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A Wild Faith

Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism

Rabbi Mike Comins
Foreword by Nigel Savage, founder of Hazon

6 x 9, 240 pp, Paperback, 978-1-58023-316-3

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Explore the connections between God, wilderness and Judaism.
This comprehensive how-to guide to the theory and practice of Jewish wilderness spirituality unravels the mystery of Judaism’s connection to the natural world and offers ways for you to enliven and deepen your spiritual life through wilderness experience. Over forty practical exercises provide detailed instruction on spiritual practice in the natural world, including:
Mindfulness exercises for the trail  • Meditative walking
Four-Winds wisdom from Jewish tradition  • Wilderness blessings
Soul-O Site solitude practice in wilderness  • Wilderness retreat
For wilderness lovers and nature novices alike, this inspiring and insightful book will lead you through experiences of awe and wonder in the natural world. It will show you the depth and relevance of Judaism to your spiritual awareness in wilderness and teach you new ways to energize your relationship with God and prayer.

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“Provocative, playful, profound and thoughtful…. Invites us into a world-embracing, wilderness-savoring faith. Reading this book will ground your soul—and it might just save our world.”
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and vice president, American Jewish University
“It is hard not to be moved by Comins’ soulful exploration of Jewish spirituality. After reading his book ... many of us will pay more attention to the sound of our feet touching the earth, the smell of our breath and the rustle of the leaves, and maybe we will see divinity in all of those places.”
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
“There is nothing quite like this.… A welcome addition to anyone’s toolbox for Jewish meditation and spiritual life.”
Sylvia Boorstein, author, Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist:
On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist
“Part holy book, part handbook, any Jew who has ever wondered how their Judaism, the world and their own soul can connect must read this book.”
Dr. Jeremy Benstein, associate director, the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership; author, The Way Into Judaism and the Environment
“A soulful manual.… Connects us back to our roots in the wilderness where we can be nourished and tested; where we can encounter God’s mystery directly.”
Rabbi Shefa Gold, author, Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land
“For those who love nature and know little about Judaism, and those who love Judaism but know little about wilderness, Comins’s message is clear: one need not choose between the two to find potential, promise and fulfillment.”
Publishers Weekly
“Heartfelt, ethical, deeply practical, mystical and accessible … quietly renews the ancient alliance between Judaism and the animate earth.”
David Abram, PhD, director, Alliance for Wild Ethics; author, The Spell of the Sensuous
“Restores our appreciation of what we so glibly refer to as Nature…. Refreshing reading for all seekers of the oldest and most important of all religions—life.”
Rabbi Gershon Winkler, author, Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism
“An exhilarating view of where we have come from and where we may choose to journey. Beautifully written and insightful. How refreshing!”
Rabbi Jamie Korngold, author, God in the Wilderness
Nigel Savage founded and runs Hazon (www.hazon.org).

 

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