Making a direct connection between spirituality and the natural world is new for some of us. And sometimes, we need a field guide when discovering or exploring a new feature of the natural world.
In my book Wild Faith, I’ve tried to provide a practical, “hands-on” field guide to exploring the deep connection between spirituality and nature. For some people, this connection is obvious. For others, you might have suspected that going outdoors and finding spiritual peace must be connected somehow, but you might have not quite put your finger on how nature and spirituality is connected. For yet others, you might have previously thought of “spirituality” as something you only did in church buildings or via other more “traditional” routes.
While working on this book, I discovered that the connection between nature and spirituality is actually quite ancient and well established. Moses found his calling while out in the wilderness by himself. Jesus went out for a wilderness experience in the desert immediately after his Baptism. Early Christians, the “Desert Fathers and Mothers” found deep spirituality by leaving the cities, leaving their church communities, and going to live in the wilderness by themselves or in small communities of like-minded spiritual seekers.
I’m currently working on a book about this deep connection between nature and faith – and how it is more relevant today than ever. But in the meantime, I invite you to take a look at Wild Faith, a collection of prayers, liturgies, meditations, and activities to help you lead young people in discovering the link between faith and nature for themselves.
To download the Kindle edition of Wild Faith, please go to: http://amzn.to/2fyTiy5 . (If you don’t have a Kindle e-reader or tablet, you can download the Kindle to your laptop or other device; it’s free as well, easy, and quick.) A print edition of Wild Faith is also available of this book and available through Amazon, B&N, and other distributors.