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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 0002- edition (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830834842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830834846
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ed Brown makes the case for why the church is the last, best hope for response to this defining issue of the twenty-first century. . . . Our Father's World is our clarion call." (From the foreword by Ed Johnson, President, Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies)

"Our Father's World offers a marvelous contribution to the evangelical creation care movement. The book is simultaneously intellectual and practical. The first half of the book offers a rather comprehensive recasting of core biblical theology themes in a remarkably accessible way. It shows the potential for mainstreaming creation care concerns into evangelical theology, which is crucial for the future of creation care among us. The second half of the book turns in a very practical direction, offering a thoughtful and thorough treatment of action steps for Christian care of creation. What I most appreciate about the book is Brown's recognition that ultimately the crisis in God's creation is a spiritual problem, a failure to live rightly before and with God and neighbor, and therefore it requires a profoundly spiritual solution. This means that the church, more than the state, holds the key to the human future. An excellent book." (David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, McAfee School of Theology, and President, Evangelicals for Human Rights)

"Our Father's World helps identify some of the most pressing moral questions of our age: Is there an environmental crisis? If there is, why should we care and what should we do about it? Turning to the living Bible for answers, Ed Brown helps church leaders become better stewards of God's creation. A valuable addition to the growing creation care movement, Our Father's World offers a message of hope and redemption: 'though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.'" (J. Matthew Sleeth, M.D., author of Serve God, Save the Planet, executive director, A Rocha USA)

"Our Father's World clearly lays out how mistreatment of the physical world around us is the result of sin, how care of God's creation is a biblical mandate and how the church, the corporate body of believers around the world, can bring about significant change. The issues this book addresses are vitally important for Christians today." (Jim Tebbe, director of the Urbana Student Missions Convention and vice president of missions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship)

"This is an important book that should be on every pastor's shelf and in every church library. Creation today is crying out for the church to begin preaching and practicing the full biblical message of stewardship." (Joseph K. Sheldon, professor of biology and environmental science, Messiah College)

"This book is a remarkable combination of a broad spectrum of the environmental crisis in the world today coupled with a deep understanding of God's desire for his creation as developed in the Scriptures. It is full of well-written illustrations that show what the church (universal) and the church (local) need to do to obey God's commands and desires for his world. I highly recommend this book as both easily readable yet profound in its challenge to Christians and others today." (David M. Howard, former president, Latin America Mission)

"Our Father's World is a beautiful and inspiring book. I will keep it on hand both for consultation and reference. When I first opened it, the question on my mind was, 'Will evangelicals read it?' As I approached the close, the question became, 'Will secular environmentalists read it?' They need to read it, and understand the power Christianity has to help save the living environment--not just in voting numbers, but also out of strength from spirituality and rational argument." (E. O. Wilson, Harvard University, author of Consilience and The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth)

"Our Father's World brings an important international perspective from one who has spent a lifetime involved in evangelical missionary efforts. . . . Brown marshals arguments from Scripture to persuade Christian readers that environmental stewardship should have been part of the mission of the church all along." (Andy Crouch, in Books & Culture)

About the Author

Edward R. Brown (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is founding director of Care of Creation, Inc., an environmental mission agency dedicated to mobilizing the church around the world to respond to the environmental crisis. An ordained minister, he grew up in Pakistan in a missionary family. He previously served as pastor of the Protestant International Church in Islamabad, Pakistan, as InterVarsity Link administrator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and as Chief Operating Officer for the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.

More About the Author

Ed Brown is the Executive Director of Care of Creation Inc. (http://careofcreation.net) and the Senior Associate for Creation Care for the Lausanne Movement. Care of Creation is a Christian environmental organization with projects in Kenya and Tanzania, while the Lausanne Movement is a global network of Christians founded by Billy Graham and John Stott.

Ed is the author of Our Father's World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation and most recently When Heaven and Nature Sing: Exploring God's Goals for His People and His World. He also presents a weekend seminar for churches that builds on the content of his books and whose purpose is to de-politicize the environmental discussion. Contact him through the Care of Creation website for information on booking the seminar at your church or educational institution.

Ed lives in Madison WI with his wife and one small, white dog.

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I recommend this book to all Christians, but to church leadership in particular.
Pam Pierce
Creation is not our object, to be used by us for our own good, but rather, created with us, and suffering or prospering with us.
M. Abe
I am an environmentalist and a Christian who has read most of what is out there on the topic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam Pierce on March 11, 2009
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This book is a refreshing combination of doctrine, passion, and practical advice for individual Christians and for the corporate church. Not only does Brown clearly outline our spiritual and moral responsibility toward God's creation, he also gives a clear call to action for anyone concerned with creation care. The book's second part, "Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation," could easily serve as the user's guide for church leadership in days ahead. I recommend this book to all Christians, but to church leadership in particular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2008
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I am an environmentalist and a Christian who has read most of what is out there on the topic. This is BY FAR the best book written piece on the subject (of the 10 or books I have read). It is clear, concise, and Biblical. If you are planning to read one book on the topic - put this in your cart, now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Spickelmier on August 19, 2008
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Rev. Brown's book is a declaration and challenge to the evangelical church to reopen their Bibles and examine the relationship God intended humans to have with the natural world. He makes a strong biblical argument that our correct relationship to the earth is to be a steward and caretaker for it and that many environmental problems are ultimately a result of human "sins" such as greed and pride. He also argues that the Christian church should take the lead in confronting these problems. I would highly recommend this book both to Christians interested in exploring what the Bible has to say about current environmental issues and to environmentalists who feel that Christianity is hostile to the environment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah Chang VINE VOICE on October 2, 2012
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With fewer than 200 pages, Our Father's World is a handbook individuals, groups, classes, or committees could study to increase their own awareness and participation in caring for all creation as well as helping create opportunities for others around them to do so. Ed Brown cautions us the environmental crisis is a crisis of population, of prosperity, of poverty, and of spirituality. He essentially writes from and to a North American context, yet clearly describes an interdependent world where contentment with micro living space in one city effectively may degrade waters and forests in another country some distance away. Although he does not propose a one-size-fits-all creation care and environmental stewardship solution, the author wisely says we need to get beyond apparent symptoms. He describes creation as "sacred" rather than divine [page 49], creation itself as sacred worship space--a theme presented at several points in the book. I especially enjoyed chapter 8 on "Creation-Caring Worship," with suggestions as to how we can sing and pray alongside creation.

The book is in two basic sections: The Message, "Why the Church Must Care for Creation"; and The Mission, "Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation," and without a doubt, we need to do this together. I love his words at the end of chapter 6, Ambassadors of Redemption: "It's this very hybrid character of the church that allows it to bring something unique to the real problems of the environmental crisis. The church can deliver spiritual power to practical problems."

Brown comes from a relatively conservative evangelical background rather than a fundamentalist or mainline one, but I cannot imagine any person of any or no faith tradition not appreciating his analysis and his ideas for helping solve the crisis. This is a book for all generations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Abe on March 16, 2012
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I read this book in small chunks to absorb the message. Creation is not our object, to be used by us for our own good, but rather, created with us, and suffering or prospering with us. Although I have long been an environmentalist, this helped me have a new theological basis for this commitment. I continue to be astonished as I re-read the scriptures at how the fate of the animals and plants is tied to our obedience to God. No wonder creation longs for the day when the sons and daughters of God will be revealed.
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