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Books and other extended devotional reflections

NEW  Rooted and Grounded in Love: Devotions for Growing Couples (Outskirts Press, 2016) by Noni Strand

The wisdom of plants and the resources of faith help couples nourish their relationships with one another, God, and all of Creation in this book of devotions, prayers, and active reflections. Drawing from 23 years of service with young people on a college campus and Earth as teacher, Noni Strand utilizes the life cycle of a plant to explore the intricacies of relationships, marriage, and living more sustainably. From soil and seed, through roots and leaves and reproduction, to death and compost, readers are invited to reflect on God, love, conflict, children and parenting, the Bible, faith, forgiveness, sexuality, care of Creation, and other facets of life together. It is available from the publisher and Amazon.

Several resources were recommend by Kim Winchell.  (Share your recommendations by emailing or on Facebook). 

For individual and group devotions, Kim appreciates John Philip Newell, a Scottish poet and peacemaker, in the field of Celtic spirituality.

  • Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter includes morning and evening prayer for each day of the week.
  • A New Harmony: The Spirit, the Earth, and the Human Soul seeks a Christian spirituality that more fully integrates humanity with the earth.
  • The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality reflects on the seven days of creation in Genesis as a guide to reveal divine presence at the heart of everyday life.

Book and Resource List

Earth Prayers: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations from Around the World. Not a new resource, but newly recommended, this volume from 1991 continues to find great applicablity in devotions for meetings or home, involving ancient texts to United Nations language, Christian poets and vast interfaith reflections.

Caring for Our Corner of Creation:  A Study-Action Program to Enhance Your Congregation’s Sense of Place  As part of this curriculum written by Jeff Wild and Peter Bakken of Madison, WI, here is a document with a beautiful collection of prayers.

Earth and All Stars: Reconnecting with nature through Hymns, Stories, Poems, and Prayers from the World’s Great Religions and Cultures, edited by Anne Rowthorn (Wipf and Stock, 2009)

Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God's Creation by Sam Hamilton-Poore (who teaches spiritual life at San Francisco Theological Seminary (Upper Room Books, 2008). The book offers prayers for morning, midday, and evening for every day for four weeks, supplemented with m

editations, biblical texts, and prayerful reflection.

Earth Prayers from Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth edited by Elizabeth Roberts (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991).  Here is a sample of morning prayer from the book.

Green Bible Devotion, (HarperSanFrancisco, 2009) is a daily devotional that is a companion to the Green Bible (an NRSV version of the Bible with passages related to creation highlighted in “green”). 

I Love God’s Green Earth: Devotions for Kids Who Want to Take Care of God’s Creation by Michael and Caroline Carroll (Tyndale Kids, 2010). The book contains 90 days of devotions each of which has a scripture reading, reflections on an ecological situation of concern, our connection to it, and what can be done. It could be used with a Sunday school group or as a discipline for a season of the year as a family activity.

Thirty Days of Creation  In this devotional booklet, each day features scripture and prayer, as well as astonishing facts and small and large commitments to make.