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Growing a Sustainable Soul is a Christian Devotional/Study text written by Bob Flanagan. Flanagan explores how a sustainable soul can be a personal and enduring work created in partnership with God and nature. Each chapter is divided into sections that have study assignments at the end. Some call for reflection on the material covered in that section; others call for action; still others call for personal assessments. Each assignment page contains lines for the reader to record their responses and make this a personal workbook. We are all part of nature, and this modern age sometimes causes a break from our roots and the earth. Flanagan uses scripture to show how loving and sustaining the earth is part of God's plan, and how Jesus, the gardener, is evident in the many things he said and did. Flanagan also includes an index of Biblical references and a list of recommended readings.
Bob Flanagan's devotional Christian book, Growing a Sustainable Soul, is a religious study book to get excited about! Even if you've recently become disenchanted with your faith or gave up on it many years ago, Flanagan's lessons will come as a welcome and unexpected surprise. The devotionals included in this book are marvelous and promise many peaceful hours of meditation and increasing self-awareness. The action assignments prove that having faith and caring actively for the environment need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, the author will have you brainstorming on how you can do more to regain that lost connection with the earth. From deciding to buy produce directly from the farmers at farmers' markets to helping the homeless and less-advantaged in accordance with Biblical teaching, Growing a Sustainable Soul shows just how grand the concept of muscular Christianity can be. I'm so inspired by this book! Growing a Sustainable Soul is most highly recommended.