- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Stated 1st Edition edition (March 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060514566
- ISBN-13: 978-0060514563
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nature's Way: Native Wisdom for Living in Balance with the Earth Hardcover – March 2, 2004
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Ed McGaa, an Oglala Sioux also called Eagle Man, here presents an environmental, personal, and global philosophy of balance. Using traditional Native American spirituality as a framework, Nature's Way is a call for a major change in the way people relate to the world. McGaa, who has studied under Sioux holy men Chief Eagle Feather and Chief Fool's Crow, begins each chapter by describing the qualities of an animal or plant that represents a particular value, such as the wolf ("one among many") or the eagle ("observation"). Personal anecdotes, tribal legends, and stories from around the world support each idea, and the book's somewhat rambling structure is very conversational. McGaa's ideas are not new, but they are well-presented. If we begin to live by the principles that are demonstrated by the world itself, he writes, we will then be in harmony with the world, rather than taking from it destructively. The book's final chapters outline problems such as global warming and overpopulation, which threaten the survival of life on earth. Nature's Way will appeal to readers seeking a hopeful spiritual approach for dealing with seemingly insurmountable problems. --Therese Littleton
From Publishers Weekly
In this visionary book, based on the author's experiences as an Oglala Sioux and the inspiration he has received from Sioux holy men, McGaa, or Eagle Man (Mother Earth Spirituality), asserts that in order to save the planet from ecological disaster, mankind must abandon the beliefs and practices of the largest governments and religions and follow the spiritual path advocated by Native Americans and other societies that respect nature. In the first seven chapters, he discusses lessons humans can learn from animalssuch as the eagle's keen powers of observation; the lioness's aptitude for balancing male and female energy; the bear's knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants; the wolf's talent for working together with the rest of the pack; and the owl's ability to see into the hidden parts of nature. These observations are then used as springboards for his thoughts on where humanity has gone wrong, emphasizing especially the destructive powers of organized religion. In the final chapters, he shows how the desacralization of nature threatens all life on earth. McGaa admits that a return to the spiritual values of nature's way isn't likely, but he believes this is necessary to save the planet from the "four horses of the Apocalypse"global warming, the thinning of the ozone layer, mass extinctions and overpopulation. While the book adds little new to the current spate of warnings of impending ecological doom, McGaa's idealism is refreshing.
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I have read all of Ed McGaa's books...for me, this is his best.
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McGaa bridges the worldviews between Redman and Whiteman, laying out the timeless truths which are embedded deeply both in Native American Tradition, and in the living fabric of the Global Biosphere itself. The Author leaves no stone unturned, and no truth untold as he reveals many facets of the Living Truths of what he calls "Natures Way" through a series of "Stories" which illustrate the perspectives and bahaviors of different animals...the lessons we can learn from them in their infinite wisdom and natural innocence, and how they each uniquely reflect the virtues and perfection of their Creator, and of the Intricate Web of Life on Earth.
This is a powerful and moving book, elegant in its simplicity, yet profoundly moving in terms of Universal Truths. For anyone who cherishes the beauty and perfection of the Natural World, and understands that the Human Race is truly on the brink of "The Sixth Great Extinction," this book makes it painfully clear that to change the world, we must first change ourselves...in our Hearts, our Minds, and our Spirits. McGaa reminds us poignantly that, "The hard part of what it means to be interrelated to all things is that our neglect comes back full circle to affect us negatively as it affects other species. We are held accountable for our actions (or lack therof) toward the Earth, and even to generations yet unborn."