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Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the worlds great spiritual writings- Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. For companions- he has only such teachers as Rumi- John of the Cross- Hildegard of Bingen- Dag Hammarskjold- and Thomas Merton- and as he walks- he engages their writings with the natural wonders he encounters-Bell Mountain Wilderness with Soren Kierkegaard- Moonshine Hollow with Thich Nhat Hanh-demonstrating how being alone in the wild opens a rare view onto ones interior landscape- and how the saints writings reveal the divine in nature. The discipline of backpacking- Lane shows- is a metaphor for a spiritual journey. Just as the trail offered revelations to the early Desert Christians- backpacking hones crucial spiritual skills: paying attention- traveling light- practicing silence- and exercising wonder. Lane engages the practice not only with a wide range of spiritual writings-Celtic- Catholic- Protestant- Buddhist- Hindu- and Sufi Muslim-but with the fascination of other lovers of the backcountry- from John Muir and Ed Abbey to Bill Plotkin and Cheryl Strayed.In this intimate and down-to-earth narrative- backpacking is shown to be a spiritual practice that allows the discovery of God amidst the beauty and unexpected terrors of nature. Adoration- Lane suggests- is the most appropriate human response to what we cannot explain- but have nonetheless learned to love. Backpacking with the Saints is an enchanting exploration of how solitude- simplicity- and mindfulness are i... Please click here to ask a question
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