L IS FOR LIFESTYLE REVISED & UPDATED PB
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- ISBN 9781783599967
- Author VALERIO RUTH
- Pub Date 20/06/2019
How can we live more responsibly? In this A-Z, Ruth Valerio highlights the main threats to people and our planet, God's beloved creation. She shows us how, by making small but significant changes to our lifestyle, we can learn the secret of a life th
How can we live more responsibly? In this A-Z, Ruth Valerio highlights the main threats to people and our planet, God's beloved creation. She shows us how, by making small but significant changes to our lifestyle, we can learn the secret of a life that is both fair and simple.
Scenario: you wake up and jump in the shower. The water is hot and the house warm. You eat breakfast: coffee made with water boiled in the kettle, and cereal with milk kept cool in the fridge. You throw out the foil trays from last night's takeaway before jumping in the car and setting off for work.
You've done nothing unusual, but already your lifestyle choices - yes, choices - have had an impact on people and the environment across the world.
With warmth and honesty, the author shares her personal journey as well as disturbing findings and deep concerns. It is her passion that we would all play our part in caring for the amazing earth that our God has so wisely and generously created.
About the Author:
Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund. An environmentalist, theologian and social activist, she worked previously at A Rocha, UK. She enjoys living sustainably, practising what she preaches, and inspiring others as she does so, on a housing estate in Chichester, UK where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
As reviewed by Dr. Stephen McQuoid in August 2020- 'With the onset of Covid19 the issue of the environment has receded, at least for the time being. However, once the pandemic is a memory, I have no doubt the issue of the environment will regain its central place in the national consciousness. I confess to being slightly skittish about some environmental writings, partly because of their virtual deification of the creation not the creator, partly because I sometimes feel they are more concerned for planet earth than the people who occupy it and partly because I disagree with their worldview. This book, however, was actually a joy to read.
I did not agree with everything in it and at times I felt that Valerio was straying slightly into the realms of impracticality. What she sets out to do, however, she does very well. She goes through the alphabet A-Z dealing with the whole debate in broad brush strokes (Activist, Banana, Creation, Driving etc.), but explaining the issues we are dealing with and giving practical advice on how we can change our lifestyle in such a way as to benefit the environment. The vast range of issues she deals with include pollution, exploitation of workers, economics, food waste, recycling and Xenophobia to name but a few. As she does so, she brings scripture to bear on the points she makes and finishes each chapter (of which there are 26) with a list of action points that if adhered to by everyone would make a difference. The book is easy to read and understand, is actually very practical and most of the action points I think are achievable. Given the importance of the issues involved this book is a worthy read. Best of all, Valerio’s style is not scolding but rather encouraging as she implores Christians to care about God’s creation. I could see this book having a wide appeal, perhaps especially among young people.'
Publisher/Imprint: Inter-Varsity Press
Format: Paperback / softback