Growing a Sustainable Soul

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Winner of the Bronze Medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest in the Christian devotional/study category!

Do you know what the Bible and sustainability have in common?

This book provides the answer. Written for both the religiously devout and the spiritually curious, Growing A Sustainable Soul’s friendly and approachable tone inspires readers to connect their personal desire to care for the environment with divine care for creation. Each of the 41 devotions starts with a sustainability-oriented verse from the Bible, followed by a reflection tying it to everyday experiences, and ends with either a question to ponder or a way to take action. It’s a perfect book for church book groups or individuals.

ISBN 978-0-9839899-1-2

SKU: Sus Soul

1 review for Growing a Sustainable Soul

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beth Cole

    Growing A Sustainable Soul by Bob Flanagan
    Reviewed by Joyce Sanders for the National Altar Guild Association
    Who has not had a deep nurturing of his or her spirit by an interaction with nature, awe at beauty or the drama of lightning and thunder, and recognized the glory and power of God?
    Bob Flanagan, Episcopal priest, refers to that glory and power in his Growing a Sustainable Soul and shows how nature is a teacher in that growth process. In the 102 pages, he shows how nature inspires our very being. Flanagan reflects on selected Bible verses, and uses those to remind the reader of the interconnection between his spirituality and nature. The author notes as we are spiritually and physically sustained by the Earth, we have the moral responsibility to sustain it. Flanagan states, “we cannot love God without respecting creation” (p37) and “we cannot value creation unless we take time to care for it” (p65). The overall theme of the book is the emphases of man’s responsibility in caring for that same nature that gives us its beauty, bounty and comfort. The book largely is a reminder of the need for ecological care and concern, but it also addresses the nurturing of the soul in the process of that care.
    In his 41 brief reflections, each based on a Bible verse, he challenges the reader to think how his personal actions or inactions in everyday living impact the Earth. After each of his written reflections, there is a space for the reader to respond with his own thoughts. Also, often there is a suggested activity for the reader.
    Growing A Sustainable Soul is friendly, easy to read and understand, and is thought provoking. It clearly challenges the reader to care for God’s creations – the planet and man’s inner being. It is designed to be read one section at a time, then to be contemplated and acted upon.

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