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5 Books to Read in 2013

There are many great green books out there and my bookshelves and Kindle are full of them. It can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start so I thought I would share five that I think are worth reading.

  • Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, by Beth Terry
    Plastic is full of toxins, almost always made from oil, and non-biodegradable. It’s causing a lot of environmental harm but it can be overwhelming to find solutions. Beth Terry lives an almost plastic-free life and has great info to share to make it much easier.
  • A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, by Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley
    This book takes a more religious approach to climate change. It sticks to the facts and shares why climate change is very important to Christians. Even if you aren’t a Christian, this book is an amazing read if you want know more about the science behind climate change.

These are just a small sample of the great green books out there. I would love to hear about any good green books you have read lately, just share in the comments below or on our Facebook page.



Green Book Review: The Non-Toxic Avenger

The Non-Toxic Avenger written by Deanna Duke, the author of the blog, The Crunchy Chicken, is a gripping book that takes you on Deanna’s journey to rid her life, and her families, of toxins.

While this book is about toxins and chemicals, it is far from a science book. Deanna shares her personal story, including details about her son’s Asperger’s and her husband’s multiple myeloma, an incurable form of leukemia and even her own personal struggles.

While some of the facts in the book maybe a little scary and overwhelming, Deanna is realistic in her approach to fix them. Even if you feel you are already educated on toxins you will find yourself gasping a number of times when you read this book. Even with my knowledge on these issues I found myself being shocked by what I read.

This book is very honest and includes names of products that she once thought were fine but found out they weren’t as safe as she thought. She also shares which products she loved and were also safe. And for those of you that like DIY, she includes some great recipes for making your own products like soap, organic triple sac, and even a homemade mole repellant. Even though the topic is serious, true to Deanna’s writing on her blog you are sure to find humor in the book as well.

After you read this book you will likely want to rethink some of the products in your home. Thankfully the book has advice on what you can use in place of the toxic products and Deanna is honest about which concerns are likely the most important. She also talks in the book about slipping up at times and giving up on some changes for different reasons.

In a recent interview Deanna said, the follow things were the top three things she feels we should avoid-

“1. Bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastics, canned foods, canned beverages, store receipts and paper money

2. Triclosan found in anti-bacterial soaps, toothpaste and a huge number of consumer products (anything that claims it is bacteria resistant)

3. Parabens found as a preservative in body care products”

Overall this is a great book that everyone can learn something from. It’s a very interesting read and makes a great reference book. Be sure to add this book to your reading list this year, you won’t regret it. Look for it at your local book store, it’s also available online at Amazon.com.


About the Author


Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.


Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book for the review. This does not effect my review. The Amazon links are affiliate links, the money earned if you buy the book through those links helps keep this site running.