Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action

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Not long ago, J. Matthew Sleeth had a fantastic life and a great job as chief of the medical staff at a large hospital. He was living the American dream---until he saw an increasing number of his patients suffering from cancer, asthma, and other chronic diseases. He began to suspect that the Earth and its inhabitants were in deep trouble. Turning to Jesus for guidance, Sleeth discovered how the scriptural lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship could be applied to modern life. The Sleeths ...
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Not long ago, J. Matthew Sleeth had a fantastic life and a great job as chief of the medical staff at a large hospital. He was living the American dream---until he saw an increasing number of his patients suffering from cancer, asthma, and other chronic diseases. He began to suspect that the Earth and its inhabitants were in deep trouble. Turning to Jesus for guidance, Sleeth discovered how the scriptural lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship could be applied to modern life. The Sleeths have since sold their big home and given away more than half of what they once owned. In Serve God, Save the Planet, Sleeth shares the joy of adopting a less materialistic, healthier lifestyle, stronger relationships, and richer spiritual lives. With the storytelling ease of James Herriot and the logical clarity of C. S. Lewis, Sleeth lays out the rationale for environmentally responsible life changes and a how-to guide for making those changes. “Creation is groaning. And Matthew Sleeth has responded. Serve God, Save the Planet is not an alarmist call of despair, but a hopeful invitation to re-imagine the way we live. Sleeth’s words have the urgency of an ER crisis coupled with the deep faith that the Church is ready to join God in healing the wounded world.” --Shane Claiborne, activist and author of The Irresistible Revolution.
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Editorial Reviews

Acton Institute
'...a great read on how individual Christians and their families can respond to God’s call for environmental stewardship.' -- '...a great read on how individual Christians and their families can respond to God’s call for environmental stewardship.'
Books and Culture
'...remarkable: elegantly written, theologically and scientifically acute, and not least, beautifully typeset and bound.... Serve God, Save the Planet is about much more than environmental activism.... [W]hat I took away from Sleeth's book had less to do with the specifics of energy use and recycling than the hope that there is a better way to live as families: that it is possible to detoxify our technologized and hypermediated homes, and that our children will thank us for it.... Sleeth...is the perfect missionary for the environmental cause;....he recognizes, in time-honored evangelical style, that the most important battleground for any social change is the human heart....' -- Books and Culture
Books & Culture
'...remarkable: elegantly written, theologically and scientifically acute, and not least, beautifully typeset and bound.... Serve God, Save the Planet is about much more than environmental activism.... [W]hat I took away from Sleeth's book had less to do with the specifics of energy use and recycling than the hope that there is a better way to live as families: that it is possible to detoxify our technologized and hypermediated homes, and that our children will thank us for it.... Sleeth...is the perfect missionary for the environmental cause;....he recognizes, in time-honored evangelical style, that the most important battleground for any social change is the human heart....' -- '...remarkable: elegantly written, theologically and scientifically acute, and not least, beautifully typeset and bound.... Serve God, Save the Planet is about much more than environmental activism.... [W]hat I took away from Sleeth's book had less to do with the specifics of energy use and recycling than the hope that there is a better way to live as families: that it is possible to detoxify our technologized and hypermediated homes, and that our children will thank us for it.... Sleeth...is the perfect missionary for the environmental cause;....he recognizes, in time-honored evangelical style, that the most important battleground for any social change is the human heart....'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933392011
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Sleeth, MD, is the executive director of Blessed Earth, an educational nonprofit that inspires and equips Christians to become better stewards of the earth. Together with his wife, Nancy, and two children, he helps lead the growing creation care movement. www.blessedearth.org
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Genesis 1
Ch. 2 An ounce of prevention can change the world 11
Ch. 3 A Christian's case of Earth care 20
Ch. 4 The Earth is the Lord's 37
Ch. 5 Moving from faith to works 48
Ch. 6 Too much stuff 62
Ch. 7 An hour of work, a day of rest 74
Ch. 8 Television : more real than real 88
Ch. 9 Steward parents and servant children 100
Ch. 10 Food for thought 113
Ch. 11 A house is not a home 124
Ch. 12 It's a wonderful life 136
Ch. 13 Power and light 147
Ch. 14 First, do no harm 156
Ch. 15 Population fallout 166
Ch. 16 God is love 176
App. A Serve God, save the planet energy audit 184
App. B Stewardship, one appliance at a time 192
App. C Let it begin with me : an Earth care to-do list 200
App. D Luther, Calvin, Lewis, and others on creation care 206
App. E Excerpts from the evangelical climate initiative 210
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