Books & Publications about Spirit, Environment, Sustainability & Nature
'Enough' by John Naish - a really good read and a very important book - how to break free from the world of excess. 'It's full of information and ideas - I thoroughly recommend it' - Anna Lubelska, Director of Spiritual England.
Harmony – A new Way of looking at our World’ by HRH The Prince of Wales (ie Prince Charles) with Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly
Published by Blue Door, Harper Collins 2010
The book starts with a call to action. ‘This is a call to revolution. The earth is under threat. It cannot cope with all that we demand of it. It is losing its balance and we humans are causing this to happen.’
Being Human: Ethics, Environment and Our Place in the World: AL Peterson
Published: 2001 by University of California Press
Being Human examines the complex connections among conceptions of human nature, attitudes toward non-human nature, and ethics. Anna Peterson proposes an "ethical anthropology" that examines how ideas of nature and humanity are bound together in ways that shape the very foundations of cultures.
Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future: Bron Taylor
Published: 2009: University of California Press
Bron Taylor, Professor of Religion and Nature at the University of Florida addresses a central theoretical question: How can environmentally oriented, spiritually motivated individuals and movements be understood as religious when many of them reject religious and supernatural worldviews? The 'dark' of the title further expands this idea by emphasizing the depth of believers' passion and also suggesting a potential shadow side: besides uplifting and inspiring, such religion might mislead, deceive, or in some cases precipitate violence. This book provides a fascinating global tour of the green religious phenomenon, enabling readers to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.
Deep Ecology for the Twenty-first Century: George Sessions
Published: 1995 by Shambhala Publications Inc.
This book discusses the fundamental relationship between human beings and nature, and suggests an ethical and philosophical foundation for environmental protection in the next hundred years.
Ecology of Wisdom, The: Writings: Arne Naess
Published: 2008 by COUNTERPOINT;ANT-N edition
A collection of essays by a founder of the Deep Ecology movement and one of the leading philosophers of modern environmentalism. Compiling Arne Naess's seminal essays, Drengson and Devall provide a comprehensive and accessible portrait of Naess's groundbreaking philosophy and activism.
Ecology, Community and Lifestyle: Outline of an Ecosophy: Arne Naess
Published: 1990 by Cambridge University Press
The basic thesis of the work is that environmental problems are only to be solved by people - people who will be required to make value judgements in conflicts that go beyond narrowly conceived human concerns. Thus people require not only an ethical system, but a way of conceiving the world and themselves such that the intrinsic value of life and nature is obvious, a system based on ‘deep ecological’ principles.
Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind: Theodore Roszak
Published: 2002,University of California Press
This collection shows how the health of the planet is inextricably linked to the psychological health of humanity, individually and collectively. Here are writings from the premier psychotherapists, thinkers, and eco-activists working in the field, including: James Hillman, world-renowned Jungian analyst, relating the 'one core issue for all psychology’.
Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind: Linda Buzzell
Published: 2009:Sierra Club/Counterpoint
Psychotherapist Buzzell and psychology professor Chalquist (Terrapsychologist) gather 29 contributors to explore traditional psychotherapy at the intersection of the human and the environment. Ecotherapy, or applied ecopsychology, encompasses a broad range of nature-based methods of psychological healing, grounded in the crucial fact that people are inseparable from the rest of nature and nurtured by healthy interaction with the Earth. Leaders in the field, including Robert Greenway, and Mary Watkins, contribute essays that take into account the latest scientific understandings and the deepest indigenous wisdom.
Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community: Thomas Berry
Published: 2000 by Sierra Club Books
A new collection of essays exploring mankind's place on earth and the full dimensions of the ecological crisis facing the world.
Green Spirituality: Rosa Roman
Published: 2004: Green Magic
Green Spirituality blends environmental awareness and action, country wildcraft and the soul poetry of contemporary pagan practice to create a way that is both magical and grounded in modern reality.
Holistic Home: Creating an Environment for Spiritual and Physical Well-being: Joanna E. Trevelyan
Published: 1998, Apple Press
A practical guide providing encouragement, information and the tools to adapt homes into holistic places to live. It demonstrates how to combine aesthetics and function, the principles and practice of holistic living, the role of plants, and how to apply holistic principles to individual rooms.
Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present: John Gatta
Published: 2004 by OUP USA
Here John Gatta argues that the religious import of American environmental literature has yet to be fully recognized or understood. Making Nature Sacred explores how the quest for 'natural revelation' has been pursued through successive phases of American literary and intellectual history. It shows how the imaginative challenge of 'reading' landscapes has been influenced by biblical hermeneutics.
Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness in a Fragmented World: Bill Plotkin
Published 2008: New World Library
Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human lifespan rooted in the patterns and rhythms of nature, a template for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation. It describes how to raise children who are in love with life and learning, how to help teenagers develop personalities that are both authentic and socially engaging, how to grow into a fulfilled, soulful adult contributing unique gifts to the greater world, and how to mature into a genuine elderhood of wisdom and cultural leadership.
One River, Many Wells: Matthew Fox
Published: 2004 by Jeremy P Tarcher
Here, Matthew Fox focuses on four categories of spiritual inquiry: how we relate to creation, to divinity, to ourselves and how we relate to the future. He sees these categories flowing through all spiritual tradition. One section explores issues of service and compassion, justice and "spiritual warrior hood." Others discuss meditation, art, ritual and sexuality. Fox concludes with "18 New Myths and Visions" which summarises his central message.
Original Blessing: A Prayer in Creation Spirituality: Matthew Fox
Published: by Bear & Co.
Here is a reissue of the critically acclaimed bestseller, named one of the "20 books that changed the world" in New Age Journal's Annual Source Book for 1995. Maverick theologian Matthew Fox provides a daring view of historical Christianity and a theologically sound basis for personal discovery of spiritual liberation.
Prophets of Nature: Green Spirituality in Romantic Poetry and Painting: Gordon Strachan
Published: 2008 by Floris Book
Well-known thinker and writer Gordon Strachan, discusses the tradition of green spirituality as seen through poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, and painters such as Samuel Palmer, Caspar David Friedrich and William Turner. Strachan argues for the genuine spiritual vision of these artists before the so-called twilight of Romanticism set in. He shows that there are many deep springs of inspiration in their work which chime with our current environmental concerns.
Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality: Alastair McIntosh
Published: 2008 by Green Books
A great book for anyone that is interested in how to rebuild community. The book covers environmental science and ethics and is inspired by wisdom and clarity.
Re-visioning the Earth: Guide to Opening the Healing Channels Between Mind and Nature: Paul Devereux
Published : 1997 by Simon & Schuster Ltd.
Interweaving concerns of the environmental movement and the interest in traditional lifestyles, this book offers a perspective on the relationship between mankind and the Earth. He rejects the idea that we must "save" the Earth, and asserts that it is our own survival that demands attention.
Sacred Land, Sacred Sex: Rapture of the Deep: Concerning Deep Ecology and Celebrating Life: Dolores Lachapelle
Published: 1999 by Kivak I Press
A Book of Common Prayer for the deep ecology movement, and for persons who wish to live in harmony with the world while constructively engaging in its health and growth. It's a text and a story book that explains the factual and personal basis for the validity of deep ecology, bioethics and regional communities.
Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality: Judie Bopp
Published: 1984 by Lotus Press
A handbook of Native Spirituality for indigenous peoples all over the Americas and the world. Through the guidance of the tribal elders, native values and traditions are being taught as the primary key to unlocking the force that will move native peoples on the path of their own development.
Songs for Earthlings: Green Spirituality Songbook: Julie Middleton
Published: 199 by Emerald Earth Publishing
A beautiful and useful resource for all who love the Earth.
Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche: Bill Plotkin
Published: 200 by New World Library
This book is an immense treasure that will provide wisdom seekers, psychologists, shamanic practitioners, and seasoned wilderness guides alike with a fresh heart-opening soul language, a new mythos for fathoming the depths of change, as well as time-tested practical methods for navigating the landscape of authentic transformation. In essence, ‘Soulcraft’ is Plotkin's "soul gift," a user's manual for the journey of the human soul, as well as a guide to the futurescape of why we are all really here.
