Meditations of John Muir

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  • Captivating meditations & passages
  • Contemplate the majesty of nature
  • Pocket-sized to take on the trail


John Muir’s exuberance for nature was the touchstone for his commitment to the earth and all its creatures. As naturalist, writer, and activist, Muir shaped the spiritual and physical boundaries of some of our most treasured national parks.

In Meditations of John Muir, editor Chris Highland pairs 60 insightful Muir passages with quotes from other celebrated thinkers and spiritual texts. Take this pocket-size guide with you on the trail. Let Muir’s works enrich your experience as you ponder the wilderness from a river bank, mountain top, or relaxing in camp under the night stars.



Highland has juxtaposed long quotes from Muir's journals with short reflections drawn from sacred texts the world over. With its small size and attractive format, this book makes the perfect addition to every naturalist's knapsack.

–Publishers Weekly


There was no gift or treasure that I could buy that is comparable to the deeply moving passages and meditations in this book. All of the meditations/passages are truly captivating. The poetic quality of Muir is deeply stirring and created this sense of urgency for me to stop, appreciate, and humble myself to the complete and utter majesty of nature. This book is to be both consumed and savored for the magical and soul-stirring work of art it is. Absolutely breathtaking.

–Amazon Review


I LOVE this book! Have had my copy for many years and it is bookmarked, dog-eared, and underlined in various inks. Each time I read the passages, I find something new to contemplate. It is my personal bible. Thank you for compiling and issuing this gem.

–John Muir Fan Facebook Comment


About the Author

CHRIS HIGHLAND is the author of A Freethinker's Gospel (2018) as well as six natural meditation books beginning with Meditations of John Muir (2001); also Life After Faith (2010), My Address is a River (2010), the novel Jesus and John Muir (2010), Nature is Enough (2013) and other web-published works including poetry, essays and a children’s book.

He earned degrees in Philosophy and Religion from Seattle Pacific University and San Francisco Theological Seminary. A former minister and chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is now a freethinking humanist celebrant who teaches and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His long journey has taken him from schools to jails to the streets, and his adventure of the heart has led him from the Cascades to the Sierras to the Rockies, and to the Highlands of Scotland.

Chris writes the weekly "Highland Views" column for the Citizen-Times and blogs at



Publication: 9/15/2001

Pages: 146

Binding: Paperback

Dimensions: 4.5 x 7 x 7/16 in. (11.5 x 17.8 x 1.1 cm)

Weight: 5 oz (142 g)