- Product Review (submitted on 8 July 2010):
At last, here is the definitive guide to green spirituality that I have been wanting to read. Spirituality, of course, is not necessarily religion, but anything that has to do with our sense of peace, purpose and connection; our deeper values and our beliefs about the origins and meaning of life. And green spirituality is based on our sense of ourselves as part of the natural world. Each of the book’s 31 chapters is by a different writer. This approach is green spirit in itself, offering diversity to make a unique whole. No one person or outlook contains all of the answers. We are not the masters or authors, but the participants. This idea is beautifully echoed in the chapter on permaculture written by Maddy Harland. She explains, in practical terms, how we are an element of a wider ecological system, and how we need to find our place within it to live sustainably and in good relationship with others, both human and more-than-human. For me, this chapter on permaculture is the practical grounding of Green Spirit in ecological terms. Green spirituality could not exist without it.
This book has helped me, yet again, to feel deeply connected to this awesome, beautiful planet Earth.