What started as a hallway conversation is now a reality.The Green Bible is finally here!
As many of you know, I’m the “Bible Girl” at HarperOne. So, about a year ago, I started contacting theologians and Christian conservationists to find out what the Bible has to say about creation. Turns out there’s a lot! There are over 1,000 verses that speak to how God interacts with, cares for and is intimately involved with creation as well as verses on how we are called to care. What really impacted me was seeing the teachings on creation throughout the ages – from the Apostles Creed to Martin Luther, Billy Graham, and Rick Warren. This isn’t a new message – but one that is woven throughout scripture. I was also able to work on the Green Subject Index, which includes listings of Bible passages that cover such topics as animals, caring for your neighbor (yes.. people are a part of creation!), land and water. This process meant that I read hundreds and hundreds of verses that all speak to God’s magnificent creation. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it” (Psalm 24:1, NRSV). What a privilege to work on such an incredible project!
You also might like to know that these verses are also highlighted in green. Yes… this is a Green-Letter edition! And, we also printed The Green Bible on recycled paper using soy-based inks, along with a super hip cotton/linen cover. It includes a study guide as well as essays from N.T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, and a foreword from Desmond Tutu.
If you’ve ever wondered what God has to say about “going green” or if you’re skeptical of the green movement and how it relates to your faith or if you haven’t picked up a Bible in years but you’re passionate about caring for the environment, take a look at The Green Bible. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Here I am at the Creation Care booth at the Catalyst Conference with two people who helped me develop this Bible.