Sight Magazine – Farmer’s autobiography wins Australian Christian Book of the Year

Geelong, Australia

World-renowned agronomist Tony Rinaudo’s autobiography has won the 2022 Australian Christian Book of the Year award.

Tony Rinaudo (left) accepts the award from SparkLit President Paul Barker. PICTURE: Screenshot.

The Underground Forest: Hope for a Planet in Crisis tells how Rinaudo discovered a simple method to revive damaged trees instead of planting new ones while working with a Christian missionary organization in Niger. The system he developed – known as farmer-managed natural regeneration – has since greened some 18 million hectares of land in 27 countries, impacting millions of lives.

Rinaudo, who now works for World Vision Australia, accepted the award at an event on Thursday evening at St Alfred’s Anglican Church in Blackburn North, Melbourne. The award is presented by the Christian literature organization SparkLit.


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Other shortlisted books included John Dickson’s Bullies and Saints: An Honest Look at the Good and Bad of Christian Historyby Greg Sheridan Christians: The Urgent Case of Jesus in Our World and that of Mandy Smith Unfettered: imagining a childlike faith beyond the baggage of Western culture.

Other winners of the evening were Nichola Chadwick, from New South Wales, who won the Young Australian Christian Writer Award with her collection of poetry. breathe on me and Victorian Rachael Board who won the Australian Christian Teen Writer Award 2022 with her composition be like him.

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