Earth’s Echo

Sacred Encounters with Nature

Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 2, 2002


“My profession is always to be alert, to find God in nature,” Henry David Thoreau wrote.

Or as the Buddha once said, “If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.”

Earth's Echo is a book for people who love nature and find spiritual meaning in it. Using brief excerpts from the work of nature writers as touchstones for meditation, the book leads the reader to reflect on the sacred reality of nature as found in different settings: the seashore, the river, the forest, the desert, and the mountain. It translates the traditional monastic practice of sacred reading, known as lectio divina, into an easily accessible four-step form: paying attention, pondering, responding, and surrendering.

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781893732469

Imprint: Sorin Books

  • “Awe-inspiring.”

    “A sacred and awe-inspiring book.”

    Annie Dillard

  • “Teaches us how to listen to the world.”

    “With the words of well-known nature writers as his inspiration, and his own poetic reflections as our guide, Robert Hamma teaches us how to listen to the world—and how to pray.”

    Chet Raymo
    Author of Natural Prayers

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