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Kingfisher's Fire: A Story Of Hope For God's Earth [Paperback]

Peter Harris
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18 Jan 2008
Hope is often the missing element in the environmental story. Over the last quarter century the Christian conservation organisation A Rocha has been protecting and restoring threatened sites. Their engagement with local communities, bringing new life to urban and rural areas, has made a profound impact in many lives and places. Peter Harris delightfully blends his personal story with that of A Rocha, describing a passionately-held vision and how it has worked out in the life of his own family.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (18 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854248480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854248480
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author is founder of A Rocha (and father of Monarch author Jo Swinney). He and Miranda currently live in southern France, from where he directs A Rocha's growing international operation.

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By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER
With the planet's environment apparently going down the tubes, you might wonder how the tale of a small Christian organisation could be `a story of hope for God's earth', as this book's subtitle proclaims. But this little gem most definitely is that - and a lot more besides. 'Kingfisher's Fire' is actually the second instalment of the story of A Rocha, a small outfit that's passionate about conservation, whose work seeks to embody simple `gratitude to a loving Creator' as a springboard for responding to the environmental challenges we face.

But if you're looking for one of those books that gives you a long list of lifestyle changes to `save the planet' that you then (guilt-ridden) fail to make, this isn't it. Instead, it's a book that will introduce you to visionary French eco-nuns and the Golden-rumped elephant shrew; tell you of a puzzled small-town mayor and a couple of insightful Marxist birdwatchers; and muse on storm petrels in Portugal as well as a Christian 'elder statesman' in Lebanon's Aamiq wetlands.

And amidst the anecdotes - by turns gripping, amusing, gentle and poignant - there are bright shafts of wisdom: about the need for a serious Christian theology of creation that, hand in hand with some thorough and credible conservation science, is capable of doing justice to a world fearfully and wonderfully made; about the redemption of all of creation - and our (small) place in it; and about the value of communities - rather than heroic individualism - that incarnate Christian values while working for the renewal and restoration of particular places on God's earth. Not a programme to change the (whole) world, then - just the story, engagingly told, of faithful witness through care for a creation made in love. It's a story in which A Rocha's work and its worship are hard to distinguish. And - maybe, just maybe - a story of Christians finding themselves part of the solution. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 27 May 2009
By CO boarder - Published on
What a great snapshot of how Christians around the world are practically caring for the environment! Peter Harris founded an international Christian conservation organization called A Rocha and eloquently shares the many struggles and joys they've experienced as A Rocha has spread all across the world. This book is very engaging and full of wisdom and insights. The stories in this book simultaneously encourage, challenge, and inspire. Thanks, Peter, for showing us that there is hope.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingfisher's Fire -- highly recommended for all audiences 29 Mar 2010
By Joseph K. Sheldon - Published on
Kingfisher's Fire is a sequel to Peter Harris' earlier Under the Bright Wings. It chronicles the explosive global expansion of A Rocha's mission into nearly 20 different countries today. It is an important book that I highly recommend for Christians and non-Christians alike. For Christians who question why a Christ-centered organization is working in the conservation field this book will open your eyes to the full message of Scripture and our call to care for all of God's Earthly Creation - both human and non-human. For secular individuals who look skeptically at Christianity and question it's relevance in the world today - this book will reveal the powerful role that people of faith are bringing to the present environmental issues. Both world-renowned scientists and Christian leaders recognize the significant impact of A Rocha -- a short list includes Professor Ed Wilson of Harvard University; Sir Ghillean Prance, former Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew; and author/theologian John Stott. Kingfisher's Fire not only opens ones eyes to the environmental crisis that we face, but passionately describes how individuals from the Christian faith around the world are mobilizing their efforts to bring sustainability to both the structure and function of critical ecological systems and to the human community that depends on those same ecological systems. Highly recommended for all audiences.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading 27 May 2009
By B. Lowe - Published on
I heard Peter Harris give a chapel talk at my college and was so intrigued by what he said that I immediately read this book. Kingfisher's Fire is Peter's second book sharing stories and experiences from the last fifteen years that A Rocha has been making a difference in communities around the globe. His earlier book, "Under the Bright Wings", covers the first decade of A Rocha, beginning with their field project in Portugal. Both books are well worth the read. I loved the many colorful stories and practical insights shared throughout. The story of A Rocha is an amazing one and offers a hopeful vision of healing for the earth and our communities. Highly recommended!
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