- Interspiritual Chaplain and Author
- Author of Meditations
of John Muir: Nature's Temple. Highland
states that this book is "a simple collection of what I consider
the heart of Muir's spiritual perspective, gleaned from many
years of enjoying his delightful writings. The fact that I have
coupled his thoughts alongside quotes from diverse spiritual
sources is an intentional bow to Muir's position in my "book
of natural saints." Highland is also the author of Meditations
of Henry David Thoreau and Meditations of Ralph
Waldo Emerson, and several other books in the series.
- Highland writes, "I value Muir's "wild worldview" and the nature-based understanding of Life, God
and the creation he espoused in his writings." A former Presbyterian minister, Highland feels great sympathy for Muir. Highland writes, "Muir felt stifled by the closed-minded, harsh ways of his father's peculiar brand of religion and the
church of his youth. For him, it seems, the Church of the Wild was the only place where he could experience a closeness with the God Who is Beauty. His writings reflect his commitment to draw others into this radical experience with the spirit of all the earth."
Highland further observes that John Muir was "a saunterer in the tradition
of prophets of all eras who were voices at the edges of religion -- heretics if you will -- who served to call those lost in the weeds of creeds back to the fundamentals of the "Walk", that is, the fundamentals that begin with:
all lessons of the heart are present to be seen and enjoyed in the sacred natural world around us."
- Highland is also the author of Wild
Teachers, a novel that imagines
what might have happened if John Muir and Jesus of Nazareth met.
For more background on Chris and his spiritual path in "Nature's Temple," inspired by Muir, Thoreau, and others, see:
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