Anne Rowthorn

Environmentalist, Writer, Retreat and Workshop Leader


Earth and All the Stars

Earth and All the StarsDrawn from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and the religions of indigenous people, Earth and All the Stars is an anthology to save the earth. Contributions range from the earliest recorded Hindu song (3000 B.C. E.) to the oldest known Celtic prayer to a contemporary poem written by a Nigerian teenager. Also represented are ancient Chinese poems, Native American chants, and incantations from indigenous peoples.

Earth and All the Stars includes prayers, litanies, songs, and meditations from the world’s great religious and cultural traditions. Such revered writers as Ralph Walso Emerson, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ernesto Cardenal, Theodore Roethke, Wendell Berry, and Gary Snyder are features. Works of children are included.

Drawing from every continent, Anne Rowthorn has created a truly global anthology for this new millennium and for the thousands of people turning their attention to preserving the earth, to celebrating diversity, and to building bonds between the world’s religions and cultures. This beautiful book has something for everyone.

An excerpt:

Come Down to the Singing River

“There is a true yearning to respond to the singing river and the wise rock,” as Mayo Angelou so eloquently reminded us in her poem, “On the Pulse of the Morning.” The singing river calls us to sit on her banks and to heed her call to wake up to the beauty of God’s creation, The stinking garbage piled six feet high on Tirana’s main street, the foul polluted air of midtown Manhattan, the clear-cutting of a Brazilian rain forest call us to repentance. The fresh green pastures of Ireland, the purple mountains of Wyoming, the waving Kansas wheat fields, the dove call at dawn the wind-song of a crisp March day summon us to a new day of love and gratitude, of care and healing for God’s creation. This is the time to wake up to the new day, the time to plant and the time to heal. This is the time to build up and to laugh and dance. This is the time to look into our brother’s eyes and see the vastness of the sea; the time to look on our sister’s heart and hear the pulsing rhythm of the universe, to stand in awe before Earth and all the stars…. So come Lovers of Earth, come down to the singing river where our Creator God is beckoning us to listen to the music of the heavens. Take off your shoes. Feel the rhythm of the universe beneath your feet.