Thursday, April 22, 2010

Green Like God Giveaway, For Earth Day!


We have all heard about it, global warming, green house gases, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore, and so much more but what does it mean for the Christian believer. What does the Bible say about environmentalism and being an environmentalist, a recycler or even a tree hugger? Does it say anything at all about any of this or will God supply all our needs regardless of what we do in the here and now?

With Earth Day occurring today, what should we as believers of Jesus Christ be doing if anything? The answer might surprise you as much as it did for me!

Scripture says that God is “loving toward all he has made”(Psalm 145:17). As Christians we must love what God loves. Genesis 2:15 tells us why God placed humans in a garden – so we would “work it and take care of it.” Other translations render that phrase, “ cultivate it and keep it” (NASB), “Tend over it and watch over it”(NLT), “Work it and keep it” (ESV), “Take care of it and look after it” (CEV), “Work it and watch over it” (HCSB), “Work the ground and keep it in order”(MSG). Therefore, God’s command for us, is to be good stewards of the things He has created and left us in charge of it.

Humans are created by the Creator to care for His creation, Genesis 3:23, “ So the Lord God forced Adam out of the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.” (NCV)

So with this basis for scripture, we, as believers, must take care of what God has given to us, like our children, our spouses, our homes, and our Earth. We can not think of it as something God will replenish as we use it up. There was a reason in the Old Testament when God told the Israelites to wait a year after every 6 years of crop growing to allow the ground time to heal. We no longer do that and thus are wondering just what is going wrong with our Earth when it no longer produces for us.



The book, Green like God, by Jonathan Merritt, gives the most compelling arguments for Christians to step up and lead people on how to care for what God has given all of us. He will bless us when we do and curse us when we don’t.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review by Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups. It is wonderful because it answers the question of what do believers need to be doing to take care of our world and I would highly recommend this book.

If you would like to know more about this book and even where to purchase a copy of this book, click on the link below.

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780446557252.htm

For three lucky followers of mine, I will be drawing three names on April 30th, to win an amazing copy of this book! Winners must have a shipping address within the United States or Canada only and No P.O. Boxes! I must have a way to reach you so please provide me with an email address if it’s not linked to your account.

23 comments:

Denise said...

Nice, sounds interesting.

Greg C said...

I have Genesis 2:15 on my desk and read it every day. I think God put us here to take care of this garden. I try.

God's student said...

Agree with you Greg C! And what a beautiful garden it is!

Rita said...

God has given us so many wonderful things in this life. He tells us to take care of not only our world, but our animals. Our vet has a scripture about this on his bills. I think that is cool!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Sounds like a great book! I have often been "shunned" by "Christians" because I am a "tree-hugger" (wow, lot's of quotes, LOL)

But I feel exactly like you explained. God GAVE us this earth to take care of. It is a gift and so many people don't realize this. I love all of God's creations.....and that includes "trees".

So I am entering this giveaway proudly with my tie dye tee and barefeet! HA!

Jane In The Jungle said...

We are defintely stewards!

Divine Mrs D said...

Yes, yes, yes!! I completely agree!

I would love to get this book. My church is definitely big on taking care of God's creation, be it human, plant or animal.

Andrea said...

Oh, I would really like to read this book.
Blessings, hugs, and prayers,
andrea

Loren said...

great review Kat...

love you

Darcie said...

Nature truly is God's handiwork for all of us to enjoy. I need to cherish and protect it like I should.

Happy Earth Day!

Angel Muly said...

Great review, sounds interesting. Love, Angel

Samantha said...

Very nice review, sounds like a good book !
Thanks for sharing, enter me.
Blessings to you sweet friend !

TRUTH SHARER said...

Hope you are feeling well. Thank you for this post. We need to be "going green" in all we do on this earth!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
After The Promised Land

David C Brown said...

Stewardship is certainly important; we see the world damaged for selfish ends. It is God's creation.

Whatever the arguments for global warming most of what it proponents suggest is good sense anyway.

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, This is the first book I've seen addressing this issue-and I'm excited to know there is encouragement out there and even mandates by our Creator. Please enter my name. I also want to know more about reviewing books for the publisher.
Hugs to you today!
Noreen

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Great book - i think I will do like Greg and keep that scripture handy to remind myself to keep God's world tended to.

He & Me + 3 said...

i agree like our temples that God has given us we should also take care of the Earth...but not to get caught up in all the craziness that the "world" tries to make it. Sounds like an interesting book.

Beth E. said...

I've always thought that we should take care of what God has given us. I'm so glad to see it confirmed here!

He & Me + 3 said...

I thought of another one... Cleo:)

He & Me + 3 said...

Left the computer name on the wrong post. Oops.

Carol said...

Kat,

It sounds like a good read and something I'd like to know more about. Thanks for the review and giveaways.

Blessings and Hugs,
Carol

I pray you are having a great weekend.

Niecy said...

Sounds like an Awesome read!!!
I agree. God's Beautiful creation is such a gift to us. We are to take care of the delicate beauty of nature. I definitely believe in taking care of the planet for future generations. I plan to enter this giveaway! I've never entered one before so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Sweet Blessings With Love,
Niecy

teddytrump said...

Hai there kat, thanks for your word and your visited to my blog.. Your word made me very happy and made me more spirit to write more stories and my book :) maybe someday you can review it for me..

About this book, this is a nice books, too bad I'm not in US or Canada...

God is so kind, He is trusted us everything He created. The world, the earth, the plant, animal, but it is very ironic that not many peoples trust HIM, if iam a GOD, I will be very sad...

A green earth now will change to a black earth with many fouls and sins...repent is required...

May God bless us all :)