In the face of possible environmental catastrophe, George B. Handley believes the restored gospel of Jesus Christ offers hope not by promising believers an escape from the responsibilities of our stewardship over God’s creation, but by urging us to confront the global reality of our situation with faith, diligence, and courage. This collection of nine essays brings together over seventeen years of scholarship and writing by the leading voice on the relationship between the Latter-day Saint faith and the environment.
As a spiritual defense of biological conservation, Hope of Nature will bring comfort and inspiration to a new generation of Latter-day Saints who long to change the trajectory of environmental degradation that afflicts our age. –Paul Alan Cox, Executive Director, Brain Chemistry Labs, Goldman Environmental Prize Winner, and author of Nafanua: Saving the Samoan Rain Forest
George Handley is one of the most perceptive scholars of ecology and the Latter-day Saint tradition. These essays bring to life his insights in ways that are accessible and engaging. Beautifully written and punctuated with personal stories, they will endure for many years. We are all in his debt. –Mary Evelyn Tucker, Director, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale
This beautiful book will change the way you think about the world and your role in it. It engages the head and the heart. It is a love letter about the Creation and a prayer of gratitude to the Creator. –Brigham Daniels, Professor of Law, Brigham Young University
About the Author
George Handley teaches interdisciplinary humanities at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as the associate director of the Faculty Center. He received his BA from Stanford University and his MA and PhD in comparative literature at UC Berkeley. His scholarly publications and creative writing focus on the intersection between religion, literature, and the environment. His most recent books include the memoir Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River, the novel American Fork, and a collection of essays in the Living Faith series entitled If Truth Were a Child.