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Wilderness Press, which specializes in outdoor books and maps for backpackers and hikers, makes a foray into the world of eco-spirituality with The Meditations of John Muir: Nature's Temple, edited by Chris Highland. Here, Muir muses on discovering God in nature, describing one particularly sylvan park as "full of God's thoughts." Highland has juxtaposed long quotes from Muir's journals with short reflections drawn from sacred texts the world over. With its small size and attractive format, this book makes the perfect addition to every naturalist's knapsack. (

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Meditations (Wilderness)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 1st edition (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899972853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899972855
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

*Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Poet, Social Worker, "Nature Chaplain"

Master's Degree through the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion, Seattle Pacific University
Community College Teaching Credential, State of California
Faculty: College of Marin; Cherry Hill Seminary
Adjunct Faculty (former): Dominican University of California
Manager: Senior Cooperative Housing
Director: Emergency Shelter (2008-2010)
Presbyterian Minister (1987-2001)
Interfaith Chaplain (1980-2005)
Freethinker (in the tradition of Paine, Emerson, Frances Wright, Whitman, Burroughs, et al)
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Primary website (with blogs):
www.chighland.com
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Nature Chaplain Videos:
www.youtube.com/user/templenature

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Athina on July 12, 2008
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Beautiful selections from Muir's writings, paired with spiritual quotes, excerpts.I don't know of anyone else, who manages to put so well into words the profound powers of nature the way Muir has done. John Muir was able to put into writing, the way that nature has always felt in my heart and spirit. Reading this book gives me the goosebumps! Take it into the woods, or open it when you are stranded indoors, and need to get "out"
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By heather on September 17, 2001
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A must!!!
Take this wonderful collection of muirs wisdom with you whether you are walking among trees, meadows, deserts, or just thinking about a saunter. Chris Highland's compilation of varied writings from John Muir are wonderfully editited, capturing muirs wit, humor and peace of mind. I love this book!!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Walker on November 16, 2006
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This book is a simple yet profound collection of words by John Muir and the author's own reflections, masterfully paired. They are beautiful and inspiring. Perfect companion for a walk among the redwoods! I also enjoyed this author's other works on Emerson and Thoreau.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2012
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Meditations of John Muir by Chris Highland is a peaceful book--read it a little each day to help decompress and remember what is important. There are 60 sections about a page long and some accompanying photos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carla Ingram on August 18, 2013
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These excerpts from Muir's words are inspiring. I carried this with me while hiking in Yosemite and read different pages along our trails. As a teacher, I have given away several copies of this book for students who are interested in being in nature and a desire to be closer to their faith.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drummerman on June 9, 2012
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Wise, wise words. Everyone living in this land should read as much John Muir as they can. Especially these days when some of the final battles to save the little bit that has not already been lost are about to begin...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Rubin on March 10, 2011
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He lead a great life and found peace in not a house built by man but in the cathedrals of evolution. His poetic understanding of where peace can be found and not just look out your window is extremely thought provoking. A window of peace and tranquility found in the simplest of life that make up Planet Earth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Garby on October 18, 2013
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John Muir was gifted in many ways, with writing one of his many talents. The entries in this book are absolutely beautiful. Too bad the publisher chose a very light font in which to print the pages. If you've got old eyes like I do, it's not a pleasurable experience trying to read this book. If that wouldn't bother you, then I'd recommend this book to everyone. In fact, I'd say Muir should be required reading in every school.
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