Monday, April 20, 2009
Gardening Eden...by Michael Abbaté
Before the snake, the apple, and the Ten Commandments, God created a garden, placed humans in it, and told them to take care of it.
“Spiritual environmentalism” did not start out as an oxymoron—it was an invitation. Yet today, many believe God’s original job description for humankind has been replaced by other worthier pursuits. So when did this simple instruction become so controversial? How does one sort through all the mixed messages? Is making the world a healthier place for the next generation really a responsibility—or even possible?
Gardening Eden is a new understanding of how the spiritual dimensions of life can find expression and renewal through caring for our incredible planet. Empowering, simple, and never polemical, Michael Abbaté outlines the Bible’s clear spiritual benefits of caring for creation, exploring new motivations and inspired ideas, and revealing the power of our basic connection to all people and living things through the growing interest in spiritual environmentalism.
Green living is no longer a fad—simple lifestyle solutions are now available to everyone. Gardening Eden shows readers how this shift transforms not only our world, but their very souls as they’re drawn into deeper harmony with the Creator. This book invites them to discover the powerful spiritual satisfaction of heeding the call to save our world.
This book gave me a better look at Earth through a spiritual eye. I didn't agree with everything in the book, but I do agree that we need to take care of Earth better than we do right now. There are lots of little ways we can make the change, but this change has to begin with a change in our way of thinking and being. I think that is what Michael Abbaté is trying to do for us in this book-- connect the dots between our spiritual lives and stewardship to our physical lives and stewardship. We were put in charge over the Earth-- now what are we going to do with it?