I love I Love God’s Green Earth: Devotions for Kids Who Want to Take Care of God’s Creation. I know there are a variety of opinions out there about how we should be caring for our planet, but I think Michael & Caroline Carroll presented a great devotional book teaching children how to approach the issue in a reasonable and balanced way. If you’ve been wanting to talk about the issue of conservation with your children, but weren’t sure how much you wanted to steep your family into the discussion, this might be a great book for you all to tackle together.
I Love God’s Green Earth is a new release from Tyndale House Publishers and it is broken up into 90 days worth of “devotionals.” At the beginning of each devotional, the Carrolls share a Bible verse and ask the reader a question. Each devotion includes: a scripture verse, some scientific fact to consider, some thoughts to connect the scripture to the scientific fact, a question for the reader to get them to start thinking about what they might be able to do to help care for that which they have dominion over and some “fun stuff” like a joke or a riddle to accompany the message.
The reason I like this book is because I think it is easy for Christians to dismiss the idea that they can play a major role in helping to care for the earth. However, I would remind them that we should care for God’s creation faithfully and in a wise and reasonable way – which will look different for each unique individual and family. We should take delight in caring for that which we are in authority over. For most of us that means just thinking about what items we might recycle instead of tossing in the can, or maybe some of us are interested in planning our own home gardens! Again, every person’s role looks different according to ability and opportunity. I think this book provides plenty of food for thought in determining what each family unit can do to care for the earth.
There are certainly aspects of this book that I’m not totally gung-ho about, but overall I’m thoroughly satisfied with it because it provides food for thought. Sometimes just thinking about the problem can help us find our own individual solutions to it. I don’t think this is a “one size fits all” issue and I’d rather the government not step in to regulate our decisions in this area. Instead, I think we should be wise stewards of what we have possession of, caring for it as best as we can and helping to protect that which we are responsible for. I like how this book urges people in a productive, upbeat way.
Are you curious about I Love God’s Green Earth? I have one copy to giveaway to one of you, courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers. To enter, simply leave a comment below. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only.
In honor of Earth Day, we have another fun add-on to our Earth Day books giveaways. In addition to the book, the winner will receive a Marcal Small Steps starter pack worth $25.
Marcal Small Steps products use 100% post-consumer waste. I (Jennifer) was able to try these products out. I would not recommend the tissues (they are just too scratchy), but the toilet paper and paper towels are great.
I don’t know if you know that although many people recycle, there isn’t always a market for the end-result, so I love that they are trying to find a way to use it.
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Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know and Reading My Library.
My teens would enjoy this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sounds like a really neat book to share with family and friends.
Michele Anne says
sounds great, my niece would like I think
Both of my kids are really interested in nature and in taking care of God’s creation. I think they would love this book!
Sounds like a very interesting devotional for kids.
I know just the kid for that devotional! He is just getting to the age where he wants to protect the planet and I’d rather he do it in “a wise and reasonable way” like you said.
My mom really likes the “Small Steps” products. She says that they actually work better than the non-recycled towels and TP.
P.S. Thank you for writing about the tissue issue! I was going to grab a box the next time I went to the store, but I get my normal brand instead.
This sounds like something that my daughter would enjoy reading. There is definitely balance needed when you are dealing with “save the planet” type things.
Sounds like a great book. I’m all about reducing, reusing and recycling!
Theresa Haskins says
OH MY GOSH! This is amazing! I co-lead a 4-H environmental science club at my daughter’s school (which is a science magnet school). This would be such an asset!!!! Thanks for the give away!
Renata Bowers says
What a fabulous book! I can’t wait to share it with my boys. I’ll be twittering and linking to this review today as a part of my Earth Day awareness. Thanks!
Alison S. says
This looks like a fun devotional that is a little different from the usual devotionals you see for kids.
Happy Earth Day to all! Thanks.
Michele Anne says
Fab….sign me up…I know just who I would give this to…
melissa n says
I bet my husband would really enjoy this 🙂
Kirsten T. says