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Every Natural Fact – “An inspired book on how nature helps us reclaim who we really are.”

September 2, 2010

Every Natural Fact

by Amy Lou Jenkins

Holy Cow! Press, $14.95 

One of the most moving passages, toward the end of this book, addresses our biggest challenge. Amy Lou Jenkins says: “ How do we, and how will our children, understand how to have dominion over a natural world (in which our attitude has moved from survival, to comfort, to avarice) when we only know summer nights by the comfort of lying in bed in a sealed room while the air conditioner blows away the feelings of the season? Most of us don’t hear the loon call at sunset…..the baritone gulp of the bullfrogs.”

The author shares problems she has had with her former spouse, religion, parents, suburbs, decaying cities, a distant daughter and an unresponsive educational system, but  it is her inspired trips with her eleven year old son that pull us outside to experience nature. He represents us, the skeptical audience, who she patiently mentors in the history, images and sensations of the natural world and away from a world of controlling relationships and hollow consumerism.

I would have opted for a more memorable title, but the writing itself is wondrous. Every generation has needed an Aldo Leopold or Thoreau to waken us from the weariness of the day-by-day. Amy Lou Jenkins is our John Muir and we never needed what she does more. She writes, “We who are drawn outdoors are trying to understand the community to which we belong; we are seeking spiritual awe; we are hunting wholeness. This is why we walk.” Or, as Muir once observed, “I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

– John Lehman, Rosebud Book Reviews

 

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