The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition

Finding yourself in the midst of ambition

Eerdmans Summary

We’ve been building and making things ever since we stumbled out of paradise. Some of those things are incredible continuations of God’s creation, while others are nothing but ambitious catastrophes. We continue making, says Russell Rathbun, but we’ve lost ourselves in the process.

So how do we find ourselves again-rebuild our connections to each other, the earth, and God?

In search of an answer, Rathbun drives cross-country to the Salton Sea and takes a trip to China’s Great Wall, interspersing his traveling revelations with engaging musings on Madame Mao’s Gang of Four, Grandpa Webb’s family secret, the Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel, and a host of other subjects that grab his attention.




©2018 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (P) 2017 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Author: Russell Rathbun | Narrator: Larry Herron | Length: 5 hrs, 48 mins | Unabridged | English | $19.95 / 1 Audible Credit

Praise for The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea

Gordon Gano
— Violent Femmes
The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea is filled with things I never before had the pleasure of knowing or thinking about. I really like this book!”

Publishers Weekly
“An explication of the mundane inside notions of the colossal or the grand, and a model of how to truly live and appreciate the world. Rathbun’s eclectic book will be enjoyed by a wide readership of seekers.”

Debbie Blue
— author of Consider the Birds
“Because Russell Rathbun clearly loves the human race even as he hilariously unravels tales of our folly, you’ll come out of this book feeling more hopeful than you thought possible in the throes of environmental crisis and the reign of the machine. In Rathbun’s deft and observant meditations, mercy always wins.”

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