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New Book Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Examines the Need for a Spiritual Response to the Ecological Crisis

POINT REYES STATION, Calif., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – In a new book Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee edits a collection of essays from renowned public figures identifying the spiritual roots of our global ecological crisis and the response needed for a balanced sustainable future.


Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
A Collection of Essays Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

"There is now a single issue before us: survival. Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfillment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where the stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning."
Thomas Berry

The present ecological crisis–climate change, species depletion–is becoming ever more visible and immediate. This environmental crisis is the greatest threat to the future of humanity and the well-being of the planet. And yet it is part of a much deeper crisis whose danger is unnoticed: a crisis of soul caused by a deep forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation.

This series of essays from spiritual and environmental leaders around the world shows how humanity needs to transform its relationship with the Earth. It highlights the current ecological crisis and articulates a much-needed spiritual response to it. Perspectives from Buddhism, Sufism, Christianity, and Native American beliefs as well as physics, deep psychology, and other environmental disciplines, make this a well-rounded contribution.

Contributors: Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Thomas Berry, Fr. Richard Rohr, Wendell Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme, Chief Oren Lyons, Satish Kumar, Vandana Shiva, and others.

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"It's hard to imagine finding a wiser group of humans than the authors represented here, all of them both thinkers and do-ers in the greatest battle humans have ever faced. An epic collection!" –Bill McKibben, founder

"Spiritual Ecology is a superb collection of thoughtful pieces by people who have gone deep to understand our relations with the Earth. It comes at a crucial time for humanity." –Barry Lopez, author, Arctic Dreams.

"This book carries urgently needed messages for everyone on the planet." –John Liu, director Environmental Education Media Project.

About the Book

TITLE: Spiritual Ecology: Cry of the Earth ·

EDITOR: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

PUBLISHER: The Golden Sufi Center

DISTRIBUTOR: Independent Publishers Group (IPG)

PUB DATE: July 1, 2013

hardcover: $24.95, ISBN 978-1-890350-46-8

paperback: $15.95, ISBN 978-1-890350-45-1

PDF & other ebook formats: $9.99

CATEGORY: Environmental Studies and Spirituality

PAGE COUNT: 280 pages

About the Editor: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi teacher and author of over twenty books on Sufism, Mysticism and Spiritual Psychology. In recent years, the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility at this time of global ecological crisis ( Llewellyn was recently interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday, and has been featured as part of the PBS Global Spirit series.

Contact: Seana Quinn, 415 663 0100, Email