by Matthew Sleeth, MD (Zondervan, 2010)
The Facts: Blessed Earth is a two-part DVD series (two DVDs, 6 lessons each, and two guidebooks) designed to lead small groups through discussions about creation care. Part 1, "Hope for Creation," connects key environmental themes, what Sleeth calls "elements of creation" (like light and water, etc.) to biblical themes (Jesus is the Light of the World, the Living Water, etc.). Part 2, "Hope for Humanity," focuses on actions for living the Christian life in an environmentally responsible way.
The Slant: These are good-looking videos; they are well-produced and compelling. Part 1 did not thrill us; but Part 2 is excellent. These videos (each 10 to 15 minutes long) facilitate meaningful and practical reflections on rest, work, giving, sharing, teaching, and hoping. These would be great for an adult small group, or as videos to accompany a sermon series on these issues.