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4.0 out of 5 stars A user-friendly guide to Christian environmental responsibility, 3 Sept. 2008
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This review is from: Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Paperback)
Matthew Sleeth used to be a doctor, until the levels of asthma and cancer he was seeing convinced him that the environment was making us sick. He decided to quit his ER department and tackle the causes rather than the symptoms, starting by turning his own household into "a poster family for the downwardly mobile." This experience, both as personal journey and family experiment, provides a practical base to work from, and a refreshing willingness to practice what is being preached.

Sleeth's focus has been on persuading the church to take the environment more seriously, a tough task indeed in the US, so `Serve God, Save the Planet' mixes green philosophy and basic theology with the personal stories and somewhat harrowing emergency room analogies. It's honest, wise, and actually very funny.

It's also surprisingly broad in scope. Rather than get bogged down in the science and in educating people into lower carbon lifestyles, Sleeth explores the many ways that our consumer lifestyles are bad for us. He addresses disatisfaction, envy and the manufacture of wants, television and Christmas.

Through each of these the tone remains optimistic, a vision of better, healthier lifestyles found in simplicity rather than in the pursuit of wealth. Climate change is addressed, but in balance alongside air pollution, toxins, deforestation and so on.The book veers into pastoralism occasionally, but is otherwise a very readable and user-friendly guide to Christian environmental responsibility.
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