Wood Lake Publishing is pleased to announce the release of our first Fall 2012 title, Rainbow of Mysteries by Norman Habel.
In an attempt to re-connect with Earth as a sanctuary and a living planet, Habel has led the move to include the Season of Creation as part of the church year (seasonofcreation.com). In this, his first book with Wood Lake Publishing, Habel asks how we can sustain a sense of mystery and an appreciation of the sacred in nature. Join us in welcoming Habel to the Wood Lake family!
Rainbow of Mysteries
Meeting the Sacred in Nature
Using poetry and prose, Norman Habel journeys deep into his personal experiences of the sacred in nature, from his initial sense of alienation from Earth to his eventual “homecoming.”
Along the way, he investigates seven wonders of nature and their spiritual dimensions or mysteries. He explores biblical texts that praise or suppress creation and examines each mystery through the lens of ecology and his own experiences. Ultimately his goal is to discern how to sustain each mystery and its spiritual dimension. Read more.
An Excerpt from Rainbow of Mysteries
From Chapter 3: Gold – The Mystery of Wonder
Evolution may suggest that God is the perpetual nudging of the elements to form the wonders of the cosmos. For me, however, knowing that these components are connected over space and time intensifies the mystery. Each Earth being is but a minuscule moment of matter in the process of evolution.But somehow, Earth nano-beings are connected with the cosmos, the whole of space and time. The wonder of it all is overwhelming! Perhaps then God is the “wondrous web in evolution” that connects all the wonders, whether minute or massive. If so, every connection is a spiritual wonder.
Wonder, then, is one domain where science and faith can explore mystery together. As Val Webb writes…Keep Reading
Praise for Rainbow of Mysteries
This beautifully moving and lyrical memoir-reflection containing story, poetry, liturgy, and study guide is to be experienced and savoured.
− Dr. Val Webb, Australian theologian and author of Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine and Stepping Out with the Sacred: Human Attempts to Engage the Divine
This book opened my heart, over and over again. Habel…was converted by ecology to a relationship with the living Earth that is pervaded by Mystery. It is tempting to call Habel an Earth mystic.
− Bruce Sanguin, Author of The Advance of Love
Habel challenges some of our most basic assumptions about ourselves and our relationship with the rest of Earth. It is just what the doctor ordered for weary souls and tired Earth-keepers. I recommend this powerful little volume to every human Earth being!
− David Rhoads, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
About the Author
Dr. Norman Habel hails from a farm community in Australia where he first met nature in a local bushland.
Among other works, he has recently published An Inconvenient Text: Is a Green Reading of the Bible Possible? and the first volume in the new Earth Bible Commentary series, entitled The Birth, the Curse and the Greening of Earth.
Web Price $18.36
eBook will be available in August 2012
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