Apr 15, 2010

Green Like God by Jonathan Merritt

Unlocking the Divine Plan for our Planet

In GREEN LIKE GOD, Jonathan Merritt gently and insightfully observes that the bible has a lot to say about environmental problems like unclean water, material waste, over consumption, air pollution, and global warming. In fact, Jonathan writes that "in the book of Genesis, God went green and never looked back." Relying heavily on scripture, Jonathan gives the case for green living, but not because it's trendy and hip. Rather, it's part of living rightly as a believer. It's an act of obedience to our Creator-God.

GREEN LIKE GOD is at once practical, prescriptive, and conversational in tone. The author looks at a number of trends with tips to help the reader wade into the world of creation care living. An appendix includes suggestions of things we can do. In addition, the book includes interviews with everyday Christians to tell the story of the journey to environmental stewardship among people of faith.

This is the book that Christians are longing for and need today. Written for a new generation of Christians who are struggling with how to deal with the important issue of creation-care and green living, GREEN LIKE GOD is both highly relevant and theologically sound. It will have a profound impact on how Christians live and interact with the world today.


Jonathan Merritt is a faith and culture writer whose work appears regularly in national publications such as USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Relevant magazine. As a powerful Christian voice, he has appeared on ABC World News, NPR, and PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Merritt holds a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, and currently lives outside Atlanta, GA. You can find out more about Jonathan at www.jonathanmerritt.com.


Green Like God is a very different kind of book for me to read and review. I have never been much interested in the green movement, but this book has opened my eyes. Each of us has a personal responsibility to do our part to preserve our home here on earth, for as long as we are inhabitants.

One of the chapters in this book is titled "The Sanctuary in Which We Live". It says that we all have access to the voice of God in nature. We may feel a stirring as we stand at the edge of the ocean at midnight. As we feel the waves lapping on our toes, we might stare up at a moonbeam that stretches from our eyes to outer space. How can we not know that we are part of something bigger? How can we deny that Someone exists who created all this beauty for us to enjoy? How can we pretend that it is not our responsibility to take care of this beautiful place that God has provided?

I enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who desires to unlock the divine plan for our planet. I hope that you will be impacted by the concepts in this book as much as I was.

Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet
Publish Date: 4/21/2010
ISBN: 9780446557252
Pages: 208
Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"

Thanks to Hachette Books, I received a complimentaray copy of the book for the purpose of review.

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