Nancy Sleeth. Go Green $ave Green: A Simple Guide to Saving Time, Money, and GOD’S Green Earth. Review.

This book is written from a unique perspective of one who did not grow up in the Christian tradition, but as an adult has been assimilated into it upon conversion to the Evangelical faith. It seems the Sleeth family (Matthew writes the foreward, and one of the children has a section on the website), has a deep rooted faith, and is not afraid to embrace that by celebrating with Sabbaths and in caring for God’s creation in everything they do. I respect that.

The book takes for granted that the reader is motivated to care for God’s creation. There is no talk of the impending doom of Global Warming or Catostrophic Climate Change here. Yet, scripture in support of caring for God’s creation is employed in her argument. She includes several quotations from the Old Testament.

The book is organized around different areas of life. For example, there are chapters on home, work, school, church, etc. The author gives insightful ways that people can lessen their impact on the environment (Creation) in each of these areas. Evangelicals can learn a lot from the life lessons that she shares. Some of the goals will seem a bit unrealistic at first – a $20 electric bill!!! – but give one a goal to at which to aim.

Some of the helpful tips are:

Recipes for Green Cleaning products (p20)

How to reduce junk mail (p33)

Cheap, quick, and ‘green’ meals (p181)

Resources for changes at Church (344-5)

Energy Audit Worksheet (404-5)

As always, when Evangelical Christians engage culture, critiques arise. The author laments the American obsession with sports, and the time and energy (and resources) that people waste on those activities. She is of the opinion that kids should only be involved in one activity at a time so as not to monopolize the family’s time and resources. She is an advocate of family time – not TV time. In fact, since TV’s use electricity she’d say use it sparingly. But this is what I expect when I read the work of someone who is seriously struggling with how their faith affects their attitude toward God’s creation.

This book is worth it’s cost ($15) because it will get you thinking more frugally even if you don’t agree with her environmental stance. Check out her website gogreenthebook.com

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