Considering Birds & Lilies – Finding Peace & Harmony with the Everyday World Around Us
CONSIDERING BIRDS & LILIES explores the deep connection between time in nature and the Christian faith. In this thoughtful book, Cynthia Coe takes the reader through a number of expressions and examples of spirituality in nature in both the Old and New Testaments, along with nature-based practices of spirituality by Jesus and by early Christians. Topics include the role of wilderness in preparation for leadership and for new mission, the use of nature by Jesus to teach important concepts of spirituality, and the practice of faith outdoors, in the garden, and even in our own backyards.
The author offers an introduction to a number of nature-based practices of spirituality, along with a series of Garden Meditations for individual use. These meditations introduce readers to the practice of Lectio Natura, the spiritual practice of seeing parables in the natural world around us in everyday life. This book will affirm the importance of time in nature as an essential part of the Christian faith and in the practice of Christian spirituality.
Questions for small group discussion, journaling, or individual reflection are offered at the end of each chapter, making this book an excellent resource for Christian formation by groups or individuals.
About Cynthia Coe (Knoxville, Tennessee Author)
Welcome to my Author Page! I'm delighted that you clicked to find more info about me.
My newest book is "Considering Birds & Lilies: Finding Peace & Harmony in the Everyday World Around Us." I wrote this book towards the end of my time as an Environmental Stewardship Fellow of the Episcopal Church. This book includes many thoughts and insights I gained while writing my two books to introduce children to creation care, "Earth Our Garden Home" and "Wild Faith."
"Considering Birds & Lilies" is a product of my daily walks around my farm in Tennessee. As soon as I step outside, I'm able to forget all worries and concerns. I've also gained many insights in troubling problems by observing the trees, flowers, and animals living on my farm. In researching early Christianity, I realized that many of the saints and early Christian spiritual leaders also found a deep sense of spirituality while in nature. I wanted to share this tradition of nature-based spirituality with contemporary Christians, using everyday language and a conversational tone. (This is by no means an "academic" book!)
Between drafts of books on spirituality and faith, I dabble with novel writing. My first novel, "Ginger's Reckoning," was written in the late 1990's and based on my travels to Europe during my younger days. My second novel, "Runaway Kitty" was written as a means of coming to terms with my adventures as a mom of teenagers. It's written from the perspective of a 15 year old girl living in the Knoxville suburbs, but most of my readers of this novel have been parents and teachers of teens. I hope you'll take a look at these two novels.
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