Archives For Nature

 

Today (October 26th) marks the birthday of one of the most significant living writers here in Indiana, Scott Russell Sanders. Best known for his essays, Sanders has also written fiction, and picture books for children. His work will be of interest to readers of Wendell Berry’s work.

LISTEN to a talk that Sanders gave
on the importance of Public Libraries

Scott Russell Sanders’ 
Favorite Classics to Re-Read

 

In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)  A Conservationist Manifesto

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This week marked the birthday of poet Arthur Rimbaud (b. 20 October 1854).

In remembrance of his life and work, here are four superb poems by him…

The Sleeper of the Valley
Arthur Rimbaud

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Bringing the Seasons Ever Inward
 
A Review of 

Embracing The Seasons: Memories of a Country Garden
Gunilla Norris

Paperback: BlueBridge, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]
 
 
Reviewed by Michelle Wilbert
 
 
 
It is rare, in my experience, for the introduction to a book to include passages that inspire me to underline them and tuck them in my “Commonplace Book” for later reflection, but such was the case as I began to read this achingly compelling book by psychotherapist, meditation teacher and writer, Gunilla Norris.   The opening paragraphs do a typically admirable job of introducing  “a soulful journey through a country garden and the surrounding land with its stone walls, its brooks,  its hemlocks and maples, its flowers and shrubs and its various living beings…” but it does something more—it articulates why this journal of observation of natural phenomena is a portal to understanding self and others, our placement in the world of things and the importance of engaging our curiosity about the natural world as an essential—and readily available– spiritual discipline.  This is a book about human intimacy with creation focused on the intersection of the natural world with our human endeavors and relationships.  The author understands well the hard work of relationship and of intimacy in particular and begins her narrative by challenging our most human and persistent folly: that we are in control or should be in control or anything or anyone dovetailing with her observation that control and intimacy cannot coexist:

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This is an excellent
new book!!!

 

A Year in the Wilderness
Amy and Dave Freeman

 
Hardback: Milkweed Editions
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When Amy and Dave Freeman learned of toxic mining proposed within the watershed of the Boundary Waters, they decided to take action—by spending a year in the wilderness, and sharing their experience through video, photos, and blogs with an audience of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. This book tells the deeper story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of ice booming as it forms and cracks, of a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake. With the magic—and urgent message—that has rallied an international audience to the campaign to save the Boundary Waters, A Year in the Wilderness is a rousing cry of witness activism and a stunning tribute to this special region.

Watch this gorgeous book trailer… 

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Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.

Although best known for his books Walden and Civil Disobedience, one of Thoreau’s most poignant works for our fast-paced world is his treatise on walking.

 

Here are five of the most relevant and compelling passages from this work:

Download the full text for FREE:
   [ Kindle ]  [ Project Gutenberg

 

1) To Walk is to Saunter

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Beren and Lúthien

J.R.R. Tolkien

Read a review from NPR… 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Walter Brueggemann, Gerhard Lohink, Reza Aslan, Poetry, MORE)

 

DON’T MISS THE HUGE
THEOLOGY EBOOK SALE
FROM FORTRESS PRESS! 

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
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#1:
Prophetic Imagination: Revised Edition

Walter Brueggemann

*** $4.99 ***

 

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This extraordinary new dystopian novel was released this week…
 
 

Borne: A Novel
Jeff VanderMeer

Hardback:  MCD Books, 2017.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Life in the Broken Places

A book trailer video in which Jeff VanderMeer talk about the urban spaces that gave inspiration to his new novel, BORNE

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( C.S. Lewis, Kyle Strobel/Jamin Goggin, Trees, MORE )

 

99 Classics available
as 99c Audiobooks!

 
Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook

  

#1:
The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It

Kyle Strobel / Jamin Goggin

*** $2.99 ***

 *** BRAND NEW book!
(released this week)

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

The Hollow Men: A Novel

Rob McCarthy

 

 Read the starred review from Publishers Weekly

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