Field Guide to Nature as Spiritual Practice
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This innovative book, Nature as Spiritual Practise by Steven Chase blends theological, scriptural, historical, and cultural discussions to reclaim the role of nature in the formation of Christian spiritual and moral identity.

Nature as Spiritual Practice (along with its accompanying Field Guide) does the following:

  • Encourages Christians to read the Bible, pray, and worship outdoors.
  • Highlights the power of nature to soothe and heal the soul.
  • Advocates "befriending" God's creation as a crucial element in Christian growth.
  • Shows how the Bible is full of natural images - and how nature itself can function as a holy text.
  • Offers stories, anecdotes, ancient wisdom, modern science, scriptural tie-ins, practical advice, discussion questions, and contemplative exercises to help readers better experience God in nature.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802866522
ISBN-13: 9780802866523

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Publisher's Description

Steven Chase’s innovative On Earth As it Is uses a compelling blend of theological, scriptural, historical, and cultural discussions to reclaim the role of nature in the formation of Christian spiritual and moral identity. His thought-provoking “creation practices” will lead readers into more profound knowledge of themselves and their Creator, guide them to greater compassion for their neighbors, instill in them reverence for and companionship with nature, and awaken in them a greater commitment to creation care. · Encourages Christians to read the Bible, pray, and worship out of doors. · Demonstrates the power of nature to soothe and heal the soul. · Advocates “befriending” God’s creation as a crucial element in Christian growth. · Show how the Bible is full of natural images — and how nature itself can function as a holy text, testifying to the glory of God. Offers stories, anecdotes, research, scriptural tie-ins, practical advice, and contemplative exercises to help readers experience God in nature.

Author Bio

Steven Chase is resident scholar at the CollegevilleInstitute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research andpresident of the Society for the Study of ChristianSpirituality. His recent books include Contemplationand Compassion: The Victorine Tradition and TheTree of Life: Models of Christian Prayer.

Editorial Reviews

“In Nature as Spiritual Practice Steven Chase invites us to seek God in nature’s own liturgy, to mourn with nature within the earth’s dark night, and to be transformed by a deepened attention to the world all around. Step outside, Chase tells us. Our desire for God is a desire we share with the earth itself.”
— Stephanie Paulsell
Harvard Divinity School
author of Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice

“A wonderful mix of insights from classical spiritual teachers and nature writers, woven into a series of contemplative and active practices that echo the work of Joanna Macy and Bill Plotkin. Full of riches both thoughtful and practical!”
— Belden C. Lane
Saint Louis University
author of Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality

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