Farming As A Spiritual Discipline

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The problem with our role in creation is that we don't remember it. In our fallen state we have forgotten our place, both within God's will and love and also in our love and care for creation. We need to be reminded of who we are and what we are about. Practices and disciplines are our primary way of learning to remember, of being recollected to our place and call as creatures. I would like to offer farming, done well, as one of those disciplines. Of course we cannot take on farming and expect to learn about our role within creation any more than we can fast and expect to learn about the nature and control of our desires. If we are to practice farming and learn from it we must take it on as an intentional discipline - ready to see and hear its lessons.
-- Ragan Sutterfield

"In this quiet and patient set of meditations Ragan Sutterfield calls us to return to what is fundamental: healthy soil, tasty food, good work, the fellowship of friends, and faith in God. Whether you are an urban dweller, suburbanite, gardener, or farmer, there is much to be learned, put into practice, and enjoyed in these pages."
-- Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School

"Farming as a Spiritual Discipline is a small book that packs a big punch. It's more like a fresh layer of compost than a flashy quick-release packet of chemical fertilizer. Sort of unassuming at first glance, it is packed full of health and a great contribution to the debates about faith and environment. Personally, it has re-sparked my imagination around my work with the Pumpkin Patch Community Garden and Millwood Farmers' Market and helped me see how those fit into God's unfolding kingdom."
-- Craig Goodwin, Author of YEAR OF PLENTY

"Farming As A Spiritual Discipline is not a large book but it is one of the most powerful and concise books that should be on the shelf of every Christian. And despite what the title may infer, it is not just for farmers- it is for all of us who long for the coming shalom of God's New Earth."
-- Jason Fowler, Sustainable Traditions Blog

Published on December 2017

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