It was written in a mountain hideaway as eagles soared up the valley below. Published in time for United Nations climate change talks in Paris, A Christian Guide To Environmental Issues focuses on A Rocha UK and its associates across the globe.
Penned by A Rocha UK board member Rev Margot Hodson with her husband Martin (pictured), the book takes eight environmental issues and offers a biblical reflection on each one. ‘As far as we know, nobody has taken this approach before,’ said the couple.
The Hodsons wrote their manuscript on sabbatical in Spain, mostly in a mountain retreat. ‘A special highlight was sitting on the terrace of our apartment at breakfast,’ said Martin, ‘and watching the booted eagles flying up the valley below.’
They ended their sabbatical trip at Cruzinha, A Rocha Portugal. ‘It was October, but felt like mid-summer, and we were told this was very unusual,’ said Margot. ‘Was that global warming? We also realised how serious the threat to the Alvor Estuary is from development.’
The couple hope the book will give people an easy-to-understand summary of the main environmental issues, linked to biblical teaching. There are also Bible studies that can be used in groups.
RENEWAL OF CREATION
Bishop of Dudley Rt Rev Graham Usher said the book ‘looks straight in the eye of the most serious set of environmental challenges humanity faces’. He felt it would provoke readers ‘to better think, act and pray for the renewal of creation’.
Former Friends of the Earth chief Andy Atkins said he longs to see Christians everywhere showing their love of God by standing up for the environment in their communities. ‘This book will help to fire up that movement,’ he wrote in the foreword.
Published by BRF, the book retails at £9.99. A Rocha UK and A Rocha International supporters can buy copies at £7.99 each, plus post and packing. Order online here, from BRF Direct on 01865 319700 or email. Quote code AROCHA. Offer ends 31st December 2015.