Archives For Wilderness


An excerpt from Edward Abbey’s classic book:

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Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness.

Edward Abbey.

Paperback: Touchstone, 1990.
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Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, the noted author’s most enduring nonfiction work, is an account of Abbey’s seasons as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah. Abbey reflects on the nature of the Colorado Plateau desert, on the condition of our remaining wilderness, and on the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world. He also recounts adventures with scorpions and snakes, obstinate tourists and entrenched bureaucrats, and, most powerful of all, with his own mortality.

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Chuck DeGroat - Leaving EgyptThe Long Journey Home

A Brief Review of

Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places

Chuck DeGroat

Paperback: Square Inch, 2011.
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Reviewed by Tim Høiland

Before it is anything else, the story told in the book of Exodus is a story of God acting in history to free his people from captivity in Egypt. It’s a story of God’s faithfulness to a not-so-faithful people.

In that story, however – that true story – there are lessons to be learned for those of us who have never been made to make literal bricks in a literal Egypt. Dr. Chuck DeGroat, author of Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places, writes in the book’s introduction, “I have come to believe that the Exodus story deeply reflects all our stories.”  Continue Reading…


“Man Versus Human Nature”

A Review of

The Wilding: A Novel.
By Benjamin Percy.

Reviewed by Greg Schreur.

The Wilding - A novel by Benjamin PercyThe Wilding: A Novel.
Benjamin Percy.
Hardback: Graywolf, 2010.
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Regardless of your views on evolution, there is no denying that humankind has evolved since the days of hunting and gathering—or even if you prefer, since the days of our great-great-grandparents. As history marched on, as civilizations developed and sought to regulate human behavior and as technologies developed and separated us more and more from the daily grind of basic survival, we became more and more domesticated.

Our shampoos smell pretty and come with directions. Our food is stuffed into grocery carts or ordered from menus. Our experiences with nature are as likely to occur in IMAX theaters as not. In our litigious, urbanized, technologized, cellophane-wrapped society, we’ve placed a lid on human nature. And just like the animals we’ve taken into our homes, our more basic instincts lurk beneath a civilized façade and tend to emerge only in more extreme or focused situations.

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