Top Ten Books on Faith and Climate Change
These are our current top ten favorite books on climate change. We’ll edit and change the list as we find new books or maybe you know a good one we’ve missed.
Bingham, Rev. Cannon Sally G. Love God, Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment. Paperback 2009.
“Foremost religious leaders from diverse faith communities respond to the most controversial question of our time: Can we save the earth? The answer could hinge on the phenomenon of the fast-growing interfaith religious environmental movement. The author makes the case for environmental stewardship that cuts across old divisions of faith and politics. She presents 20 fellow religious leaders and eminent scholars (from rabbis to evangelicals to Catholics, Muslims and Buddhists) each contributing an original essay-chapter, with personal stories of awakening to the urgent need for environmental awareness and action. From all parts of the religious and political spectrum, they come together to tell why caring for the earth is a spiritual mandate, giving chapter and verse and offering plans of action that go beyond the walls of religious congregations and out into the broader community.” from Amazon
Dawson, Katie Z. All Earth Is Waiting: Good News for God’s Creation at Advent. Paperback 2017.
Met Katie Dawson at a United Methodist Conference and was impressed was first her enthusiasm. Secondly and most lasting is her message, Why Advent also includes good news for all of God’s Creation, not just humans.
“All Earth Is Waiting invites readers to explore the familiar Advent themes of hope, preparation, joy, and peace with the heavens and earth in mind. Through her powerful and personal reflections, author Katie Z. Dawson calls us to consider how all creation longs for the coming of Christ, taking seriously the notion that the good news of Christ is good news for all the world. Anticipating in Christ’s birth the reconciliation of the heavens and the earth, Dawson highlights our responsibility to care for this earth in preparation for Christ’s return.
This thematic Bible study is designed to be used by individuals and small groups during Advent. Each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week that will encourage readers to engage a specific act of creation care that will help them apply the week’s lesson.
Also included are Advent candle lighting liturgies, a Call to Worship, a Prayer of Confession that can be used throughout Advent, and hymn suggestions for each chapter. These can be used for small group worship opportunities or in corporate worship.” AMAZON
The Green Bible. 2008.
I purchased this at a National Creation Care conference about ten years ago right after it was released. It is probably the most requested book I have and also has a companion study guide.
“The Green Bible will equip and encourage you to see God’s vision for creation and help you engage in the work of healing and sustaining it. This first Bible of its kind includes inspirational essays from key leaders such as N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, Pope John Paul II, and Wendell Berry. As you read the scriptures anew, The Green Bible will help you see that caring for the earth is not only a calling, but a lifestyle.”
Tull, Patricia K. Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis. 2013
Respected Old Testament scholar and Presbyterian Patricia K. Tull has released a new book from Westminster John Knox Press that explores the Scriptures for guidance on today’s ecological crisis. In Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis, Tull looks to the Bible for what it can tell us about our relationships, not just to the earth itself, but also to plant and animal life, to each other, to descendants who will inherit the planet from us, and to our Creator. She offers candid discussions on many current ecological problems that humans contribute to, such as the overuse of energy resources like gas and electricity, consumerism, food production systems—including land use and factory farming—and toxic waste. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions and a practical exercise, making it ideal for both group and individual study.