Sufficient: A Modern Guide to Sustainable Living: Tom Petherick
Published: 2009 by Pavilion
This book is an environmental guide, no matter where you live in the world."Sufficient" is a passionate approach to understanding why changes need to be made and how they can be achieved in a fun and life-enhancing way. It encourages the practice of sustainability, taking it from its niche following and bringing it into the mainstream consciousness via a practical every day manual.
The Book of Nature: A Sourcebook of Spiritual Perspectives on Nature and the Environment: Camille Helminski
Published: 2006, The Book Foundation
The book of nature is an anthology of spiritual perspectives on nature and the environment, highlighting the human role in honouring and maintaining the balance. It looks at "Basic Principles" of Unity, Interdependence, Power & Beauty, Communication, Adaptability, Creativity & Transformation.
The Dream of the Earth: Thomas Berry
Published: 2006 by University of California Press
In this book Berry offers a new perspective that recasts our understanding of science, technology, politics, religion, ecology, and education. He shows us why it is important for us to respond to the Earth's need for planetary renewal, and what we must do to break free of the "technological trance" that drives a misguided dream of progress.
The Earth Has a Soul: C.G.Jung's Writings on Nature, Technology and Modern Life: C.G. Jung
Published: 2002 by North Atlantic Books,U.S.
C.G Jung talks about society's loss of connection with nature. Meaning primal, instinctual and cyclical with the seasons and shared across all humanity. This is a collection of some of Jung's writings on the subject, as if a series of questions have been posed to him. The selections have been made not just from his published writings, but also from speeches, seminars, interviews and letters.
The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century: Thomas Berry and Evelyn Tucker
Published: 2009 by Columbia University Press
Leading scholar, cultural historian, and Catholic priest who spent more than fifty years writing about our engagement with the Earth, Thomas Berry possessed prophetic insight into the rampant destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of species. Berry makes a persuasive case for an interreligious dialogue that can better confront the environmental problems of the twenty-first century. Berry resituates the human spirit within a sacred totality.
The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World: David Abram
Published: 1997 by Vintage Books
This book describes the influence of spoken and written language and rational thinking on man's perception of the natural world around him. Abram puts forth his daring hypothesis with a poetic vigour and argumentative insight that stimulate reconsideration of the technological commonplace.
The Spirit of the Green Man: Mary Neasham
Published: 2003 by Green Magic
Mary Neasham celebrates the contemporary appeal of this iconic image of fertility, the Greenwood and oneness with nature. She emphasizes the importance of The Green Man’s message for environmental movements, the Pagan revival and the emergence of Green Spirituality.
The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology: Theodore Roszak
Published: 2000, Phanes Press: U.S.
Roszak (history, California State U., Hayward) has formulated a philosophy that seeks to link the human realm with the cosmos by combining the beliefs and systems used in ecology and psychology. In addition to providing an ideology for environmentalism, the result is a grand commentary on science and culture today.
Voices of the Earth: The Path of Green Spirituality: Clea Danaan
Published: 2009 by Llewellyn Publications,U.S.
This book offers healing, renewal, knowledge of your life purpose, and a spiritual oasis in a chaotic world. Nature intuitive Clea Danaan gives lessons in building psychic awareness and communicating with plants, trees, and nature spirits. Each chapter features meditations, journal exercises, and art projects to help you open psychically to the earth and deepen your spiritual practice.
We are Home: Spirituality of the Environment: Shannon Jung
Published: 1993 by Paulist Press International, U.S.
With this timely book, Dr. Jung invites everyday readers to conceive of themselves not as "other," but as one with God, other people, animals, and plants that share the Earth. Passionate but not preachy, hope-filled but not guilt-driven, this book puts a unique spin on environmental issues and will make stimulating reading for all who ponder their responsibilities to the biosphere.
Women as Sacred Custodians of the Earth?: Women, Spirituality and the Environment: Alaine Low
Published: 2001, Berghahn Books
This book offers a new perspective, specifically to challenge the assumption that women have a special affinity with the Earth and therefore a historic mission for the care of the environment. The book explores spiritual, religious and philosophical beliefs concerning women and ecology, and whether women are truly "sacred custodians" of the Earth.