on September 5, 1999
Possibly the best yet of Raymo's wonderful expositions on the natural world. He waxes as poetic as Annie Dillard on the mystical quality of nature, but as a scientist by trade, also includes Lewis Thomas-like passages that could slip into a mini-science-textbook; thoughtful, beguiling commentary and questions on the cosmos and our place in it. Superb! Leaves this reader craving for more.
on August 20, 2003
How does he get science to sound beautiful? To me Natural Prayers is a science book, but in the way children like science. Through the senses. A mindful book, Chet Raymo takes natural science and important literary contibutions and comfortably delivers a number of short, easy to read discussions, for us to absorb effortlessly. This is a book I will keep at hand.
on November 10, 2012
I really enjoy Chet Raymo's writing style. However this book was not what I expected. I was anticipating a collection of nature inspired 'prayers' that would not require the idea of a 'God', but would be inspired by a reverence for nature powerful enough to stand on their own. The collection was enjoyable to read, but was really more a collection of thoughtful essays.
on March 11, 2009
I took my time to carefully read each chapter of this book and plan to purchase it in the future (I found it at my local library). Raymo is a gifted writer who makes science and nature approachable and awesome at the same time. For those of you who prefer a rational (non-religious) approach to appreciating nature, you will love this book. If you are from or just enjoy the New England area, this book has much to explain about the region. Broken down into moon cycles, earth 'holidays' and cross-quarter days, each section takes you on a journey into the natural world.
on September 6, 2014
I read this following Raymo's earlier awesome, "When God Is Gone Everything Is Holy."
Seeing the natural world as cathedral, Raymo, in "Natural Prayers," makes the case in this series of essays, that one's attention to and appreciation of details in the plant and animal kingdoms is the noblest form of praise.
And contrary to popular wisdom that science and spirituality are pitted against each other, he claims that scientific research reveals even more just how awesome nature is.
As with his other books, the writing is beautiful, a joy to savor and to read again and again.
Joe Mc Kay, author, "Crazy About Words: toasting our language since 2003!"