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I’m going to be honest here. I signed up to do a review of this book out of extreme curiosity.
As a Christian, I am often asked if the reason I don’t eat meat, poultry, or fish is because I am a vegan. I’m also asked if I stay away from every type of animal product and do I believe that animals have spirits. To these questions I answer No, No, and I don’t know.
Where I stand on animal cruelty and why I eat or don’t eat it is a bit more detailed than just a normal yes or no answer. I have often wondered though why more Christian’s aren’t more concerned about how our country/world raises and treats God’s creation, so when I saw this book was up on a review site, I decided to check it out.
Hi, I’m High Maintenance
My family lovingly calls me a high maintenance eater. They call me this because I am particular on what I eat. I eat mostly a plant-based diet, but on rare occasions, will eat organic chicken or beef and or wild-caught fish.
I eat this way because I have done a lot research about factory farming and have decided, for myself to eat more veggies than anything else.
Vegangelical How Caring for Animals Can Shape Your Faith
I chose to review this book for a couple reasons. The main reason being that, as I stated at the beginning, is that I don’t always understand why the Christian community isn’t more mindful of what we are eating and what the demand of eating so many animal products does to the care of these animals.
Vegangelical starts off well. Sarah Withrow King truly has a heart to educate believers and readers about our stewardship of God’s creatures and I applaud her for that.
The first chapter, Made in the Image of the Trinitarian God, has some really wonderful information and Sarah makes some very meaningful points that I don’t disagree with at all. Her explanation of the word ‘good’ in scripture was very eye opening for me and had me taking notes and underlining a lot.
Yet, as I continued to read the rest of the book, I struggled with really seeing her basis and foundation. I do agree that we are to be good stewards of God’s creation, but the scripture and outlook she shared through the rest of the book just didn’t connect.
This is Where She Lost Me
Throughout the rest of the book, I struggled to find areas of agreement. I felt the scripture she used didn’t really back up what she was trying to say and at times, was misrepresented.
At one point talking about the Problem of Exclusion, I felt like she was trying to make it sound like both humans and animals were made in the image of God and therefore should be treated the same. That as humans, we shouldn’t consider ourselves superior beings and thus should not dominate the animal species.
Using stories like Jesus living among the wild animals in the desert peaceably as examples for us to do the same, and not talking about how Jesus told Peter to cast his net into the water to catch more fish just didn’t match up.
No Black and White With This Topic
I’m a firm believer that there are just some topics in the Bible that God is not 100% straight up with and it’s those topics we, as individuals, need to pray about and seek His direction on for ourselves. This whole idea of how we care and or eat animals being just one of those topics.
Vegangelical is a well written book in the sense that she provides the reader with some good information on how we, as a culture/country, treat animals in today’s world. She also does a very good job in bringing up valid points as to why we should be better stewards of God’s creation.
Yet, if you are looking for something that is going to give you solid, biblical foundation as to why a vegan lifestyle is what God planned, I’m not sure this is that book.