When I started reading this book I was unconvinced that it
would provide any truly helpful insight to environmental issues. Especially
difficult for me to accept was the reliance on spreading Christianity. I did not understand how sharing the bible
would help improve peoples' relationships with the earth. Even after reading
the chapter entitled "Sharing the Gospel" I find myself questioning the
necessity as it relates to stewardship. I do think I understand why the author
finds it so important. He explains that giving people the resources to improve
the land doesn't do any good if they don't gain respect for it or themselves.
One way to teach those values is through the bible. I appreciate the fact that
the author believes in respecting other peoples' beliefs and does not try to
force Christianity upon the people he helps. Letting people find God in their
own way gives them a stronger faith.
Note: I do understand that this is a sensitive subject and I do not intend to insult anyone's beliefs.