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A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions Paperback – March 21, 2011


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; Reprint edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446549576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446549578
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the midst of one of the most heated debates of my lifetime, there are some voices that offer calm and respectful insight to people of faith. Balancing passion with civility, Hayhoe and Farley speak with such a voice. No matter what you believe about climate change's causes or effects, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE will challenge you to think critically about both the issue and your responsibility to respond." (Jonathan Merritt, faith and culture writer, national spokesperson, Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative)

About the Author

Katharine Hayhoe is a research associate professor in the department of geosciences at Texas Tech University and CEO of ATMOS Research, a scientific consulting company providing climate change and impact analyses to city, state, provincial, and federal agencies. Her studies have been presented before the U.S. Congress and highlighted by state and federal agencies in support of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.

Andrew Farley is pastor of Lubbock Bible Church. He served as a professor of Applied Linguistics at University of Notre Dame for five years and is now a tenured professor at Texas Tech University. In addition to more than a dozen journal articles, Andrew has also authored a book and coauthored two textbooks, two workbooks, and two multimedia publications with McGraw-Hill.

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Well written and easy to read.
Larry D. Stark
Though I am personally still skeptical of many global warming claims, it's hard to imagine a team more qualified to write this book.
Rachel Robinson
I read it in just a few sittings--I couldn't put it down!
R. F. Padilla

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. Mosher on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The faith in the "faith-based decisions" of the title is narrowly cast as the religion of American Christians who favor a literal interpretation of the Bible. Hayhoe and Farley stake out their territory early -- "We don't worship the earth. We worship the Creator of the universe." However, they also proclaim that they "believe in common sense," and that's where they make a valuable contribution toward bringing current climate science into the average person's living room. Instead of arguing about whether the earth is only a few thousand years old or billions, they look at the scientific evidence for global warming and counter some popular misconceptions about what the studies actually show and where areas of uncertainty remain. The book's largish print, punchy sentences, and full color charts keep the technical information accessible and help readers understand that disagreement among scientists about the details - such as why northern ice caps are melting faster than expected -- doesn't mean there is gross disagreement about the general arc of climate trends. And for the reader who remains unconvinced of the reality of global warming, they suggest a medical analogy: If your doctor said you had symptoms of early signs of a serious illness, wouldn't you want to do what you could to prevent the full onset of that illness?

Much environmental advocacy stops there and says, in effect, humans made the mess, so we are obligated to clean it up. That's not a very inspiring or motivating message. Hayhoe and Farley take a different tactic, one that could be emulated by any faith community using the language of its own holy teachings. They base their call for action not on the guilty conscience of the materialistic West, but on the need for compassion.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Moore on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a scientist who had the pleasure of reviewing this book as it went to press. Written by a climate scientist and an evangelical pastor, "A Climate for Change" clearly explains the science and the urgency of global warming in a way that I hope will resonate with Christian readers.

The book makes it clear that global warming is a scientific reality, not something driven by a political agenda. Furthermore, the authors drive home the point that doing something about global warming is "a step in the direction of caring for people". Quite simply, fighting global warming is the right thing to do.

I hope this well written, visually appealing and morally powerful book reaches a wide audience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Glass on June 9, 2013
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Responds to many of the questions and misconceptions about climate change. I found it to be well written with good explanations of the science parts that anyone can understand, with a section of 30 Figures at the center of the book for visual effect. It is written with a faith-based focus that helps with responding to questions coming from that perspective. At the back of the book is a section for further reading, discussion questions, and 38 pages of sources.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sergio on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a good resource for information about what we can know about global warming and it's likely causes, presented in simple, straightforward terms, and interspersed with a solid biblical basis for why we should educate ourselves and why we should care. Basic historical, ecological, and geological data are presented and compared by a qualified scientist and evangelical pastor; the current state of consensus is presented; and predictions of 10 or 20 years ago are compared to actual changes and to updated predictions of the past few years.

If you really want to respond to this issue as a Christian (and you MUST), this book gives you the information you need to help choose a Christian response. Also a good resource for discussing these issues with family members and those Christians you know who still don't buy the idea that humans might actually be destroying the incredible gift God gave us to live on.

Highly recommended.

Two criticisms: 1) they seem to spend more time than is necessary in hammering home the main points, sometimes referencing backup data more again. As an engineer and scientist, this may just be my impatience to get to the conclusions/recommendations once I'm on board with the facts and statistics, so someone less knowledgable of the background info provided may not find it repetitive. 2) I really wanted to get to the 'how do we respond' bit, but this part turned out to be a bit weak. Yes, it lists a lot of things an individual or family can do, but not much sound theological reasons for any of them, and a bit of a "if you do anything, it's better than nothing" kind of recommendation. Still, the info is there for anyone who really wants to use it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Fairbanks on September 30, 2013
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I think this has a good overview of the science, though not very detailed, and it should really help Christians that are looking for honest answer and reasons why they should care about this. Slightly unsatisfying for a scientist, but I think it will connect with a layperson quite well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Lanza on July 27, 2013
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If you are a Christian who is having trouble coming to grips with the facts of global warming then this is the book for you. If you are a Christian who is well aware of the realties of global warming and you want to know what actions you can take to help the world then this is the book for you. If you are a non-believer who needs a little nudging then this is the book for you!
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