|A Brief Review of
By Tracey Bianchi
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Reviewed by Jeni Newswanger-Smith.
It’s hardly a secret that evangelical Christians have arrived late to eco-awareness and environmental protection. Thankfully, more and more of us have embraced care of creation as part of our God-given responsibility; a way to work, quite literally, for the Kingdom of God. In her book Green Mama, Tracey Bianchi offers multiple ways to incorporate better care of the environment into our everyday lives. She supports her information with solid research and softens the fear with compassion and understanding for those who might not be ready to make big steps, yet.
Bianchi, herself a mother of 3 young children, understands some of these facts and some of the research she writes about can become overwhelming. She encourages the reader to avoid compassion fatigue, both in oneself and in thrusting it upon our children.
Bianchi addresses a wide range of topics, from teaching one’s children to simply love the earth by learning about local animals and habitats to ways in which less chemical-laden products can be used to clean our homes. She isn’t naïve, she knows all these things may be super overwhelming for the newly convicted, and she repeated advises the reader to pick just one or two things to change at a time, in order to avoid giving up. At the end of each chapter, Bianchi suggests some ways to evaluate your current choices and then make minor changes (e.g., shorter showers, reusable water bottles, reading labels thoroughly, buying more organic produce).
Bianchi offers many way to further your own research, through other books as well as online resources. Each chapter includes multiple additional resources (websites and books). Her “Green Mama Guide” at the back of the book is an additional easy way to find out more information.
Overall, Green Mama is an invaluable resource for people beginning to explore how to take seriously God’s command to care for creation. It would also work well as a check point for people who may have gotten bogged down on the journey.
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
Reading for the Common Good
From ERB Editor Christopher Smith
"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
-Karen Swallow Prior
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