Spiritual Field Guide: Meditations for the Open Air

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At last, an inspiring and entirely fresh devotional reader designed expressly for people who love the outdoors. In A Spiritual Field Guide, Bernard Brady and Mark Neuzil offer up biblical reflections on the natural world, humanity's place in nature, and the role and tradition of "wilderness" in seeking and communicating with God. Each chapter includes a series of prayers, meditations, and quotes drawn from Scripture and history's most observant and devout nature lovers, from St. Augustine to Annie Dillard. ...
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Overview

At last, an inspiring and entirely fresh devotional reader designed expressly for people who love the outdoors. In A Spiritual Field Guide, Bernard Brady and Mark Neuzil offer up biblical reflections on the natural world, humanity's place in nature, and the role and tradition of "wilderness" in seeking and communicating with God. Each chapter includes a series of prayers, meditations, and quotes drawn from Scripture and history's most observant and devout nature lovers, from St. Augustine to Annie Dillard. Whether you are setting out on a long trek, a short vacation, or a day-long trip-or simply sitting in a garden-this book will be an eye-opening and inspiring companion on the way.A Spiritual Field Guide is for anyone wishing to draw near to God through contemplating the wonders of creation.
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Publishers Weekly
"A simple walk in the woods is not simply a walk in the woods." This is the fervent hope of Brady and Neuzil, who have compiled a solid and fulfilling collection of writings about nature with a spiritual bent. Most have a Christian context, if not outright expression, but the Christianity here is broad and inviting. It rests comfortably, and with some frequency, alongside secular authors and other sacred traditions. Organized into five chapters, each theme is introduced by an essay that provides the anthologists' philosophy for inclusion, often by way of contributors' biographies. This approach enlivens the material. "Reading Plans" offer thrice-daily options for backyard breaks, daytrips, weekends and weeklong getaways. For example, one day features Wendell Berry, Genesis 1:1-25 and Augustine of Hippo. The variety of voices here is a plus, and any reader who wants a comforting outside companion will find one. Kudos, too, for the charming cover design that recalls a tattered, well-loved field manual. The authors make a compelling final point: "Jesus often went to the sea, up the mountain, or into the desert. Nature was a way through which he entered into prayer and sensed the divine on earth. Each of us would do well to do the same." (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Anthologies are the daily bread of the spiritual publishing business, but Brady and Neuzil have assembled a novel compendium of spiritual writings aimed at the nature lover. Their selections range from individuals to committees, from the ancient to the contemporary, including the likes of Augustine of Hippo, Lao-Tzu, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Annie Dillard, and Sigurd Olson. While their approach is Christian, it is not narrowly or restrictively so: "Nature was a way through which [Jesus] entered into prayer and sensed the divine on earth. Each of us would do well to do the same." For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587431180
  • Publisher: Brazos Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Brady is professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is author of The Moral Bond of Community and Christian Love.

Mark Neuzil is associate professor and chair of the department of journalism and mass communication at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Views on the Mississippi and coauthor of Mass Media and Environmental Conflict. Neuzil has worked in journalism for more than twenty-five years. He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Reading Plans 17
1 On Creation and the Creator 23
Readings 31
2 Our Place in Creation 49
Readings 63
3 That Special Spot 81
Readings 92
4 Into the Wilderness 117
Readings 129
5 All God's Creatures 145
Readings 157
Conclusion 179
Notes 185
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