About Reforesting Faith

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The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Perhaps you’ve missed the forest…and the trees.

In this groundbreaking walk through Scripture, former physician and carpenter Dr. Matthew Sleeth makes the convincing case why trees are essential to every Christian’s understanding of God. 

Yet we’ve mostly missed how God has chosen to tell His story–and ours–through the lens of trees. There’s a tree on the first page of Genesis and the last page of Revelation. The Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). Every major Biblical character has a tree associated with them. Jesus himself says he is the true vine (John 15:1). A tree was used to kill Jesus–and a tree is the only thing the Messiah ever harmed. 

This is no accident. When we subtract trees from Scripture, we miss lessons of faith necessary for our growth. 

This is the rare book that connects those who love the Creator with creation, and those who love creation with the Creator. It offers inspirational yet practical ways to express our love for God–and our neighbors–by planting spiritual trees and physical trees in the world.

Join Dr. Sleeth as he navigates the Bible’s trail of trees to explore the wonders of life, death, and rebirth. You’ll be amazed at how science is just beginning to catch up to the truths described in Scripture thousands of years ago. Once you discover the hidden language of trees, your walk through the woods–and through Scripture–will never be the same.

My Review

Confession: I hesitated to read this book. (Maybe that’s why I’m late on the blog.) I’d like to say that life just got in the way, which it did (by way of my stack of library books … ahem). I thought the book might lean toward tree-hugging. The list could go on; you get the picture.

Well. Thankfully, I was wrong — Reforesting Faith is not a tree-hugging read. Or if it is, it’s not of the mystical “communing” or “becoming one with nature” kind. No, this read is rooted in reality, the Bible, and God’s creation– no pun intended!

Nor does it hurt that Sleeth references Lewis, Tolkien, and George MacDonald! If you know me or have spent any time on my website, you know that is enough to make me happy.

Reforesting Faith combines science, nature, and theology in a fascinating read. Sleeth’s matter-of-fact writing style makes the read approachable and even humorous at times. I thoroughly enjoyed tracing nature in general and trees in particular through the Bible in this read, and will certainly revisit in future.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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MATTHEW SLEETH, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about the biblical call to be good stewards of the earth. A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than 1,000 churches, campuses, and events, including serving as the monthly guest preacher at The Washington National Cathedral for a year. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s most influential evangelical leaders, Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two postdoctoral fellowships. He is the executive director of Blessed Earth and author of Serving God, Saving the Planet24/6; the introduction to The Green Bible, as well as numerous creation care books and articles. Dr. Sleeth lives in Lexington, KY, with Nancy, his wife of nearly 40 years.