Fall Book Recommendation:
Earth, Our Original Monastery: Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude through Intimacy with Nature
by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD
Weekly discussions each Sunday after Worship October 4 – November 29th.

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The Christian Education Team recommends Earth, Our Original Monastery by Christine Valters Paintner, PhD for your reading consideration this Fall. Here’s a description of the book:

How can we meet God in our everyday lives? In Earth, Our Original Monastery, Christine Valters Paintner shares how living contemplatively with an appreciation for the natural world can make you more aware of the presence of God in every aspect of your life. She explores monks, mystics, and saints who have experienced the goodness of the Divine in nature and invites you to find solace and spiritual revelation in the wonder of God’s creation.

Christine Valters Paintner suggests that the purpose of contemplative living is to allow you to integrate the pieces of your life within yourself, in your community, and in the world around you. When you pay attention to each moment, you nurture your ability to see God’s actions in those moments. This book invites you to begin the journey of contemplative living by focusing on the image of the earth as your original monastery—the place where you learn your most fundamental prayers, participate in each day’s liturgy of praise, and experience the wisdom of the seasons.

Paintner provides seven ways of seeing the earth in light of faith and pairs each one with a practical invitation to a practice. As you explore what these connections between the earth and faith mean for how to see God in the world around you, you can also look at saints and mystics who experienced nature and the flow of the divine in similar ways.

Copies of Earth, Our Original Monastery can be purchased through your favorite book provider.

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