Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Buy a Friend a Book Week


October 1st to 7th is Buy a Friend a Book Week, and this time round I'm participating again. I picked Of Earth and Sky: Spiritual Lessons from Nature compiled by Thomas Becknell. To be entered, just leave me a comment and this is opened until Tuesday, October 7 (11.59 PM, GMT +8:00). The winner will be announced the following day. The giveaway is open to participants anywhere in the world. Good luck!

About the book:

Of Earth and Sky:
Spiritual Lessons from Nature
Compiled by Thomas Becknell
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Published: 2001
ISBN-13: 9780806642604
Hardcover, 160 pages

Of Earth and Sky encourages meaningful connections between inner life and the natural world. These are the expressions of those who don't strain for spiritual insight, but simply bear witness to what they see in nature. Their examples invite us to take the time to consider creation and to ponder its lessons. Consider the fringed gentian that will not bloom until summer's glory has passed and every other flower has faded--and take hope! Consider the tenacity of the bur oak, or the quiet endurancee of the turtle, or the sheer joy of the cardinal. Consider the blind faith of a honeysuckle shoot and the secret life of salamanders. Consider the elegance of the great egret and the grace of an occasional osprey. Consider the miracle of a blade of grass. "If it were not for the outside world," wrote George MacDonald, "we should have no inside world to understand things by. Least of all could we understand God without these millions of sights and sounds and scents and motions weaving their endless harmonies." (p. 2)

Henry David Thoreau once urged us: "Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature."