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Backpacking with the saints : wilderness hiking as spiritual practice

Author: Belden C Lane
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
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"Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the world's great spiritual writings, Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. For companions, he has only such teachers as Rumi, John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen, Dag Hammarskjöld, and Thomas Merton, and as he walks, he engages their writings with the natural wonders he encounters,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Belden C Lane
ISBN: 9780199927814 0199927812
OCLC Number: 877369541
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 266 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The allure of the wild: backpacking as spiritual practice --
The risk-taking character of wilderness reading --
Venturing out: the Irish wilderniss and Columbia of Iona --
Disillusionment: Laramie Peak and Thérèse of Lisieux --
Desire: Rockpile Mountsin wilderness and Thomas Traherne --
Solitude: Bell Mountain wilderness and Søren Kierkegaard --
Traveling light: Gunstock Hollow and Dag Hammarskjold --
Mindfulness: Moonshine Hollow and Thich Nhat Hanh --
Fear: the maze in Canyonlands and John of the Cross --
Failure: Mt. Whitney and Martin Luter --
Dying: Mudlick Mountain Trail and The Cloud of Unknowing --
Discernment: Taum Sauk Mountain and Jelaluddin Rumi --
Community: Lower Rock Creed and Teilhard de Chardin --
Justice: the Mermec River at Times Beach and Mohandas Gandhi --
Holy folly: Aravaipa Canyon and Thomas Merton.
Responsibility: [edited by] Belden C. Lane.


Backpacking with the Saints is a captivating account of solo wilderness backpacking as spiritual practice. On his solitary hikes, Belden Lane has as companions the great spiritual texts of the  Read more...


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If you are feeling brave, if you are in need of something radically new, if your search for God sometimes feels halfhearted, you should read Belden Lane. If possible, try reading it outside Lane Read more...

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