchangeable stage settings on which the real action takes place -- the preaching and and praying, the baptizing and converting, t...more
Abram K-J
The newest offering from IVP Books’ Resources for Reconciliation series is Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. The Resources for Reconciliation series pairs a practitioner with an academician, who then together address the theology and practice of reconciliation in a given sphere of life.

Practitioner Fred Bahnson is an agriculturalist and writer (and excellent theologian); academician Norman Wirzba is a theology professor at Duke Divinity School (and grounded pract...more
When I have heard theologians talk about the environment and creation, it tends to border on the typical vague "steward the land" motif. Although I absolutely affirm stewardship, most of the times it doesn't translate into anything deep or practical, and at worse even ignores the most obvious structural problems such as consumerism and exploitative land use in agriculture and industry.

Thankfully, I would say that this book gave me faith that Christians, both theologians and laity, CAN speak mean...more
What a refreshing read after "The Worst Hard Times!" The Dust Bowl book was 300 pages of despair caused by poor farming, conversely this book is 173 pages of hope! There are people out there that understand the blessedness of creation care and to top it off, are committed to transferring this knowledge and practice around the world to food desperate places.

pg. 30 - economic systems that succeed by destroying the earth
pg. 45 - Type 2 diabetes for 1/3 of children born after 2000
pg. 73 - new cre...more
This is a great little book, blending stories with theological reflection on our need to include the land in the ministry of reconciliation. This book glories in creation, mutual care of others and environmental stewardship. Among the insights I gained from this book, I appreciate the mindfulness Bahnson and Wirzba bring to food systems. Modern culture fills supermarket's full of food, removing the thought of growing conditions, planting, butchering, etc. from our eyes and thoughts. Bahnson and...more
Sustainable Traditions
One of the most important books for Christians to read. Authors Norman Wirzba and Fred Bahnson sound a call to be reconciled to GOD's Creation - locating faithful care and cultivating of the earth in the context of the broader story of the Gospel which is GOD's work of reconciling all things to Himself. This book is a great mix of theology and narrative. It is a call to both a renewal of belief as well as practice. This book also reminds me alot of the great agrarian writer Wendell Berry. I high...more
Making Peace with the Land is an excellent introduction to the theology of food, community, and justice. Both authors have clear, accessible, writing styles, and extensive reference to stories of faithful communities. This book really challenged me to think more deeply and clearly about the way I purchase, share, and consume food. Great resource for small group and classroom settings.
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