New Homesteading Book: At Home in Nature : Modern Homesteading and Spiritual Practice

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  1. ellebeaux

    ellebeaux Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone read this book? It looks kinda cool - here's what amazon.com says:

    At Home in Nature : Modern Homesteading and Spiritual Practice in America

    by Rebecca Gould

    Editorial Reviews

    Book Description
    Motivated variously by the desire to reject consumerism, to live closer to the earth, to embrace voluntary simplicity, or to discover a more spiritual path, homesteaders have made the radical decision to go "back to the land," rejecting modern culture and amenities to live self-sufficiently and in harmony with nature. Drawing from vivid firsthand accounts as well as from rich historical material, this gracefully written study of homesteading in America from the late nineteenth century to the present examines the lives and beliefs of those who have ascribed to the homesteading philosophy, placing their experiences within the broader context of the changing meanings of nature and religion in modern American culture.
    Rebecca Kneale Gould investigates the lives of famous figures such as Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, Ralph Borsodi, Wendell Berry, and Helen and Scott Nearing, and she presents penetrating interviews with many contemporary homesteaders. She also considers homesteading as a form of dissent from consumer culture, as a departure from traditional religious life, and as a practice of environmental ethics.

    From the Inside Flap
    "Gould's attention to the ironies and ambivalences that abound in the practice of homesteading provides fresh and insightful perspective."--Beth Blissman, Oberlin College
    "This luminously written ethnography of the worlds that homesteaders make significantly broadens our understanding of modern American religion. In richly textured descriptions of the everyday lives and work of the homesteaders with whom she lived, Gould helps us understand how the tasks of clearing land, making bread, and building a garden wall were ways of taking on the most urgent issues of meaning and ethics."--Robert A. Orsi, Harvard University
    "This is a fascinating, authoritative, and accessible look at one of America's most important subcultures. If you ever get around to building that cabin in the woods, or especially if you don't, you'll want this volume on the bookshelf."--Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape
    "Rebecca Gould's compelling book on American homesteading brings the study of the religion-nature connection in the U.S. to a new place."--Catherine L. Albanese, author of Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age
    "Gould provides brand new data and sheds new interpretive light on familiar figures and movements. At Home in Nature is a model of how to seamlessly blend ethnography and history."--Bron Taylor, University of Florida, editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/05...3712-2266248?_encoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155
     
  2. SkizzlePig

    SkizzlePig Well-Known Member

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    What's the "Spiritual Practice" crap? Does this new-age garbage have to invade everything? God forbid we not try to subvert the good Christian values, morals and eternal righteousness.
     

  3. ellebeaux

    ellebeaux Well-Known Member

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    Uh, Christianity is a 'spiritual practice'. Or are you being sarcastic??
     
  4. SkizzlePig

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    ... and so is new-age crystal worship and other nonsensical practices.

    Usually, modern day references to "Spiritual" are new-age garbage. My point is this book could easily be written without trying to integrate this "Spiritual Practice". For me, I'll pass over this junk for a book more in line with spiritual reality.

    I suppose though ... new-agers need their books too ... good for them.
     
  5. TexasArtist

    TexasArtist Well-Known Member

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    Yeah goodness knows christianity hasn't tried to change others ever :rolleyes:
     
  6. Buffy in Dallas

    Buffy in Dallas Well-Known Member Supporter

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    :flame: And how would you feel if I called your deeply held spiritual beliefs "garbage"? :nono: This isn't a "christian only" forum. :grump:
     
  7. minnikin1

    minnikin1 Shepherd

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    Thanks for the info about the book.
    I'll be looking forward to hearing reviews from our midst -


    I love Wendell Berry's writings... I'm interested to hear what she had to say about him.
     
  8. hedgeapple

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    ellebeaux thanks for sharing, i look forward to checking this out.
     
  9. momlaffsalot

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    Yes, I am going to check it out too...thanks!
     
  10. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    Unlikely, you need to be nicer
     
  11. SkizzlePig

    SkizzlePig Well-Known Member

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    You're absolutely right. My apologies. I spoke way out of turn ... my bad and my apologies.
     
  12. Lizza

    Lizza Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I hope to see some reviews as well. I saw it at the book store but I didn't want to buy it. My library doesn't have it. I'm thinking of requesting it for the library to buy. My daughter did this once and they bought an entire series she wanted.
     
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    Beltane Enjoying Four Seasons

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    It sounds like a great book, I'll keep my eye out for it. Thanks. :)
     
  14. ellebeaux

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    Thanks Bob!

    And you too, Unlikely, for being man enough to admit it when you believe you are in error...
     
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    jnap31 garden guy

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    Thanks looks interesting should be able to glean good things from it even if it turns out to have new age tendencies.
     
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    I did.. It's an ok book.. Not really what I expected.. Its mostly just interview with broad sweeping conclusions... No real how to.. more why these folks did..
     
  17. TexasArtist

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    Thank you. Most people would not have said such a thing.
     
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    I think UF is unhappy that the book acknowledges any spirituality other than bible-beating "christianity" as valid.

    'Cause, you know, this is a "CHRISTIAN NATION"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    insocal Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, better go bury your head in that bible. Remember not to EVER read anything else. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    insocal Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for having the courage to say this!!!!!