Book Review: Vegangelical

Vegangelical: LadyD Books


How caring for animals can shape your faith.

Book Description
Among the many pressing social concerns that have galvanized evangelical Christians’ response—abortion, human trafficking, environmental degradation, and many others—the care of animals has received relatively little attention.
Yet as author Sarah Withrow King deftly uncovers in Vegangelical, animal stewardship is a necessary aspect of a holistic ethic of Christian peace and justice. Indeed, care for animal welfare correspondingly strengthens our care for environmental and human flourishing.
Practical, restrained in its conclusions, and grounded on a broader theology of Christian compassion, Vegangelical calls readers to a greater attentiveness to one of the primary relationships in God’s created order, that between humans and animals.

"If you think the way I used to, this is a comfortable interpretation and one that might not require us to change much about what we do or how we live."
I remember when I was a vegetarian... oh, so long ago. My entire Greek family thought I had gone bonkers, over-the-top. crazy!! I have made tons of chicken shish kebobs over the years and have roasted  leg of lamb for Easter each year. Not to mention, calamari and other delicious Greek food. Needless to say, I was very intrigued by the title of the book and really wanted to know this gals approach. Here's what I gleaned...

My Review 

The author has organized the contents of the book in two parts: Theological Foundation and Using Animals. Sarah is a Christina and an animal activist (PETA). I enjoyed reading about not eating meat and dairy from her perspective and opinion. Her style of writing is a bit confusing at first because there's so much information regarding much animal abuse and tons of scripture sprinkled throughout the book. Then towards the end, we hear about the reasons why the author is a vegan and recommends this kind lifestyle.

But the main focus is on 3 biblical principles:

1. Image Dei: What does it mean to be made in the image of a Trinitarian God, and how ought that inform our treatment of animals?

Colossians 1:15-17, 19-20
1 John 4:7-12
John 1:1-3
Ezra 3:11
Ps. 4:6
Ps. 23:6
Ps. 25:8-10
Lam. 3:25
Isa. 52:7
Amos 5:14-15
Mic. 6:8
1 John 3:10
John 13:34-35
Room. 5:8
1 Cor. 14:1
1 Tim. 6:11
1 Peter 4:8
1 John 3:16
1 John 4:7-21
John 5:19-21
John 16:27
John 17:20-24
Romans 8:18-25
Genesis 1:26-27
2 Cor. 4:4
Gen. 1 26-28
Eph. 2:4-5
Jer. 33:6, 8-9, 12
2 Cor. 5:14-20
Gen. 12:2
Ps. 4:3
Rom. 1:1
Gal. 5:1
Rom. 12:2
Gen. 2
Gen. 9:9-17; Hos. 2:18
Ps. 148 and Ps. 150
Rev. 4:8-9; 5:13
John 1:4-5, 14

2. Dominion and stewardship: What does it mean to steward creation, and are stewardship and dominion compatible?

Rev. 11:16-18
Amos 8:4-6
Psalm 104:14-16, 31-32
Gen. 12:2-3
Gen. 1:28; Gen. 1:26
Job 38 through 41
Deut. 17:20
Lev. 25: 18-19, 23-24
Gen. 2:15
Gen. 1:22; Gen. 1:11
Numbers 32:22, 29
Joshua 18:1
2 Sam. 8:11
1 Chron. 22:18
2 Chron. 28:10
Nehemiah 5
Esther 7:8
Jeremiah 34
Micah 7:19
Zechariah 9:15
Romans 14:13-17
Isaiah 24; Jeremiah 4
John 1:1, 3

3. The "other": How are we called to extend mercy to "the least of these," and who is our neighbor?

Luke 6:27-28
James 2:18-19, 24-26
Luke 10:36-37
2 Cor. 5:17-19
Matt. 4:17
Matt. 5-7
Matt. 6:10
Matt. 13:24-25
Matt. 13:31-32; Matt. 13:33
Mark 10:31
Mark 12:28-34
Rom. 14:17
Mark 13:8
Rom. 8:22
Luke 17:33
Heb. 12:11; Heb. 12:14-15
Heb. 12: 28-13:5
Rev. 11:15
Rev. 21:4
Isaiah 11:6-10
Gal. 2:20
1 Cor. 1:18

Animals in Our Homes

Gen. 49:5-7
Ps. 104:24

Animals Extinction & Captivity

Jer. 12:4

Animals are God's

Ps. 24:1
Job 12:7-9
Job 39:1 and all the rest of Job 39
Ps. 50:10-11
Ps. 104; Ps. 104:10-12, 14
Ps. 147:9-10
Ps. 148:7, 10, 13
Mark 1:13

Expectations and Justifications for Vivisection

Luke 12:6


Prov. 12:10


Isaiah 1:11

Biblical Discussion for a vegan diet

Genesis 9 (verse2-3
Genesis 1
Hosea 2:18
Acts 10:12-25
1 Tim. 4:1-5

Have you ever thought before about what happens to animals before they end up on our plates? What was your thought process?
Would you be willing and/or able to kill an animal to eat him or her? Why or why not?
If you are vegetarian or vegan now, why did you stop eating animals?
If you are not a vegetarian or vegan now, why not?

John 17:26

The content is helpful in learning why so many of my friends have turned towards this lifestyle. Overall, the discussion questions are good but I felt the flow of the storyline was written at a sporadic pace, jumping all over the place. The book is not for everyone.

4/5 stars.
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