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A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    A Most Excellent Biography

    By Dag Stomberg, St. Andrews, Scotland

    This biography of John Muir begins in Scotland, carries us through his
    early years in Wisconsin, to his pilgrimage to California and beyond.

    An explanation of his Philosophy is well done.

    Fundamental reading for all of us who have a passion for nature.

    The Bibliography to this book is superb.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    If you have a Passion for Nature- a must read

    If you are a nature enthusiast, and are aware of all the good that John Muir did for our natural parks and forests, you will love this book. I became interested in Muir after a summer trip to Yosemite National Park. Makes you realize even more how vulnerable our natural resources are to big industry and those who are just interested in making money at all costs. We came close to losing our gentle giants, the Sequoias, to the lumber companies. But through government intervention and protection they are still there for all to see. It is written nicely and reads well even though it is non-fiction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Wonderfully thought-provoking narrative of an extraordinary life.

    Those readers who are interested in a biography of John Muir will probably already have an appreciation for the beauty and majesty of Nature and perhaps support conservation and environmentalism. This book provides the background story of who John Muir was and what he believed about God and nature, man's role in the natural world, and why we should value all life on earth, not just human life. To Muir, the might and majesty of God were most easily perceived in the roar of wind and waves, the impenetrable silence of a mountain forest, the crystalline brilliance of a glacial stream, and the kaleidoscopic colors of a prairie full of wildflowers. This book covers not just the facts of his life but incorporates his philosophy at different stages of his life and as America developed the West during the Gilded Age. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, savoring every chapter. If you are a nature lover at heart, you will love this book and find yourself comparing your own feelings about Nature and God with those of Muir. It will be worth your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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