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The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs

Respecting and Caring for All God's Creation
Narrated by: Joel Salatin
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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From Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin, a clarion call to listeners to honor the animals and the land and to produce food based on spiritual principles.

Joel Salatin is perhaps the nation's best known farmer, whose environmentally friendly, sustainable Polyface Farms has been featured in Food, Inc. and Time magazine. Now, in his first audiobook written for a faith audience, Salatin offers a deeply personal argument for earth stewardship and calls for fellow Christians to join him in looking to the Bible for a foodscape in line with spiritual truth. Salatin urges Christians to rethink America's allegiance to cheap corporate food that destroys creation in its production, impoverishes third world countries, and supports oligarchical interests. He wonders why Christians ignore and even revel in unhealthy eating habits and factory farming that runs counter to God's design. With scripture and biblical stories, Salatin presents an alternative and shows listeners that in appreciating the pigness of pigs, we celebrate the glory of God.

©2016 Joel Salatin (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Rather read "Folks this Ain't normal"

As a Christian, in a very similar type of church to Joel, and therefore the target audience of this book, I found it largely unconvincing.
I think Joel tried to hard to justify things from the Bible that just weren't there. This is known as eisogesis; reading ones own meaning into the bible rather than trying to extract the intended meaning, called exogesis.

The parts of the book that I found the most convincing were the parts that overlapped with "Folks this Ain't normal".

So as a Christian, just go read that book.

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  • R. A. Boland
  • Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom
  • 24-10-16

yes

A great book of at times hard question but wrote from love. I will have to buy this in paper format to share with key people in my faith community and to donate to local library. What a game changing read. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-18

I am NOT a Christian and yet I encourage everyone to read this book.

Another excellent book/audio. Joel always has something rewarding to say whether he’s sharing his farming philosophies or his faith.
Thanks, Joel, for another revealing viewpoint on life and how we live it. Folks, regardless of your beliefs, there is useful knowledge in this book.
Cheers!

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  • Digital Daniel
  • 07-05-18

I just like listening to Joel!

I'm not the target audience, buy I always appreciate the understanding I'll achieve by listening to someone who doesn't agree with me.
in this case, I agree with Joel's mission to encourage Americans to take their food more seriously, learn about it and support the good food that comes from good sustainable practices.
unfortunately in this day and age, many self-described Christians do not live by teachings of the Bible and the example of Jesus Christ, thus Joel as a consistent man of faith has to write this book to educate his fellow Christians.
People of deep faith are very helpful to the survival and ascendancy of human civilization, but people of faith just in name and not with the full understanding cause destruction with their limited understanding of their faith. (this is very general and applies to Muslims and people of other religions as well)
if I turn Christian one day, I'll credit it Joel Salatin! :)

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  • David Beard
  • 04-06-16

Nail on the Head

Just like the author stated at the beginning, this book was definitely a breath of fresh air. I have been touching on these subjects for the past few years behind our pulpit, and will continue to do so. Most importantly, I pray for strength to be a doer and not just a hearer. I have agreed with and admired Joel's farming practices for years and hope to implement them on a much smaller scale on my property.

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  • Shawn C.
  • 05-07-16

Non-Christian listener who found it very enjoyable

Always enjoy a Salatin book. Will recommend to Christian friends and family. Thanks Again Joel.

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  • Ann Lindner
  • 23-06-19

Give it a chance!

Now that I have finished listening to this book, I loved it. In the beginning chapters, I nearly returned it because it was not so much a pricking of the conscience as a stabbing, but it got much better as he turned from “everything you’re doing is wrong” to “here are ways we can all do better, and why!” This book relies heavily on Biblical counsel and wisdom, so non-Christians can take it for what it’s worth to them. It is still an excellent resource for ways we can all do better in caring for our world, whether we believe it’s just a chunk of rock hurtling through space waiting for the sun to wink out, or we believe it is the greatest of creations, and the reason for existence. Really, give it a chance.

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  • Mama and Papa Z
  • 09-02-19

Incredible and convicting

I already supported a food system like he lays out as the ideal but this book both solidified my motives to continue to do this (aka quit cheating here and there) as well as inspired me to increase my earth stewardship (maybe get some backyard chickens?). Amazing book by Salatin - I can’t recommend it more for all Christians.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-18

Well put

Joel's reasoning was easy to follow. I have heard some of the info and data that Joel presents here and it was interesting to see it all come together.

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  • Gerowyn
  • 11-05-16

Outstanding

I love this book and I look forward to re hearing it again and again

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  • Scott S.
  • 13-07-16

Excellent!

Loved it! Covered all the bases and then some. It is great that it's narrated by the author.

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  • K. Johnson
  • 07-12-19

Thank you Joel!

As a Christian I’m so glad Joel Salatin wrote this book. I hope the Body of Christ wakes up to the many truths he presents. Thank you Mr Salatin!