Saturday, February 18, 2012

Born Again Dirt ~ Noah Sanders

"Do you desire to glorify God through the way you farm? Are you tired of reading books on farming that deny God as Creator? Have you ever wondered what agriculture would look like if it was based on the Bible, instead of evolution, Mother Nature, or the latest and greatest manipulative science?
Born Again Dirt is a book written for Christian farmers (or Christians that grow anything) and seeks to give them a Biblical vision for agriculture. This book contends that the way we farm is not unrelated to our relationship with God. Rather, it should be a reflection of it! As the title of the book communicates, if you are a born again farmer, your dirt needs to be born again as well."

"The primary goal of Born Again Dirt is not to convince Christians to adopt a particular farming method. Instead, the intent is to encourage them to begin a journey of seeking to glorify the Lord through applying the principles of Scripture to every aspect of their farms. This book seeks to do that by taking a helpful, though not exhaustive, look at various Biblical principles and considering examples of practical application. Topics covered include:

-Developing a Biblical, agricultural worldview.
-Designing farms as beautiful, fruitful homes.
-Managing your farm as a steward
-Honoring God’s design in farm production
-Growing crops that honor the Lord
-Marketing as ministry
-The idolatry of modern agriculture
-Farming for the lifestyle
-Starting a born again farm
-Making a living farming

Without claiming to know all the answers, Born Again Dirt seeks to encourage you in your pursuit of God-glorifying agriculture . This book is a must read for any Christian who is a full time farmer, backyard gardener, or for anyone who desires a more Biblical view of agriculture." Noah Sanders
This book was very helpful and informative, a must read for farming families seeking to create a fruitful farm to the glory of Christ. It is the Christian's farming handbook.

I enjoyed Sanders's opinion of the importance of godly vs pagan worldviews of farming. On one hand we can farm on an industrial level, but is it God's way? Do we follow what the 'experts' say on the best way to farm, or do we follow the patterns God has laid out for us in scripture? Is God really that specific about the way we farm?

Sander's also examines the aspect of being stewards. Are we being good stewards of God's land? Are we using it to reflect the glory of God's creation or is it for selfish desires?

He goes on to explain why it is important to have the right worldview and not have selfish desires for farming. Looking at our farming industry today, what do we see? Sure there are many countries with widely successful crops and livestock produced in huge quantities. But are the methods used to acquire businesses that big in such small amounts of time good for the consumers?

Born Again Dirt answers many questions one might have such as:
  • Why is it important to grow quality food?
  • Genetic Engineering: how can we honor the design of life?
  • Is Farming really worth it?
  • What are some patterns for animal production?
  • What does healthy soil look like?
"If we want our farms to produce the fruit that God desires, then they need to be rooted in the Word of God."Chapter 2 of Born-Again Dirt.

This book is now available at Born Again Dirt.

1 comment:

Hannah said...

Hi Bria,
I read your blog post "Warriors of Christ with Grace-filled Tongues" yesterday on Visionary Womanhood. I was so blessed by it and thankful to read something so focused and centered on Christ from a young lady. I am pregnant with our first and have been on some type of bed rest for many weeks, so I've been having lots of time for reading. We are stationed in S. Korea. I found your blog last night and read all of your entries. I just placed an order for several books and I can't wait for them to get here! Thank you for all of the reviews you have written. My dad is a farmer so I ordered Born-Again Dirt to send to him. I sent my mom a link for your blog - she is still homeschooling my younger brother and I thought she would find your reviews very helpful. Thank you for being a blessing to me (and many others I'm sure)! Have a very blessed day!