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Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 6, 2010
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"By God's providential grace, Jonathan Merritt has become the voice of under-35 evangelical environmentalism. This wonderful book gives us glimpses into his personal journey into creation care as well as thoughtful theological and practical reflections on this critically important subject. I strongly recommend this richly biblical and devotional introduction to caring for God's creation. May it have a huge impact immediately on both the churches and the culture." (David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University )
"For too many years the concerns of the environment have fallen to the wayside among God's people. This timely book is a wake-up call to conservatives and liberals that caring for the planet is all of our responsibilities. May your own heart grow a size bigger and a shade greener as you read its pages." (Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, & Wild Honey 2009)
"Green Like God is a well written, entertaining, and biblically faithful study of our great Creator and his marvelous Creation. It will challenge and convict you. This is what a good book should do." (Daniel Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC) 2009)
"In my head, Jonathan Merritt will forever be a hybrid. With one foot on truths that are eons old and the other leaning into the future, he offers a combination of perspectives that is challenging, inspiring, and difficult to resist." (Jonathan Acuff, blogger and author of Stuff Christians Like 2009)
"In this debut book, Jonathan Merritt brings together biblical integrity, Christian humility, and social sensitivity in a call to care for everything and everyone that God loves. Love God, cherish his world." (David Neff, editor in chief, Christianity Today 2009)
"Jonathan Merritt has blown away political camps with good theology. He shows us the clear biblical evidence of a God who has a green thumb, a Creator who begins the human story by breathing life into dirt and ends the story with the restoration of all Creation as the New Jerusalem comes on earth. Here is a humble and clear call on all people to respond to the degradation of the earth, especially those of us who dare to call ourselves Christians." (Shane Claiborne, activist, author, and recovering sinner )
"Jonathan Merritt is a bold and persuasive spokesperson for our Millennial generation. In GREEN LIKE GOD, he shows that creation care was a central part of God's plan from the very beginning, and remains a priority for all of us today. Read this book and fall in love with the God who gives life and is making all things new." (Ben Lowe, author of Green Revolution (Intervarsity Press) and co-founder of Renewal, a creation care network for college students 2009)
"Jonathan Merritt provides a helpful resource for Christians concenred about creation. Seeking to be both Biblically faithful and culturally aware, GREEN LIKE GOD helps Christians navigate the often tumultuous and controversial waters. I recommend this book to pastors and leaders who desire to care more deeply about the creator and His creation." (Ed Stetzer, author and President of LifeWay Research )
"Jonathan Merritt's GREEN LIKE GOD reintroduces us to a Savior who has eternal love for all of creation. Presenting biblical arguments, personal experiences, and hope for a restored earth, Merritt establishes himself as a prophetic voice for his generation and the entire Church. This book aligns with a growing creation care movement that continues to turn heads and win hearts to Christ." (Matthew Sleeth, MD, author of SERVE GOD, SAVE THE PLANET: A CHRISTIAN CALL TO ACTION 2009)
"Jonathan Merritt's book, GREEN LIKE GOD, is thoughtful, challenging, and engaging. And most importantly it is thoroughly Bible-based. It clearly lays out the sin of despoiling God's good creation and points Christians to a better, God-obeying way. If its message is taken to heart by American Christians, much will be done to save God's creation. And in the process Christians' witness to the world will be strengthened." (Steve Monsma, Research Fellow, the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College, and professor emeritus of Political Science, Pepperdine University 2009)
"Jonathan Merritt, already one of the leading voices on creation care in our nation, has written this wonderfully readable and personally engaging book. His explanation of biblical perspectives, his compelling personal story, and his practical action points all add up to a vital resource for any Christian sensing a moral responsibility to be a part of God's environmental solution. You've got to read this book!" (Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed )
"Merritt's conversion may not change the world quite as much as Paul's, but he has transformed his classroom epiphany into topic A within...the biggest Protestant body in the U.S." (TIME Magazine 2009)
"[Jonathan's work] is very significant, courageous, groundbreaking...it's cracking the wall of silence on this issue and for that I applaud [him]." (Rich Cizik, Former Vice President for Government Affairs, Natl. Assoc. of Evangelicals 2009)
"Jonathan Merritt seeks a renewed approach to American Society." --Christianity Today, November 2009
"At a time when many faithful Jesus followers are rediscovering their calling to work for the common good, comes Jonathan Merritt, who with humility and humor reminds us that loving people and loving God includes caring for creation. A commitment to understand the plain meaning of the Bible and an ability to integrate the Christian imperatives of evangelism, discipleship, scholarship, and compassion make Jonathan one of the most significant voices of a new generation." (Rusty Pritchard, president and co-founder, Flourish 2009)
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Jonathan Merritt... maybe he's the writing on the wall and I hope so...
You'll have a hard time arguing with his scholarship or his committment....
his honesty is refreshing.... his humor delightful....
and he makes a case like an attorney!
for our responsibility and obligation to be good stewards of God's creation!
Merritt takes particular interest in Evangelicals and conservatives, who he feels have equated "environmentalism" with "liberal". He argues that caring for the Earth is not, nor should it be, a "political" issue. It's a human issue. He reflects throughout the book on the opposition he received from others when he provided his view on what the Scriptures say about creation. Many people jumped on the bandwagon, but plenty of others didn't, citing that they didn't want another "Al Gore" or didn't want some "liberal" to interfere with their religious perspective. Merritt argues that conservatives and Evangelicals can maintain their values and protect the Earth.
This culminates in a strong,but "messy" call to action that was actually stronger than I expected.Read more ›
For the Christian, Green Like God holds an important allure: It's based on Scripture more than science. In fact, Merritt does not argue that we should be environmentally conscience because the Sierra Club demands it, but because God does. God loves planet Earth; the Discovery Channel did not create our terrestrial home, God did. The Department of the Interior did not set humanity as stewards over the planet, God did. Al Gore was not the first to address environmental issues (whatever his motive and however accurately) God did in the earliest days of humanity and as long as He spoke to His people.
Merritt does address statistics behind the polluting of the planet and quite convincingly so. He uses wide and thorough documentation to build his case, while relegating the global warming controversy to an appendix. His approach is not to convince people to be good stewards of the earth's resources because of statistics, but because of the commands of God about this stewardship and the concerns of God about His creation.
For conservatives who really are concerned about the environment, but were afraid of being pigeonholed as "tree huggers" or "environmental wackos," this book is, so to speak, your salvation. Armed with the theology behind the position, one might find that trees are not what the arms are wrapped around-God is.
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Great book if you want to learn about our Christian responsibility to care for the earth. I used the book for a research paper for school. Great resourcesPublished 19 months ago by Patricia Fries
An inspiring book, written from an evangelical point of view, about our responsibility to care for God's creation. Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Darrell Grizzle
I have read a number of books and articles written by Christians on the environment. I have found many of them to be content-lite, poorly-composed, or guilt-inducing. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by W. Christopher Horst
For far too long, Christians have not embraced the preservation of God's Creation, His earth. In his debut book, `Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet,'... Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by Andrea Schultz
This book is exactly what I was looking for, the Biblical Case to be made for Christian Environmentalism. It's clear, based on the Bible, and persuasive.Published on August 25, 2010 by W. Holston
Being Green is fashionable. Being Anti-Green is almost as fashionable. Being reasonable about things, definitely not fashionable. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Adam Shields