An enriching read. David Cloutier's book explores the interplay between Catholic tradition and environmental awareness. Cloutier's call for Catholics to appreciate and take care of God's creation is both practical and faith-based.
St. Anthony Messenger
Beginning with an invitation simply to take a walk in the places we inhabit, Prof. Cloutier invites readers into our local, natural worlds while also guiding us on a journey into patterns of observation, participation, and appreciation of Creation from a Catholic perspective. This book will be a helpful and accessible resource for a general audience, including faith-sharing or parish book groups, as well as introductory college-level theology courses.
Christiana Z. Peppard, Assistant Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Walking God's Earth considers how the Catholic tradition relates to environmental concerns and how `finding our place' in God's order also involves dealing with questions of fuel, food, dwelling places and more elements of daily living. The environment of the heart and soul are linked to other elements of God's creation and the holy ways involved in truly living a life of faith.
The Midwest Book Review
Explicitly Catholic in the best sense, this lovely book speaks to all Christians, from its opening invitation to walk mindfully through creation's wondrous variety to its concluding exhortation to consecrate the world. Cloutier elegantly balances four chapters that display the theological roots necessary for environmental faithfulness with four chapters that reveal the deep patterns of life that will require reconfiguration.
For clergy looking for a primer in advance of Francis' anticipated encyclical, or for lay Catholics who simply want to better understand what resources our faith tradition brings to the issue, Cloutier has provided a perfect introduction to Green Catholicism. . . . Cloutier's analogies and examples all have this easily accessibility to them that make this the kind of book that can be used in a parish adult faith formation group, or even with high schoolers.
Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter
Using familiar examples from daily life, this clearly written book examines the intricacies of economic and ecological cycles. Cloutier not only effectively demonstrates the relevance of these issues to daily suburban life, but shows how choices that affirm human dignity over individualism, and the bonds of community over empty excess, are both practical and spiritually renewing. Walking God's Earth is a faithful call for Catholics to take the steps they can, attentively and patiently working to renew the structures of our lives together for the refreshment of all creation. His vision of green and walkable communities inspires hope that Americans can renew our ways of living together, walking through God's creation as our own shared, and livable, home.
Erin Lothes Biviano, Assistant Professor of Theology, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