In the introductory section of this paperback, editors Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon note: "In preparing this book, we discovered that for many people today, it is not religious prayer at all, but poetry, that they turn to in their search for spiritual nourishment. Perhaps this is because so many conventional religious prayer books seem unable to consecrate the normal and the natural. Preoccupied with a world beyond this one, the revelatory power of the Earth goes unpraised." This book corrects that omission. Here Earth is celebrated as the vessel that bears us and acknowledges that we bear a great responsibility to care for her.
There are ten chapters in this global crosscut of prayers, poems, and invocations including ones on the ecological self, a sacred place, the passion of the earth, healing the whole, the elements, blessings and invocations, praise and thanksgiving, benediction for the animals, cycles of life, the daily round, and meditations. Here you will find selections by Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, Margaret Atwood, Dylan Thomas, Starhawk, Thich Nhat Hanh, Black Elk, Denise Levertov, Pablo Neruda and many others.