An Honorable Harvest: Shakers and the Natural World
by Dr. Carl Benton Straub
A 166 page soft covered book on the story of how religious movements initiated in Europe became American through taking seriously the land. In the Shaker ways of looking at the world, there is a basic religious unity between what is going on in history – “in the course of human events” – and what is at work in nature. The essential Shaker response to the land and the varied communities of life entwined with the land – wild and domestic – is the translation through interpretation and labor of nature’s variables into patterns of meaning which reflect Shaker interest in religious community.
Shaker Press, 2009. Soft covered, 166 pages.