Friday, August 24, 2012

Should Christians Be Environmentalists? by Dan Story

Genre- Christian Life/Social Issues

Published by- Kregel

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 208

Age Group- Adult, High School

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4249-0




Does the Bible contain verses about environmental stewardship?  Are we as Christians instructed to dominate the earth or are we to be stewards of the land and resources?

Everyone blames everyone else, so who is to blame, is it just one group or all?  Are the Christians only to blame as some say?  This book doesn’t place blame, but shows us as Christians and environmentalists what we can do.

Topics include

  • “Environmentalism: A Movement in Need of Religion”
  • “A Bible-Based Theology of Nature”
  • “Environmental Ethics and the Role of the Church” 

About the Author- image

 Dan Story has been interested in nature since he went on a camping trip at the age of five.  He has been active in environmental organizations since the 1970’s.  He became a Christian in 1981 and has since then worked to combine being a Christian with his love for nature.  He has two children, four grandchildren and lives with his wife in California, where he enjoys being exploring the great outdoors near his home.

My thoughts-

Part of the year I live out West where the ranchers and hunters have a better understanding of what it takes to care for the land than do the people who live in other parts of the United States.  I think that environmentalism is important, but I believe that before a person supports something they need to know a lot about it first.  One such example would be the wolves in Yellowstone.  It is great to have them back where they used to be, but the elk herds have decreased greatly and there have to be a certain number of wolves outside of the park as well.  No amount of compensation from the government is going to be enough when the wolves kill your prized Pyrenees or other sheep dog, so other ways may need to be figured out.

This book was well written and I thought the subject matter was very important.  As you can see I have opinions on the matter, so I would like to be able to present them as a Christian and I would like to spread the message for God to the best of my abilities.  And this book helps me to begin to do that.

This book has reawakened my desires to really do more for the environment than I have been doing.  I am going to look into Christian Environmental groups and pass this book onto my sister.  Please read this book and then pass it onto others, so we can make this world a better place for us all.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Should Christians Be Environmentalists by Dan Story for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. All links were current when posted. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


  1. Thanks Rani for you kind comments. I'm glad it created a greater desire to engage in ecological activities--I hope it does your sister too! That's a major reason I wrote the book.

    Dan Story

  2. Thanks Rani for the great review of my book. Someday wolves and elk and dogs will all co-exist peacefully in the future "new heaven and earth" (Isa. 11). Then we won't have to make decisions on which gets to survive. In the meantime we can do our best to protect both. Glad you enjoyed my book. I've done my job if it has encouraged you and other readers to better appreciate God's creation.

    Dan Story