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"This is the book I have been waiting for. It tackles some of the biggest challenges of our time--environmental and social sustainability--as integrated parts of the same whole, and convincingly demonstrates what my generation is rediscovering--that our individual and collective well-being is an inherently relational issue. Accurate, accessible, thoughtful, practical, and thoroughly hopeful, here is a guide for understanding these confusing times and living faithfully together as part of God's inbreaking kingdom. When students and peers ask me to recommend a resource on climate change and the Christian faith, this will be it." -- Ben Lowe, author of Green Revolution and Co-Coordinator of Renewal: Students Caring for Creation

"Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living, which tackles the complexity and breadth of issues related to climate change, is extremely well written. The authors present the issue of climate change for the Christian community in a way that has great theological depth and reflects a biblical hope. The authors also present an extremely careful and nuanced case in terms of the science of climate change. And, finally, they are unusually evenhanded in their portrayal of the international discussions and policy options that are now before the world. It is rare to find a book that can cover this breadth with such high levels of understanding across the topic, and still be clear and honest, yet hopeful!" -- Dr. Janel Curry, Dean for Research and Scholarship, Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Christian Perspectives on Political, Social, and Economic Thought, Calvin College

"Few works on the religion and ecology nexus cover the territory so comprehensively as Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living does. The book is thoroughly researched and clearly written, and it speaks with equal authority on the scientific and theological dimensions of the modern ecological crisis. I highly recommend it to anyone curious about a Christian perspective on ecological issues." --Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

"Jesus warned against discerning signs in the sky while neglecting to understand the signs of the times. Today, we have reversed the process and must recover an understanding of where our climate is heading. Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living provides a salutary warning accompanied by a healthy redirection. This book is a necessary tool to enable those living today to be ready for life tomorrow." --Rev. Dr. Clive Calver, Senior Pastor, Walnut Hill Community Church, former President of World Relief, and signatory to "Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action"

"This book was a pleasure and delight to read. If you only read one book on climate change and sustainability, then make it this one! Spencer, White, and Vroblesky have succeeded in making this difficult and sometimes arcane scientific subject understandable. In plain language they carry the reader through a web of technical and theoretical detail. They are always sure-footed, explaining the relevant facts in everyday terms.

But the most singular feature of this book is not just that it clearly explains climate change. There are many works that will do that for you. It is its biblical focus on sustainable living. In eight concise chapters, the authors cover the nature of the problem of sustainability from a biblical perspective. They go beyond a brief introduction to an in-depth analysis of the biblical rationale for caring for the earth. Humans, they emphasize, aren't just a part of the environment; we function in our uniquely moral role within it. If we care for people, then we must also care for God's good earth.

Here is a vision for sustainable living for today, as well as for tomorrow. And here is clear guide to the practice of sustainable living today. The authors identify the key needs in a Christian response to the pressing needs around us. There is a need for social, economic, and environmental solutions to the complex problems we face. The authors have brought together both the theological and scientific resources necessary to explore these complex and interlinked problems. This book will make an excellent study guide for any group or individual." --Dr. John Wood, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, The King's University College, Alberta, Canada, and Academic Dean, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

"What Spencer, White, and Vroblesky have crafted in Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living is not only what has been sorely missed in the Christian community, but it also represents a magnificent, balanced, and comprehensive overview from which all of society should benefit. The authors have done a masterful job weaving scientific evidence, socio-economics, stewardship, and practicalities together, presenting a winsome perspective (even a `vision'!) that should assuage much of the skepticism and concern that has often held many back from doing anything at all. Their balanced approach should help nurture in us a desire to understand that we not only can, but must work together to ensure that we enjoy our planet with sustainable living and ecosystems for the century ahead of us--`creation care'!" --Dr. Alan E. Strong, Consultant-Senior Scientist, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch, Silver Spring, Maryland

"Are we on the brink of a global climate calamity that will require significant social and economic change to avert disaster, or is climate change merely a mirage? How can Christians find clear, honest and reliable scientific answers to these questions, plus the biblical insight to respond faithfully, authentically and creatively to the challenge of our time? Delve into Spencer, White, and Vroblesky's Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living and you will find they are trustworthy guides on an intellectual and spiritual journey, pointing us to a destination of solutions and soul-formation." --Dr. Chris Elisara, Founder and Executive Director of the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP), Belize, New Zealand/Samoa, and the United States

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"This timely and well-researched book is a welcome addition to the literature on Christianity and climate change. It offers three things rarely found in a single volume: solid science clearly presented, winsome Christian theology rooted in sound biblical interpretation, and much practical wisdom on what we individually and collectively can and should do. I can think of no better book written from a Christian perspective on this important issue."
--Steven Bouma-Prediger, Professor of Religion, Hope College, USA, Author of For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care

This book is the most timely of reminders: if the world is to mount any kind of defense against global warming, we Christians must play a much stronger role. Not just because physics and chemistry demand it---but faith as well, as we rise to the greatest challenge to both Creation and social justice the planet has ever faced.
--Bill McKibben, Director of 350.org, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

"We have many books that present North Americans with the problems of climate change and sustainable living. But this book gives us the biblical means for living well in the midst of the challenges we face. It is a prescription and a vision of hope for our time. It is nothing less than a call to what the Bible calls shalom, the full flourishing of all of creation, human and non-human alike. This book will make an excellent study guide for any group or individual."
--John Wood, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, The Kings University College, Canada, and academic Dean, the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies


Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598562290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598562293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living is a relatively small book that tackles a broad range of issues. As the title implies, the authors cover everything from the science of climate change to the appropriate Christian response to climate change, and also offer some practical solutions to help both individuals and cultures to live more sustainably.

Though the flow of the book suffers a little due to the wide range of topics that are covered, I think the book is successful on all fronts. The summary of climate change is concise and accurate, giving a good overview of past, current, and projected future climate change and its many effects.

After laying out the evidence for the reality and potential severity of the impacts of climate change, the authors turn to the question of how Christians should respond. Their answers are both wide-ranging and compelling. Through a much-needed evaluation of our unsustainable (and unhealthy) consumer culture, a Biblically-based call to take care of God's creation, and a reminder of God's charge for us to care for the poor (who will be most affected by climate change), the authors articulate a vision of a total Christian response to climate change, a response that they cast as an important part of bringing God's kingdom to Earth. As Christians we are familiar with the spiritual aspects of the transformation of old to new, but Spencer, White, and Vrobleskly challenge us to think about how this applies to the whole of God's creation.
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Christianity and environmentalism can coexist just fine. "Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living" brings the three concepts, the former not commonly found with the later two under one banner of study as the three authors craft a thoughtful analysis of global warming and climate change and what it means to be a Christian and being environmentally wise. "Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living" is a solid combo of knowledge, a top pick.
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This book is credible, current, and cutting edge in its thinking on this vital subject. It's also quite readable despite what may seem like its heavily scientific subject matter. Congratulations to the authors!!! I recommend it to readers with a heart for biblical, responsible living -- even to skeptics who are open to differing points of view.
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