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Winter 2021: Listening at Lookout Creek

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Listening at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice, by Professor Gretel Van Wieren

About the Book

For years, Gretel Van Wieren studied and attempted to emulate the lives of the mystics. As a pastor in rural, dairy-farming New York, she walked the fields and woods behind the parsonage daily.

Remembering that time in her life, Van Wieren concludes that she is out of practice, and she goes to the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon’s western Cascade Mountains to conduct a spiritual experiment: Is it possible to rediscover a deep sense of connection with the natural world, and can it be done, with children, in today’s high-tech, hyper-busy world?
Listening at Lookout Creek weaves philosophical and spiritual interpretations of the natural world with personal, hands-on experiences of particular landed places. Read a review of the book here.

About the Author
Gretel Van Wieren is associate professor of religious studies at Michigan State University, where her courses focus on religion, ethics, and the environment. She is author of the books Food, Farming and Religion and Restored to Earth, as well as numerous journal articles. She received her PhD in religious studies from Yale University.

Buy Listening at Lookout Creek

Listening at Lookout Creek‘s publisher Oregon State University Press has graciously offered a promotional code for YBG Book Club members for 30% off and free shipping through 4/15/21. Please register for the book club to receive the code.

You can also purchase a copy from these other online retailers:

Barnes & Noble
Bookshop (to support independent and local bookstores)

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