Spend less, be green. There is a notion that being green means you have to spend more money. That can be true to an extent but you can make green choices with the budget, time, and space you already have. It isn’t about going all or nothing but choosing what works for your family while caring for the earth. Green Mama is an excellent read by Tracey Bianchi. Tracey relates her journey of how she started as a consumer driven woman to the green mama she is today. Sprinkling in mom anecdotes and humorous stories along the way, she is easy to relate to.
With a Christian worldview, there may be some things that a non-Christian will shake their head at but there is such a wealth of information in this easy to read book that pertains to any of us who want to take care of this earth we live on. Tracey goes past the hype and gives real life options for those of us who want to go green(er) no matter where we live. With a very suburban slant she makes it clear that not every person is cut out to live a remote homesteading life, walking everywhere and carefully tending an acre wide organic garden. We can make an impact on our world and the earth no matter where we make our home or what lifestyle we choose.
Each chapter focuses on different aspects of living green and how we can achieve it but after the first chapter she does so in a guilt free way. I admit, after chapter 1 I was saying, “Guilt free? Because I ‘m feeling it heaped up.” I love how at the end of each chapter she has several questions. In a realistic (and non-judgmental) way she asks 1) What will you incorporate into your life? 2) What isn’t going to work for your family? If you are anything like me, everything you read makes you see just how short you fall. Whether it is green living, parenting, work, we all do a really good job at treating ourselves as failures. Tracey does a great job at helping us take off the mom guilt and get into action.
Besides being a busy and very green mom, Tracey also an editorial advisor and quarterly columnist for Christianity Today‘s Gifted for Leadership newsletter and Fulfill magazine. She frequently speaks to women, students and MOPS conventions and is the director of women’s ministries at her local church.
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