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Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet (FaithWords, April 21, 2010) by Jonathan Merritt was named the Winner in the Spiritual category in the 2010 Green Book Festival Awards. You can view all winners and honorable mentions here: 2010 Green Book Festival Winners.

The 2010 Green Book Festival honors books that contribute to greater understanding, respect and positive action on the changing worldwide environment.

The 2010 Green Book Festival considered published, self-published and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/graphic novels, poetry, science fiction/horror, biography/autobiography, gardening, cookbooks, animals, photography/art, e-books, wild card (anything goes!), scientific, white paper, legal, business, mystery and spiritual.

In Green Like God, Merritt debunks the misinformation that swirls around green issues in church circles. He examines the facts about global crises, bringing readers face to face with the mind-blowing proportion of problems such as the clean water crisis, air pollution,  loss of soil fertility, declines in wildlife populations, deforestation, and mountaintop removal.

Jonathan Merritt, 27, is a faith and culture writer who has published over 100 articles in outlets such as USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog, The Huffington Post, and Relevant, Outreach, and Charisma magazines. He has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, the UK Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is a sought-after speaker at colleges, seminaries, churches and conferences on cultural and religious issues. Green Like God is his first book.


While in seminary, Merritt founded the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative. The Dallas Morning News said of him: "By broadening evangelicalism’s agenda, younger evangelicals like Jonathan Merritt…are doing us a favor."


He earned a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He lives outside of Atlanta, where he actively serves and teaches at Cross Pointe Church.