My mother-in-law recommended a GREAT book to me this weekend when they were in town visiting called, “Serve God, Save the Planet” by J. Matthew Sleeth MD. Before you turn your nose up and think “treehugger,” stay with me. Here’s a posting of the summary from the publisher:
“Not long ago, J. Matthew Sleeth had a fantastic life and a great job as chief of the medical staff at a large hospital. He was living the American dreamuntil he saw an increasing number of his patients suffering from cancer, asthma, and other chronic diseases. He began to suspect that the Earth and its inhabitants were in deep trouble.
Turning to Jesus for guidance, Sleeth discovered how the scriptural lessons of personal responsibility, simplicity, and stewardship could be applied to modern life. The Sleeths have since sold their big home and given away more than half of what they once owned. In Serve God, Save the Planet, Sleeth shares the joy of adopting a less materialistic, healthier lifestyle, stronger relationships, and richer spiritual lives. With the storytelling ease of James Herriot and the logical clarity of C. S. Lewis, Sleeth lays out the rationale for environmentally responsible life changes and a how-to guide for making those changes.
Creation is groaning. And Matthew Sleeth has responded. Serve God, Save the Planet is not an alarmist call of despair, but a hopeful invitation to re-imagine the way we live. Sleeths words have the urgency of an ER crisis coupled with the deep faith that the Church is ready to join God in healing the wounded world.”
All I have to say is that it is AMAZING! I am learning so much and even of a spiritual nature. It is an interesting perspective to think of how God feels about our Earth and what our personal responsibility is to care for it. The trees worship God the same as people. They are part of God’s creation just like human. Why don’t we take care of them?