Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:
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Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit
Turning of Days beckons you to a world of tree frogs and peach blossoms, mountain springs and dark winter nights—all in search of nature’s God. All in harmony with Scripture. Join Hannah Anderson, the author of Humble Roots, as she journeys through the four seasons searching out the spiritual and theological truths woven deep within the natural world. This collection of devotional essays and illustrations will feed your soul, guiding you into a life of observation and awe, a life that sees His glory everywhere.
Hannah Anderson’s Turning of Days is an extraordinary book of meditations that build on the author’s experiences in the natural world around her. I’m usually averse to devotional books, many of which tend to reduce the mystery and wondrous complexity of life to easily digestible bits. This book, however, is different, expanding the horizons of the reader, by challenging her to pay attention to the rich wonders of God’s creation that surround us at any given moment.
Turning of Days is an antidote to the ever-accelerating pace of the late modern culture in which we are embedded. Anderson challenges us to slow down and to open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to receive the good gifts of God in the present moment. The meditations in its pages are simple enough to read with most children, and yet have depth and beauty that will be compelling to readers of all ages.
The book concludes with a superb and practical guide to paying attention to the natural world. This field guide, entitled “Learning to Listen,” is full of rich wisdom. “You do not have to move to the country or even walk to the park (although I recommend both),” Anderson writes, “but you must give attention to the grass growing between the cracks in the sidewalk. They sky and clouds above your head. The day’s temperature and precipitation. The flower on your windowsill. The bird you hear, but cannot see. Your own body. All of these are sources of natural revelation. Learning from them is less about location and more about perception.” (161)
– C. Christopher Smith, ERB Editor
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