Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 16, 2019

What trees reveal about God


forest  From the very beginning of creation, trees have played a major role in the history of our faith. From the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to the book of Revelation when Jesus calls Himself the Root and the descendant of David (Rev. 22:16), the Bible gives us clues to our understanding of God.  The Bible itself is made from tree products. It is called the Tree of Life in Proverbs 3:18.

While the topic itself is intriguing and I appreciated the depth of insight into the hidden language of trees throughout Scripture, the message of environmentalism and environmental rights that Matthew Sleeth preaches in “Reforesting Faith” are a little strong and forceful.  At times, it seemed like his environmental stance took precedence over his theology of trees.

Even so, Sleeth does a good job of researching and presenting the information.  “Reforesting Faith” would make a good book study but should be read alongside the Bible to check for accuracy.  I struggled with the first few and last few chapters, but all in all, Dr. Sleeth’s book is an okay study resource.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Penguin Random House as part of Waterbrook Multnomah’s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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