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Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet Paperback – March 13, 2010
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If you are looking for ways to make the earth a better place, this is a great book. The unique aspect of this book is the connection between environmentalism and Christianity. It is beautifully written and made me think about how preserving the earth is part of my faith and beliefs.
Also, this book really stuck with me. I actually removed a cardboard box from the trash can the other day and put it in the recycling pile. I am trying Tracey Bianchi! Thanks for a well-written book.
Tracey admits she owns a station wagon and only bikes for fun, her kids love fruit snacks with high fructose corn syrup and she highlights her hair. She is admittedly an average girl trying to make a difference in God's green earth.
It made me think, when Tracey stated that we are stealing from our children, and their children, when we drive gas-guzzling SUV's, and by taking more than our share of resources. I found myself highlighting ideas throughout the book; such as, on a hot summer day use a clean squirtable ketchup bottle to cool off with.
Tracey very eloquently reminds the reader that God created the world and would have us learn how to care for it. In order to help the reader become more eco-friendly Tracey has added what she calls "Green Steps" at the end of each chapter. These "Green Steps" are tips and ideas for your family to try. It's a way to decide what will work and what may not work for your family. I appreciate her honesty of what worked for her and what didn't.
Going green may seem like a difficult task, but as Tracey says, "Once you sniff out the scams and lock your loyalty into a few solid companies the green road is wide open, and getting what you need becomes easier.Read more ›
If the title of this book scares you, or you're afraid it's fully of silly hippie drivel, rest assured that it's really not that bad. In fact, I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit and the ideas presented within it.
There are plenty of books, websites, and blogs dedicated to "going green" and living with less. Much to the chagrin of my mother, I do consider myself a bit of a hippie and a lot of a minimalist. My family tends to buy secondhand, I use essential oils for just about everything, and I recently learned to make my own laundry detergent. The biggest difference between this book and all the rest is that this book is specifically written for Christians who want to learn more about preserving the planet that God has given us.
I think that many Christians forget just how important taking care of our surroundings really is. In the last 60 years, our world has grown and blossomed and boomed, and we consume more now than we ever have in history. In my own experience with Christians, there seem to be two categories: the college know-it-all hippie Christian and the Christian who says, "God is in control so how I treat the environment doesn't really matter."
Last week, while picking up my son from AWANA at church, I turned off the bathroom light and was instantly chastised by a woman in the foyer. "Someone else might want to use the bathroom," she told me. "You need to leave the light on for others." While there was no one else in line for the restroom, nor was there anyone else in the restroom, I did as she asked and left the light on, all the while wondering "Is it really that difficult to flip a switch?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received yesterday--goes along with my thinking as I have strong feelings about how we can best take care of our surroundings.wamPublished on August 18, 2013 by mary alice wicker
It's easy to WANT to "go green" but sometimes life gets in the way and we feel we are too busy or feel like it's "all or nothing". Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Heather M
Really love this book! It's very practical and doesn't make you feel too guilty for not being able to do all things green - great ideas to incorporate into your everyday life! Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by FlyingBelle
In wonderful, readable prose, Tracey Bianchi articulates everyday dilemmas and global concerns. Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet is... Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Karen Halvorsen Schreck
Green Mama is thoughtful, funny, honest and insightful. Not only will this book educate you about the green conversation, it will inspire you to make doable, sustainable changes... Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by Suanne
Want to have a guide to help you be guilt-free? You may want to check out Green Mama by Tracey Bianchi. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by MasterAP
"Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet" is a helpful handbook for committed parents who want to work realistically towards an eco-friendly... Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
LOVED this book. It was written from a Christian perspective though anyone can get great information from it. It did not make me feel guilty for not being as green as I would like. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Going green is a popular topic now-a-days. We're inundated with suggests for electric cars, getting new heat pumps, water heaters, etc, and getting rid of our old appliances and... Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by Lollipops