Sacred Nature: Restoring our Ancient Bond with the Natural World

Category: Book
By (author): Armstrong, Karen
Subject:  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  NATURE / Essays
  NON-FICTION / General
  RELIGION / Comparative Religion
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: September 2022
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 7.50in x 5.00in x 0.62in
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From The Publisher*

A profound exploration of the spiritual power of nature-and an urgent call to reclaim that power in everyday life.

Since the beginning of time, humankind has looked upon nature and seen the divine. In the writings of the great thinkers across religions, the natural world inspires everything from fear to awe to tranquil contemplation; God, or however one defined the sublime, was present in everything. Yet today, even as we admire a tree or take in a striking landscape, we rarely see nature as sacred.

In this deeply powerful book, the bestselling historian of religion Karen Armstrong re-sacralizes nature for modern times. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the world's religious traditions, she vividly describes nature's central place in spirituality across the centuries: from the Book of Job to St. Thomas Aquinas, from Lao Tzu to Wordsworth, and from the Stoics to Jainism and beyond. Throughout, she reveals how we have lost our sense of the divine, and how we can get it back.

Armstrong explores the power of silence and solitude, the nature of personal sacrifice and the need to reconnect with sorrow and compassion-and how greater contact with and appreciation for nature can help us in unexpected ways. In bringing this age-old wisdom to life, Armstrong shows modern readers how to rediscover nature's potency and form a connection to something greater than ourselves.

Review Quote*

"The poetry of nations shows us the dream. The mathematics of nature lights the way. The golden rule guides the spirit. Karen Armstrong's book, Sacred Nature, anchors the theme for our salvation in the divinity of the natural world." -Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of To Speak for the Trees

Biographical Note

KAREN ARMSTRONG is the author of numerous books on religious affairs, including The Case for God, A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working with TED on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general  public,  and crafted  by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The charter was launched globally in the fall of 2009. She is currently an ambassador for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. She lives in London.