God of Earth
Discovering a Radically Ecological Christianity


“The natural world is full of stories with important lessons, Swenson insists… With a poetic and serene tone, she beckons readers to listen.” Publishers Weekly

“Stunningly beautiful,” and “with a good deal of humor” “Swenson suggests a subtle shift [concerning the Incarnation]… that reverberates through the entire tradition”  – Englewood Review of Books (feature review)

“Wonderfully penned meditations on the most basic questions Christianity — and humanity — now face. The writing stirs, the reflections inspire.”
Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr professor emeritus of social ethics (Union Theological Seminary, New York City), author of Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key

“Kristin Swenson invites us to gentle perceptive meditation on the place where we live. She offers a ‘theology of creation’ informed by a rich appeal to religious mystery, voiced in poetic imagery and cadence. Readers are offered thick attentiveness to the world in front of us.”
Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament (Columbia Theological Seminary), author of God, Neighbor, Empire: The Excess of Divine Fidelity and the Command of Common Good

“From the intersection of vast scholarly knowledge, deeply personal life experience, and Christian tradition, Swenson coaxes fresh truths and wisdom for all of us seeking a faith that honors the world. Wonderfully engaging, God of Earth motivates and empowers readers to stretch ideas of God as they care, in love and awe, for the earth.”
Rev. Pat Watkins, United Methodist Missionary for the Care of God’s Creation

“Seeker and visionary biblical scholar, Kristin Swenson blows past petrified Christian traditions to shine light on a profoundly radical new way to experience God”
Stephanie Pearson, contributing editor, Outside magazine

“Kristin Swenson’s God of Earth is a daring experiment to find a new vocabulary for Christian life and thought in the very depths of the life of earth itself. She finds a “Jesus beyond Jesus” incarnate in the very stuff of our planet, and calls us to heal and be healed by attending to that very illumination. Merging her own intimate and moving experiences in nature to the ancient traditions of Christianity and its church-year, she creates a pathway for our pilgrimage toward a new way of seeing and living with faith on planet earth. Words of wisdom by a rich array of scientists, theologians, and poets flow together with her own intimate experiences of nature to provide inspiration and direction. Her own expertise as a biblical scholar and her fresh and poetic language allow us to share the surprises of her discoveries and her passion for a life of caring for earth and our fellow creatures.”
Cliff Edwards, professor of religious studies (Virginia Commonwealth University), author of Van Gogh and God: A Creative Spiritual Quest