Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet

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Moms today are busier than ever. Taking care of the planet sounds like a great idea―but in the midst of taking care of your kids, it becomes just one more thing to feel guilty about not doing. Tracey Bianchi knows what it’s like to live in the middle of suburbia with a to-do list too long to write down. In Green Mama, she brings green living within reach for every overtired, overstressed, and overwhelmed mom. Her practical suggestions help moms like you make environmentally wise choices at the grocery store, schoolyard, and kitchen table, while keeping an eye on the kids and the budget. With creative tips, tricks, and resources, she shares her stories of successes and failures in saving the planet and inspiring her kids to love God’s world. Moms need a resource like Green Mama to remind them that green living is not another chore but an invitation to a creative partnership with God. As Bianchi enthusiastically tells you, green living is more than a trend―it is God’s beautiful plan for the planet and for your life. This book and its contents are not authorized, endorsed, sponsored or approved by The Green Mama, LLC

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Tracey Bianchi is an editorial advisor and quarterly columnist for Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership newsletter and MOPS International’s Fullfill magazine. A frequent speaker at MOPS groups and MOPS International conventions, she earned a master of divinity degree with honors from Denver Seminary. She is now the director of women’s ministries for Christ Church of Oak Brook, where she regularly teaches large groups and classes. Bianchi lives in Chicago with her family.

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“Green Mama is pure gold. I love this book not only because Tracey Bianchi offers practical ‘green’ tips that any busy family can tackle, but also because, whether she’s dishing on eco-snobs, confessing her own eco-sins, or sharing her dream of green churches, readers see the heart, mind, and funny bone of a woman who loves her family, loves her God, and loves this earth he entrusted to us.” -- Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira

“I’m a little ticked at Tracey Bianchi. With only a modicum of guilt, she sucked me into caring about her ‘green living‘ campaign using humor, common sense, and God’s Word. Now I’m eco-examining everything and, in the process, considering becoming a ‘green papa.’ Thanks, Tracey, for opening my eyes to another discipleship pathway. I’d urge you to read Green Mama. Then recycle it. See, I’m getting it already.” -- Mike Murphy

“Tracey Bianchi has written a lovely, accessible, family-friendly book on living green. Addressing everything from eco-snobs to bamboo sheets and carbon footprints to green worship, Green Mama is a fresh foray into God’s love for all the things kids love: animals, water, trees, and sky. I loved the ‘green steps‘ and the ‘eco-exam‘ at the end of each chapter. Grab a mom friend and introduce your tribe to the fun it can be to care for planet earth.” -- Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

“Green Mama offers the ordinary mom an accessible model and guide to a greener lifestyle. With humor, storytelling, and grace, Bianchi pushes the activities and ideas of being ‘green‘ beyond what is simply trendy, offering a realistic way to honor Creation and teach our children to do the same.” -- Shayne Moore

“Tracey carefully weaves the holistic message of creation care, our lives, and Christ’s model with honesty, humility, and an edge of humor that pulls the reader out of complacency. Instead of resorting to guilt-inducing tactics, Tracey suggests clear, concrete, and practical steps to open our view wider so we can see the compelling reasons for making everyday changes to our routines and the joy that lies within those choices. In Green Mama, Tracey illustrates the real impact each mom can have on her family, her community, and her world.” -- Dr. Liz Selzer

“Tracey Bianchi is no environmental softie, but neither is she a messenger of ecological doom. Humor, honesty, and humility grace the pages of this creation-care primer, where Bianchi ties even the grittiest practicalities of green diaper choices and sustainable birthday parties into the wild and sublime narrative of God’s love for his creation.” -- Kendra Langdon Juskus

“Informative and engaging, Green Mama is, simply put, a good read. Tracey Bianchi is a gifted storyteller who explores the impact of her choices, ever seeking to walk more gently on the earth. In Green Mama, readers will learn many things---from becoming savvy consumers to crafting green family traditions. Most of all, readers will learn how to create greener and happier lives for their families---without making themselves crazy.” -- Jennifer Grant

“Having spent time with Tracey in the Colorado backcountry, I can attest to her commitment to creation care and environmental stewardship---such a long step from her first bumbling trip in the wilderness of Washington. Green Mama is not only an instruction manual but also an invitation to join Tracey on the journey.” -- Brad Widstrom

“Environmentalism can seem preachy, meddling, and self-righteous, pointing out all the fun things you’re not supposed to do. Come to think of it, so can religion. So how does Green Mama Tracey Bianchi manage to combine them while avoiding finger-wagging and tut-tutting? By letting grace and kindness infuse her call for all of us to rediscover what it means to be truly human, experiencing nature, family, and God’s goodness to the fullest.” -- Rusty Pritchard

“It’s one thing to recognize that God calls us to care for creation. It’s another to find ways to do it in the midst of family life. That’s why Tracey’s book is invaluable for anyone---not just Christians and not just mamas---who wants to tread a bit more lightly on the planet. This highly practical book will inspire you with great, doable ideas that will change how you drink, eat, shop, dress, vacation, decorate, parent, play, and think.” -- Carla Barnhill

As a stressed-out mom of toddlers who cares deeply for God’s creation, I appreciate Tracey’s utterly doable approach to God-centered green living. She gets that caring for others and the planet is a vital part of following Christ, but also acknowledges that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to green living. Her candid stories, practical perspective, and accessible action steps provide anyone the means to start living the green life no matter where they are at. -- Julie Clawson

“On Tuesday mornings, I drag four garbage cans of trash to the curb for pickup. Our neighborhood averages two garbage cans per family. My family needs Green Mama---a delightful, practical read on the little things every family can do to save the planet. Bianchi, surprisingly, isn’t preachy or angry. The writing is warm, witty, and hopeful. I’m setting a goal for only three cans by the curb this next Tuesday.” -- Dave Goetz

“Tracey Bianchi brings a fresh, down-to-earth approach to environmental stewardship through her new book, Green Mama. As she shares about finding a rhythm for sustainable living, Tracey provides a guilt-free system for incorporating creation care into everyday life. After reading this book, I came away with the concept that we can do it, one choice at a time. And our value to care for creation can be embraced within family and passed on to future generations as well.” -- Tri Robinson

“Green Mama not only raised my awareness, but inspired me. As moms, we can really make a difference. Thank you, Tracey, for leading the way.” -- Kristen Bell

“Green Mama is a clarion call to live more responsibly. I haven’t read a book in decades that has more profoundly affected the way I live. Tracey Bianchi gently but forthrightly calls us to consider how our lifestyles may be contributing to the suffering of others. I will never use paper towels or eat chocolate with the same careless recklessness again because Tracey has led me to see that those simple decisions about how I live have long-lasting consequences. If you want to learn practical ways to extract yourself from the tyranny of commercialism and show your love for God and people, read this book.” -- Arloa Sutter

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