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Global Warming and the Risen LORD: Christian Discipleship and Climate Change Paperback – December 2, 2010

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I was delighted to meet Jim Ball and discuss with him and others the Bible s message about God s care for the whole creation, and our part in that great work. Jim has taken a courageous stand in explaining and exploring the way in which the current crisis of a changing climate has to be taken seriously by all Christians who live under God s word. I am delighted to see this book as one further step along a transformative road. --Bishop Tom Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews

Addressing energy security is essential for maintaining the well-being of our families and nation. In his book my friend Jim Ball discusses how we can make that happen by focusing on clean sources of energy. Highly recommended. --Roberta Combs President, Christian Coalition of America

My friend Jim Ball has been at the forefront of climate change for nearly two decades, helping to show Christians the way, especially in the area of climate policy. And now he has added to that a book also filled with biblical and spiritual resources to help encourage and sustain us as we fight the good fight. Global warming is a huge challenge, but Jim reminds us that it is the Risen LORD in whom we put our hope. Essential biblical analysis for a troubled planet. An extraordinary accomplishment! --The Rev. Richard Cizik, President and Founder, The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

About the Author

Jim Ball (Ph.D. Drew University) is Executive Vice President for Policy and Climate Change at the Evangelical Environmental Network. The architect of the What Would Jesus Drive educational campaign and the key organizer and national spokesperson for the Evangelical Climate Initiative, Jim has appeared on ABC s Good Morning America, Fox, CNN, and NPR. He has been featured in the New York Times, and honored by Rolling Stone magazine as one of their environmental Warriors and Heroes and by Time magazine as one of its climate change innovators.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Environmental Network (December 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982930011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982930014
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had to read this book for an environmental science course at PLNU. I am happy to hear that I have a religion that concerns itself with a real issue effecting all of us. We need to protect and care for our LORD's creation! I'm all about "going green" now, because of this book! I recommend any Christian who doubts global warming read this book ASAP! This is not a challenging read at all, and makes for great conversation for any small group or Bible study. The packaging was done carefully and clean, and the shipping process was very quick.
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Maybe the title should be reversed as, "The Risen Lord and Global Warming." The most important thing author Jim Ball does in his voluminous book is to get the important thing first. That is, the Risen Lord Jesus is the primary subject. Global warming then falls in line as a crucial issue for followers of The Risen Lord. Ball sets his priority.

Jim Ball uses the forum of his book to preach Christ. The Risen Lord, Jesus the Christ, is the center and focus of Ball's message. So what does one do who encounters the Risen Lord Jesus and commits to follow him? According to Jim Ball's syllogism, a follower of Jesus will become infused with love for others, so much so that all other matters of personal security, convenience, and selfish desires fall away. Jim Ball then demonstrates that global warming is harmful to the inhabitants of the earth, especially the Poor. Therefore our love for God (and derivatively) for people summons us to take effective measures to thwart global warming.

Jim Ball deftly handles the science of global warming in the early chapters, as well as convincingly regales the new technologies of conservation and efficiency in the closing chapters. Interspersed throughout, but especially concentrated in the middle chapters, the author is an impassioned evangelist trumpeting Jesus and calling readers to a deepened discipleship of attitude and lifestyle. Ball's red-blooded, anecdotal, conversational style in telling the Gospel is refreshing even to those of us who have heard "the old, old story" countless times.

The book is unswervingly positive and hope-filled. It's not that the author minimizes the harmful effects of global warming. Not at all.
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I am truly astounded by how much has been put into this book. It is packed solid with the most accurate scientific information, true stories, and Scripture - yet it's very easy to read. I can't say it's not challenging, but I really couldn't put it down! I'm sure that you will be able to find the time in your busy life to read it as well, and will come back to it many times. I felt like I was literally taking a journey around the world and the Lord was holding my hand the whole time. I believe that's because He was at all these places and He sees what's going on. He knows all the people we meet and the places that are described. He also has a plan as ever, and that's where we come in.

This is a book to unite generations and denominations into the Church that had the courage to walk with Jesus across the earth, and the faith to believe that there could be healing in the midst of global warming. It's a strong bridge across the widening gap that the followers of Christ are called to stand in.

This book is written with the careful wisdom and understanding that most Christians simply didn't know that the future would look like this. We've tried to live our lives in obedience to the Lord, we've enjoyed what we worked for, and we given what we can - but along the way we became distracted from an understanding about our impact on the environment, and the ways that our neighbors and other living things are struggling to adapt.

This is where I was a couple years ago. I've come to general understanding of what is going on and why I should care. The biggest struggle I have is wondering how I can be more faithful? How can I keep hope and know that in a few more years I won't be devastated from the weight of these challenges?
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I've read several books on a Christian approach to climate change. Many of them are highly academic in tone and content. Reverend Jim Ball's "Global Warming and the Risen Lord" is academic in content but also highly accessible and very personal. His use of story and analogy makes this book a must read for anyone wanting to know not just about the overwhelming science of climate change but how a committed Christian can understand this morally urgent issue in light of our faith.

Particularly helpful to me, a Catholic Christian, is the section how climate change impacts the poorest people at home and abroad, i.e., those who have contributed the least to the problem of climate change but are now and will continue to suffer its worst consequences. Many of them live in some of the most vulnerable areas of the planet and few have the means and resources to get out of harm's way. For me, this must be a top priority of Christians as too few in the environmental community or in the business community (especially the fossil fuel industry) are raising these concerns in the public square.

Also helpful is the way Rev. Ball's situates this within the context of our spiritual life. The life of prayer helps sustain all people of faith in times of trouble. We are in such a time and in order to overcome climate change--and so many other issues impacting human life and human dignity--Christians are obligated to internalize these concerns and seek God's assistance in overcoming them. How well we fulfill this obligation is, in the end, how we will be judged (MT 25).

Finally, I appreciate Rev. Ball's insistence that this issue is not something that will be solved overnight. For all of us, especially for people of faith, it will require daily vigilance and a long-term attitude of how we might individually and collectively change our patterns of consumption and make daily, concrete choices about how we use energy, what we buy, how we move, and where we live.
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