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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. (

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a really good read for those without a lot of time on their hands. If you want to power through, it is a quick read, and if you want to read a little each day, it's good for that too. The format isn't a continuous narrative, but rather a series of... meditations/thoughts. It's very inspirational in it's tone, taken by the author from John Muir's original works with commentary. You don't have to be an environmentalist and drive a Prius to appreciate this literature, but rather you just need to enjoy what's outside of your front door. If you can see the majesty in the created world, you'll like this book
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John Muir had always been one of my heroes. He was a giant of a man and if it were not for him and committed people like him we would not have any wild places left in this country. I equate these writings with scripture.
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