Getting our heads around environmentalism can be tough. News reports may focus on places and problems far away from us. The science of climate change is debated back and forth, perhaps leaving us frustrated, confused, or just plain exasperated by all the conflict.
An easier – and undoubtedly more enjoyable – way to get our heads around environmental issues is to read a good novel. Here are some of my favorites, great for a book group (or just plain enjoyment):
Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer Set in the wilderness of Appalachia, this beautiful book celebrates the natural world. Written by a marvelous writer and book club favorite. Be sure to check out her other books, too.
Anna Patchett, State of Wonder This is a page turner. Set in the rainforest of South America, the story is an adventure story involving the hunt for a miracle drug.
Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things The author of Eat, Pray, Love is such a good writer that she carries off this story of a middle-aged spinster who watches moss grow. I kid you not. One of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.
Theresa Weir, The Orchard This was a Target Club Pick I ran across. Lots of human drama, along with why you really need to rinse apples before eating.
Tracy Chevalier, At the Edge of the Orchard The real Johnny Appleseed stars in this novel, set in the pioneer days of Ohio. The story is gritty, with abusive and alcoholic characters who are not part of the usual Johnny Appleseed tall tale.
Cynthia Coe is the author of several resources connecting faith with care of creation. Purchase these books for adults, children and youth exclusively on Amazon.com by visiting her Amazon Author page at this link: https://amzn.to/2VBVBrP