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The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr (October 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088146158X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881461589
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything in this book is essential... Malcolm Young's [book] deals with ideas that relate to all of life, not just religious or spiritual life... it contains a rich fund of perceptive observation. I found myself often having to stop and think over something that is new, or just beautifully stated...

I love Malcolm Young's book. It makes Thoreau's vast and almost lifelong undertaking accessible, and extremely interesting. I felt I had to read every word of it, including the excellent footnotes... My interest in the subject is energized by [it].

Paul F.M. Zahl, The Anglican Theological Review

More About the Author

Malcolm Clemens Young is a theologian and an Episcopal priest who has served churches in Massachusetts and California. He has been rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos, California (Silicon Valley) since 2001 and is the founder of Ventana School.

In the past Malcolm earned a teaching award at Harvard University, and worked both with Fortune 50 companies and a non-profit international development institution.

He is a surfer, a runner and a photographer who enjoys exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains with his family.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Riverdave Owen on June 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am very pleased with Mr. Young's book. As a former Evangelical Christian, now a Thoreauvian universalist, I am fascinated to see how the author finds many roots of Thoreau's journaling in New England's early Christian traditions.

I began a spiritual journal in 1980 to record my Bible Translation work in Asia. Like Thoreau's, my journaling has gone through several phases of emphasis through the years - as a working prayer book, finding self in nature and finally to a dream journal.

I borrowed this book from a library, but now see that I will have to purchase my own copy to reread and studiously mark up with notes. As a member of the Thoreau Society, I have been exposed to most of the books published on Thoreau's spirituality in the past two decades. I sense that Mr. Young's book comes the closest of any in it's ability to open a new perspective on this subject.

Riverdave Owen
Eno River Valley
North Carolina
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sherman on February 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There is much to praise in this book. I have read it now several times, each time finding new wisdom and insight. For anyone interested in spirituality, nature, writing, or theology, it offers up rich rewards. It is scholarship at its finest - well-written, well-researched, and always thought-provoking. Each time I read it, it makes me want to go for a long walk to appreciate nature anew.
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