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Tending to Eden Named a Finalist in the Christianity Today Book of the Year Awards!


Written by Plant With Purpose on October 14, 2010 in General

Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God’s People has been named a finalist for Christianity Today’s 2011 Book Awards in the Missions and Global Affairs category.

The October issue of Christianity Today highlights Tending to Eden in an article on the topic of creation care, finding it to be “a wonderful vignette of how the church is striving to embody new creation in the present.” You can read the article here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/october/17.27.html?start=1

Here is a brief excerpt from the article by Matthew Farrelly:

“In Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God’s People, Scott C. Sabin doesn’t articulate as much as assume that the Bible justifies caring for creation. The book describes his epiphany about the inseparable relationship between poverty and the environment, a connection he made through his work as president of the nonprofit Plant With Purpose.

At one point, Sabin does discuss standard creation care texts, but he is not tempted to squeeze unnatural interpretations in to suit his ends. His overarching message is that we must jettison a self-centered gospel and embrace a cosmic one. Sabin points out the economic details in the lives of the people Jesus encountered. In our efforts to move to the spiritual application of Jesus’ interactions, Sabin says, we often pass by the flesh-and-bone poor and dirty—much like the priest and Levite passed the half-dead man lying on the road to Jericho (Luke 10). Overall, Sabin’s book is a wonderful vignette of how the church is striving to embody new creation in the present.”


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