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This collection of Berry's essays spans about three decades, and captures the evolution of his thought. We watch a grand vision struggling to come out. The first efforts are wordy, dense, and filled with theological language. Berry is struggling to bring his whole religious heritage with him into the new ecological age. With each attempt his writing grows clearer in focus. He argues less against outdated sentiments, and stresses the glories of life to be saved. Finally, he becomes a grand old prophet, regaling us with admiration for the sacred cosmos.
--author of The Gardens of Their Dreams: Desertification and Culture in World History