Before the snake, the apple and the Ten Commandments, God created a garden, placed humans in it, and told them to take care of it.
"Spiritual environmentalism" did not start out as an oxymoron--it was an invitation. Yet today, many believe God's original job description for humankind has been replaced by other worthier pursuits. So when did this simple instruction become so controversial? How does one sort through the mixed messages? Is making the world a healthier place for the next generation really a responsibility--or even possible?
Gardening Eden is a new understanding of how the spiritual dimensions of life can find expression and renewal through caring for our incredible planet. Empowering, simple, and never polemical, Michael Abbate outlines the Bible's clear spiritual benefits of caring for creation, exploring new motivations and inspired ideas, and revealing the power of our basic connection to all people and living things through the growing interest in spiritual envrionmentalism.
Green living is not longer a fad--simple lifestyle solutions are now available to everyone. Gardening Eden shows readers ow this shift transforms not only our world, but their very souls as they're drawn into deeper harmony with the Creator. This book invites them to discover the powerful spiritual satisfaction of heeding the call to save our world.
Even if you don't believe "going green" is an answer, you will find so many tips and insights into the common sense world of taking care of the earth, it is worth the read.
A nationally recognized expert in"green" development strategies, Mike Abbte is a founder of GreenWorks, an award-winning landscape architecture design firm. He frequently speaks to students and leaders about practical ways to minimize the impact of building and landscape design on natural resources. Abbate's work has been featured in national magazines such as Metropolis and Landscape Architecture and in many local newspapers and trade publications. He and his wife, Vicki, have two adult daughters and live near Portland, Oregon.