Creation Care and Climate Change

Care for Creation – A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth by Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., and Pamela Wood.  Saint Anthony Messenger Press, 2009. Three Franciscan authors combine good science with solid theology and practical applications to develop a Franciscan spirituality of the earth following in the footsteps of Jesus with the guidance of St. Francis of Assisi. Four sections highlight the distinct relationships creation has with the world: incarnation, community, contemplation, and conversion. The authors propose ways in which we can all understand our own roles in relationship to the earth and ways in which we can make it better. Paperback, 225 pages, list price $18.95.  ISBN-10: 0-86716-838-2

The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices:  Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Michael Brower, PhD and Warren Leon, PhD.  Three Rivers Press, 1999.   Paperback, 304 pages, list price $15.00.  ISBN 0-609-80281-x

Defending Mother Earth: Native American Perspectives on Environmental Justice edited by Jace Weaver. Orbis Books, 1996.  Paperback, xvii + 205 pages, list price $18.oo.

Earth Prayers from around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems and Invocations for Honoring the Earth edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon.  HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.  Paperback, 452 pages, list price $15.00.  ISBN 0-06-250746-x

Earth-Wise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues by Calvin DeWitt. CRC Publications, 2008. This book introduces readers to environmental concern from a Christian perspective and includes discussion questions and activities at the end of each chapter. Paperback, CRC Publications.  1-800-333-8300.

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. 2001.  Paperback, 24 pages, list price $3.50.  Publication #5-431.  ISBN 1-57455-431-x.

Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map by Cleo Paskal.  As Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes in the Northwest passage open up–which is great for major transport lines. But this could also be a potential point of conflict between North America and Russia.  Hardcover, Palgrave Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press LLC, 280 pages, list price $27.00.  ISBN 978-0-230-62181-7.

Harm Not the Earth by Megan McKenna.  Veritas Publications, 2007.  Megan sites Scripture as our call to care for creation, warning us of the dangers we face by neglecting the earth and all its treasures.  Paperback, 192 pages.  ISBN 978 1 84730 024 9

The Heat Is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription by Ross Gelbspan. Perseus Books, 1998.  Paperback, 278 pages, list price $16.  ISBN 0-7382-025-5

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore. Rodale, 2006.  Paperback, 330 pages, list price $23.95. ISBN 1-59486-567-1

Love God Heal Earth by The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham.  St. Lynn’s Press, 2009.  Paperback, 238 pages, list price $17.95.  ISBN 978-0-9800288-3-6

Simpler Living – Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective edited by Michael Schut. Morehouse Publishing, 1999.  In a rare collection of voices, the authors of Simpler Living, Compassionate Life explore voluntary simplicity as a path to wholeness and abundance. Paperback, 296 pages.  ISBN 978-0-8192-2369-2

The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005. Paperback, 358 pages. ISBN 0-87113-935-9

Food, Faith and Sustainability

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown. Earth Policy Institute (, W.W. Norton and Company, 2009.  Paperback, 368 pages, list price $16.95.  ISBN 978-0-393-33719-8

Diet for a Small Planet, 20th anniversary edition by Frances Moore Lappé. Ballantine Books, 1991.  Paperback, 524 pages, list price $16.95.

Food & Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread, edited and compiled by Michael Schut.  Morehouse Publishing, 2009.  Authors, including Wendell Berry, M.F.K. Fisher, Eric Schlosser and Vandana Shiva, help us celebrate food as sacramental and urge us to be mindful of what we eat by providing insights on such issues as the daily loss of family farms and the impact industrial farms and genetically modified organisms have on ecology and world hunger.  Paperback, 296 pages, list price $20.00. ISBN 978-0-8192-2411-8

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and the Planet by John Robbins.  Conari Press, 2001.  Paperback, 450 pages, list price $17.95. ISBN 978-1-57324-702-3

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser.  Perennial, 2002.  Paperback, 384 pages, list price $14.95.  ISBN 0-06-093845-5

Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry.  Penguin Group, 2006.  Paperback, 350 pages, list price $18.95.  ISBN 1-58542-459-5

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan.  Penguin Press, 2009.  Paperback, 256 pages, list price $15.00.

A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil by Sharon Astyk & Aaron Newton.  New Society Publishers, 2009.  Paperback, 408 pages, list price $19.95.    ISBN 978-0-86571-623-0

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Penquin Press, 2006.  Paperback, 458 pages, list price $16.00.

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating by Jeffrey M. Smith. Chelsea Green, 2003.  Paperback, list price $17.95.

Sustaining Heart in the Heartland: Exploring Rural Spirituality, edited by Miriam Brown, OP.  Paulist Press, 2005.  Paperback, 198 pages, list price $18.95.


The Body of God: An Ecological Theology by Sallie McFague. Fortress Press, 1993. Paperback, 288 pages, list price $22.  ISBN 0-8006-2735-0

Ecology at the Heart of Faith: The Change of Heart That Leads to a New Way of Life on Earth by Denis Edwards. Orbis, 2006.  Paperback, 160 pages, list price $26. ISBN 978-1-57075-665-8

God after Darwin: A Theology of Evolution by John Haught. Westview, 2000. Paperback, list price $32.

The God of Evolution: A Trinitarian Theology by Denis Edwards. Paulist Press, 1999. Paperback, 144 pages, list price $14.95. ISBN 0-8091-3854-9

The Holy Web: Church and the New Universe Story by Cletus Wessels. Orbis, 2000. Paperback, 248 pages, list price $20. ISBN 1-57075-302-4

A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming by Sallie McFague.  Fortress Press, 2008.  Paperback, 198 pages, list price $20.  ISBN 978-08006-6271-4

Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature by Sallie McFague.  Fortress Press, 1997.  Paperback, 228 pages, list price $20.  ISBN 978-08006-3076-8

Other Reading

Animal Theology by Andrew Linzey. University of Illinois Press, 1995.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. HarperCollins, 2007.

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva. South End Press, 1997.

The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth by E. O. Wilson. W. W. Norton, 2007.

Crystal and Cross: Christians & New Age in Creative Dialogue by Bruce G. Epperley. XXIII, 1996.

EarthSpirit: A Handbook for Nurturing an Ecological Spirit by Michael Dowd. Twenty Third Publications, 2001.

Earth Spirituality: In the Catholic and Dominican Traditions by Sharon Zayac. Sor Juana Press, 2003.

Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community by Thomas Berry. Sierra Club Books, 2006.

God’s Covenant with Animals: A Biblical Basis for the Humane by Rev. J. R. Hyland. Lantern Books, 2000.

God’s Ecstasy: The Creation of a Self-Creating World by Beatrice Bruteau. Crossroad, 1997.

The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Thomas Berry.  Bell Tower, 1999.

Hidden Heart of the Cosmos by Brian Swimme.  Orbis, 1996.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. Algonquin Books, 2005.

Radical Amazement by Judy Cannato. Sorin Books, 2006.

Christianity and Vegetarianism: Pursuing the Nonviolence of Jesus by John Dear. Available at

The Reinvention of Work by Matthew Fox. HarperSanFrancisco, 1994.

Replenish the Earth: A History of Organized Religions’ Treatment of Animals and Nature by Lewis G. Regenstein. Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991.

The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering our Place in Nature, 3rd ed., by David Suzuki. Greystone, 2007.

Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2003.

Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Vandana Shiva. South End Press, 2000.

Thank God for Evolution! How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World by Michael Dowd. Council Oak Books, 2007.

The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story by Michael Swimme.  Bear & Company, 1984.

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit by Vandana Shiva. South End Press, 2002.