Amazing!!! Will read it again for sure. Or I should clarify; listen to it again.
This book spoke my heart and soul, and everything I long to offer my children. It took me back to my own childhood and my dad first fostering that relationship with the forest near our house. He would take my brother and I on magical outings to adventure playgrounds and picking berries on the edges of farmers fields. We would fill buckets and our bellies and mom would bake pies from our spoils!
We would walk along the Fraser River and throw handfuls of tiny rocks, for what felt like hours. Mesmerized by the sparkle it would make on the water. I was given great freedom to ride my horse up behind our hobby farm where I would often see black bears and deer. I had a view of the whole valley and could watch summer storms coming from miles away.
The little girl down the road and I spent hours “down the gully” at the end out our country road. Clambering down the sandy banks into a whole different world of sun filter light, streaming through the trees. We would carry our shoes and cross the creek till we found our latest hid out and would build forts and have hours of unsupervised play wile we swatted bugs and collected rocks. Later in life we would be each others back packing partners as we hiked the “West Coast Trail” and even up to Alaska to climb the “Golden Staircase”.
My work has taken me into some wild mountains and my farming roots have kept me close to the Land and the Dirt we have come from.
Who would I be without my connection to Nature and the Creator who has meant for me to dwell within it?
Richard Louv, (though not speaking from a Specifically Christian Perspective) Is asking that very question.
“What will happen to future generations and to the environment if we as parents fail to foster a love for the natural world in our Childerns hearts and minds?”
Time in nature is deeply important to Child development and Richard give essay upon essay as to how and why we need to be allowing our children to explore, experience, touch, see, smell, and play in nature.
I Love this book!!! I would recommend it to anyone looking for encouragement to get their kids out in nature. Or if you are looking for some practical advice on how to do that, in our ever changing world, where cation is king. It affirms everything I was already feeling in my heart. I purchased it on audio and would suggest that, as some portions were slightly dry. (only because they didn’t really address the life stage I am in currently) But still beneficial to listen to wile I cooked supper or washed the floors.
Seriously get this book and get your kids outside!! They will push their own limits and lear there own capabilitite and limitation. It will stimulate their senses and help them to understand their value as a first fruit of Gods creation.
To be Spiritual is to be Amazed, and to be in Nature is amazing. I always feel close to my Creator when I connect with His creation and it is my prayer that I will be able to offer that same opportunity to my children as well. This book gave me great advice, as to how I can put this dream into action!