"This is a 'must have' book for every preacher who seeks to help congregations towards a faithful understanding of how human beings can join God's purposes for the created world. John Holbert's work is comprehensive: from the creation narratives in Genesis through the Prophets and Wisdom Literature to the less-often-considered role of creation in the Letters, Gospels, and Book of Revelation, John offers incisive (and highly quotable) exegesis and epigrammatic sample sermons."
--Ronald J. Allen
Professor of Preaching and New Testament
Christian Theological Seminary
"As various pseudo-experts make hay of dubious environmental science, John Holbert offers us reliable and exegetically sound biblical theology in order to help us address a creation that human beings are 'trashing.' Not just this, but Holbert helps the church address these ecological issues via the faith we preach."
--Rev. David N. Mosser, PhD
Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas and author of Transitions: Leading Churches through Change (2011)
"[T]his book . . . changed my thinking about what the Bible says and left me with both help to preach on the subject and the passionate desire to do so!
This is a powerful book, the kind that drags you through your resistance and persuades you to enjoy the trip. . . . John Holbert offers fresh exegetical insights, compelling arguments, and examples of the kind of sermons that prime a preacher's pump. But you will come away from this book with more than good compasses and maps, this is a book filled with hope."
Professor of Homiletics and Speech Communication
San Francisco Theological Seminary
"What word can preachers bring to human creatures who are putting the earth at risk? Holbert answers the question with incisive biblical interpretation, scientific knowledge, and lively sermons. He dispels the misuse of religious faith to deny or ignore the environmental crisis, and he demonstrates how to preach a scientifically informed faith that honors the Creator by redefining our role as lovers and partners of the natural order. An essential book for preachers now."
--Thomas H. Troeger
Lantz Professor of Christian Communication
Yale Divinity School & Institute of Sacred Music