Wow--this book contained a lot of information and inspiration! I am very excited to share with you some of what I learned.
In the first chapter, Sleeth says the book will address the following questions:
- How can I live a more godly, equitable, and meaningful life?
- How can I help people today and in the future?
- How can I be less materialistic?
- How can I live a more charitable life?
- How can I become a better steward of nature?
I hope at least one of those resonates with you. I so desire each of those things!
You may remember from my earlier post that Sleeth was a wealthy physician who decided to trade in his material riches for a simpler lifestyle and a career of speaking about environmental stewardship. His family drastically downsized their home, their possessions, their electricity usage, and the amount of trash they produce.
One of the turning points for Sleeth was conducting a self-assessment of the environmental impact of his family. He says, "We were going about life as it we were the center of the universe, and there was no tomorrow to protect. This honest inventory is what the Christian faith required of me. How could I say that I was being a good steward when I was causing so much damage to God's creation?"
Reading this book motivates me to do better, which Sleeth says is the point. As I often say, we can all improve in this area! Here's another quote:
"God's beautiful earth will not be saved by words or good intentions. It will be saved by humble, anonymous acts like turning off the lights, hanging clothes on the line, bicycling to work, and planting trees. People who are grateful for God's abundant gifts, people of faith who are not afraid to be held accountable for care of His creation, will save it."
And that's just from the first chapter. I'll be sharing more from the book in future posts.