Conversations with nature: a book with ‘profound imagination’
‘Poetic and beautiful’
The prologue of Peter Owen Jones’ Conversations with Nature immediately captures our attention and transfixes us before taking us on a journey through the beauty of nature.
‘Once, we were one form among many in the garden,’ explains The Prologue. ‘We learned to hear the voices of the mountains, the rivers, the sky, of silence.’
‘The mice spoke, the trees spoke, the stars spoke, the deer and the fox spoke, the snake spoke – and from these words we made being.’
‘These words formed great cities and their machines ever clamouring, and we let the silence slip and the words of the whispering world fall away beyond the mirror of our making.’
With such poetic and beautiful phrasing, it’s perhaps not surprising that Peter’s work has already drawn praise from a wide range of respected literary figures.
Conversations with Nature (Peter Owen Jones). Image kindly provided by Clairview Books.
‘I will carry this little book in my pocket,’ writes Martin Shaw, author of Smoke Hole and Courting the Wild Twin.
‘I will read the words on London buses and in Dartmoor woods. These across-species conversations are more than reverie, they are participation.’
‘This is a book of profound imagination,’ says Satish Kumar, Editor Emeritus, Resurgence & Ecologist. ‘Read it and you will know that we humans need to be humble and learn from the greatest teacher, Nature.’
Jerry Shearing’s striking illustrations amplify the eighteen meditations. Through these ‘conversations,’ Peter Owen Jones offers a pathway to reconnect with nature. ‘Just a few sentences a day will provide sustenance for the soul,’ he says.
Peter spent his early years in the countryside before working as a farm labourer. He was ordained in 1992 and currently serves as a parish priest in Sussex, England.
Conversations with Nature. Released: 17 October 2022. 92 pages (paperback). £10.99.
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