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Caring for Creation: The Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment

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Faith-Based Solutions to Caring for the Earth

Climate change is a confusing and polarizing issue. It may also prove to be the most daunting challenge of this century because children, the elderly, and the poor will be the first to feel its effects. The issue is all over the news, but what is seldom heard is a conservative, evangelical perspective.

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Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
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Emma Hanlin
Oh my word, was I excited to read this. A conservative evangelical voice promoting climate action and fighting climate denial?? Could this be the book America needs? (Or at least a book to send to my grandparents?) Now that I've finished, my answer to that question is: to an extent. This book will prove to be important if it can convince skeptical evangelicals to act on climate change and/or help liberal environmental advocates revise some of their tactics and expand their thinking. But there ar ...more
Stephanie
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Being open to data, facts, and science doesn't make you liberal. It makes you literate."

While I might disagree with the authors politically, I so appreciate that they have found a compelling and convincing way to frame climate change in the language of conservative evangelicals that appeals to their priorities. They openly address that the issue needs to be de-politicized and that climate change will impact parts of our society that are of the highest priority to the Right (i.e. it's a pro-life
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Tom Law
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Evangelical environmentalism sound like the ultimate oxymoron. The two do not seem to go together at all. In fact, even the words sound like they are at war with each other. Yet the authors have pulled together the most important aspects of both to make a cogent well thought out presentation that should have us all talking.

As the authors point out to the Evangelical world, God has mandated that we take care of what belongs to Him. The world is not ours to do with what we want. We are stewards of
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Jenae
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book at Mardel on the $1 shelf. It made me sad thinking that the discount might be indicative of the book’s sales. As much as I can’t stand the term “evangelical” and how it has been over-politicized, I am thankful for books like this one! The authors are Christians and self-proclaimed “Reagan Conservatives” who have dedicated their lives to helping Christians see the importance of creation care. Sadly, politics has muddied what should be very clear waters on this issue. Much of the ...more
Mary Teresa
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book that many more than Evangelical's should read. While it is addressed to them all of us can benefit from the research and practical suggestions to care for our home the earth. Easy to read and understand.
Debbie Carlson
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, sorry authors, but fear won out and we are on our way back to Egypt. I doubt the people who should read this book would. He is only preaching to the choir. Some Christians see themselves as Republicans first, using the party guidelines as their bible. They also only get their news from conspiracy theory websites and irresponsible news channels. I read this book at the advice of one of my church pastors, however when he brought up the climate change issue in a church setting, some members w ...more
Rebecca Bond
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Something that is often missing in the climate justice and environmentalism movements, I think, is meeting people where they are. I’m no expert at it; it’s hard to stay calm and try to reason with people when you know what is at stake. While I am not Christian, I was raised in a mainline Protestant church, and I feel like I have a relatively good handle on what that denomination is about. And it has seemed like the scientific reports and activists and many of the books and documentaries that hav ...more
Ann
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: skeptics regarding climate change.
Paul Douglas is a respected meteorologist and a Christian in the Wesleyan tradition, and Mitch Hescox is an Evangelical preacher devoted to environmental causes. The meteorological data and other scientific findings presented throughout the book are interesting and eye-opening, and the authors' proposed remedies challenge governments at all levels and individuals to care enough about future generations to take action now. The book is obviously aimed at deniers that climate change is manmade – ma ...more
Frances
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know this book existed but it does. Two Republican Evangelical American men wrote a book about what is needed to save the world from climate change. One a reverend and the other a meteorologist, they talk about the need to quit subsidizing big oil and allowing new technology to have a level playing field so our children and grand children can live happy, healthy lives free of pollution and a warming climate.
They also talk about honoring God by being the stewards of his creation that he
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Jen Heininger
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an EXCELLENT read on what it means to be a Christian environmentalist (shouldn't we all be!?). (I so wish this was the direction our church went when they had their conference on creation care and the church last year....) Written by meteorologists you would think this would be fairly dull and overly scientific but it was just the right mix of interesting science and Scripture. I feel like I underlined at least a third of the book and kept wanting to take notes (which is saying a lot fo ...more
Annie
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall, a great message, but sometimes WAY too scientific for someone that's not as into numbers and facts as the authors.
Krista Blasier
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Completely agree with the overall message, I just got a little bored during a couple sections that seemed jammed with too many facts at once. Other than that, great read!
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