Monday, April 20, 2009

Gardening Eden by Michael Abbate (And Giveaway)

*** Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy. Deadline is Sunday April 26 at midnight.***

Before the snake, the apple, and the Ten Commandments, God created a garden, placed humans in it, and told them to take care of it.

“Spiritual environmentalism” did not start out as an oxymoron—it was an invitation. Yet today, many believe God’s original job description for humankind has been replaced by other worthier pursuits. So when did this simple instruction become so controversial? How does one sort through all the mixed messages? Is making the world a healthier place for the next generation really a responsibility—or even possible?

Gardening Eden is a new understanding of how the spiritual dimensions of life can find expression and renewal through caring for our incredible planet. Empowering, simple, and never polemical, Michael Abbaté outlines the Bible’s clear spiritual benefits of caring for creation, exploring new motivations and inspired ideas, and revealing the power of our basic connection to all people and living things through the growing interest in spiritual environmentalism.

Green living is no longer a fad—simple lifestyle solutions are now available to everyone. Gardening Eden shows readers how this shift transforms not only our world, but their very souls as they’re drawn into deeper harmony with the Creator. This book invites them to discover the powerful spiritual satisfaction of heeding the call to save our world.

My Review:
I am about halfway through this book and so far I love it. I keep stopping to write things down. I am going to update this post when I finish hopefully tomorrow night.

Author Bio:
A nationally recognized expert in “green” development strategies, Mike Abbaté is a founder of GreenWorks, an award-winning landscape architecture design firm. He frequently speaks to students and leaders about practical ways to minimize the impact of building and landscape design on natural resources. Abbaté’s work has been featured in national magazines such as Metropolis and Landscape Architecture and in many local newspapers and trade publications. He and his wife, Vicki, have two adult daughters and live near Portland , Oregon .


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an awesome book. I'd love to be entered.

mindy said...

sounds fabulous thanks for the giveaway


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Valerie said...

sounds like a wonderful read
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I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Love this giveaway. Count me in.

A Reader said...

Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Bookfool said...

I'm looking forward to your full review. We were kind of stunned at how environmentally conscious an entire nation can be, when we were in Costa Rica. They recycle like crazy and we even had to throw away our toilet tissue in trash receptacles at one hotel because they recycle the water and use the "biogas" to help power the hotel. I was so impressed.

wendy wallach said...

Interesting take...would love to read this.

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D Q said...

Sounds like a great read.

Sharon said...

Sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the giveaway

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windycindy said...

I grew up watching my mother and her green thumb nurture and grow many beautiful flower gardens! People would actually walk by our yard and want to ask about the varieties of flowers that she grew. This book sounds marvelous! Please enter my name in your drawing.
Many thanks.....Cindi

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