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Chet Raymo, bless him, is one of those enchanting polymaths who are in love with the universe and use the language of science to make up the words for their love songs. So struck is he by the animated magnificence of clouds, hills, oceans, islands and the light in the sky that he makes geology, physics and astronomy into life sciences and then sings in the language of these life sciences to life itself. (The Boston Globe)

Master taleteller, deft and graceful scientist, passionate poet, Raymo is a storycatcher and storysinger of rare humor, hawkness of eye, breadth of biology and physics acumen, and lyricism of line. Trust me when I say that swimming in his stories is elevating, edifying, and exuberant-making. (Brian Doyle, author of Spirited Men and Epiphanies & Elegies)

Lovely essays brimming with mysticism. (Kirkus Reviews)

A reverie, an entrancing meditation, on stones and stars and mossy ruins . . . Raymo has somehow found a way to invoke magic, without requiring me to believe in it. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A beautiful series of essays that examine science, religion, and the landscape of Kerry. . . . A travel book about the world of ideas. (Irish Echo)

Chet Raymo is simply the best literary naturalist writing today, producing elegantly written, insightful books that open from a seemingly modest premise into a dizzying (and sometimes humbling) view of our place in the universe. . . . He is our apostle of the joy of curiosity. (Bookpage)

About the Author

Chey Raymo is professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. A teacher, naturalist, and former science columnist for the Boston Globe, he is the author of many books including The Soul of the Night, Climbing Brandon, and The Path.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561012351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561012350
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Honey From Stone is one of the finest books I have ever read. It engaged me at so many levels such as the ones the title of this review suggests. Raymo is a polymath with a mystical bent. His approach to the universe is one of awe, a response which is passed along to the reader with tremendous success. It makes no pretense at being the kind of mystical babble suggested by authors such as Castenada. Rather, it is a book marked by sharp and passionate involvement with the world in which the author, a scientist by profession, lives. I can't praise it highly enough. I have passed my recommendations and enthusiasm (and copies) of the book to several friends. Their response was one of joy and appreciation at being introduced to Raymo's world. Please buy this book and savor it for all that it has to offer on so many levels.
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I enjoyed the book very much, but I think the subtitle is misleading. It seems to me that Raymo is less "searching for God" than wishing to answer St. Lawrence's question, "Whom should I adore, the Creator of the creature?" which Raymo does implicitly throughout the book and explicitly and profoundly in his final chapter, "Compline."
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By lmgate on October 19, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoy Chet Raymo's style. He begins with a place and what he notices, then uses his knowledge of the universe and biology to describe and quite poetically lead the reader through the place with him. He is enthralled with the micro details and the macro patterns...always writing with the enthusiam of awe and the curiosity of a scientist. Love it along with other books he's written!
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A wonderful and poetic book about the universe, the religion and the beautiful stones and hills of Kerry. Staying for a months as an artist in residency in a old historic stone cottages on the Atlantic coast in Kerry, this book by Chet Raymo, became my favorite book and kept inspire me, was my daily nectar in this splendid spot in the universe.
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