Explore the walk that shaped John Muir’s views on life, nature, death, and faith:
Meet the author of
Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk
Sunday, April 28 in Jeffersonville
Jeffersonville, Indiana – Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light presents author and historian James B. Hunt speaking at First Presbyterian in Jeffersonville on Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 pm. Mr Hunt will be exploring his new book “Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867–68”
This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 222 Walnut Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana
About the Book
Restless Fires provides a detailed rendering of John Muir’s thousand-mile walk to the Gulf based on both manuscript and published accounts. Hunt particularly examines the development of Muir’s environmental thought as a young adult as he experienced delight in seeing nature anew after recovering from partial blindness due to a factory accident.
The legacy of this walk is found in Muir’s perceptive insights generated in part by his background and reading, and by his experience with the Southern environment and its people and plants during the walk. His journal gives evidence of a young man resolving what he wants to do with his life.
Muir comes to profound insights as to how human beings fit into nature. A walk in nature gives humans a sense of their limits, a lesson in humility. In Muir’s view, nature provides humans a moral touchstone when they recognize their small part in the “divine harmony.” Muir wrote that when he simply went out for a walk in nature, he was really “going in.” This book explores what Muir meant.
Of the work Publisher’s weekly said “Hunt’s recounting makes for some terrific and provocative reading. The book is hard to put down. . . .With this wisely informed telling of Muir’s formative years, James Hunt artfully fleshed out our understanding of Muir’s life and done all of us who care about the integrity of the more-than-human world an enormous favor”.
About the Author
James Hunt is professor emeritus of History at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and cofounder of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship. Hunt taught American, Latin American, and World history while at Whitworth. For twenty-five years, he provided faculty leadership to students traveling to Central America for Whitworth’s five months study/service program.This led to his compelling interest and writing on the impact of youthful travel on such American leaders as John Quincy Adams, Frederick Douglass, Jane Addams, and John Muir.
About the Sponsor
Founded in 2007, Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light (KIPL) is a state affiliate of the national Interfaith Power and Light initiative of the Regeneration Project. KIPL’s mission is to “protect God’s creation by mobilizing a religious response to global warming through conservation, efficiency and alternative energy.”
KIPL believes that through grassroots outreach, interfaith collaboration, and responsible action rooted in shared values, people of faith can lead our society toward a healthy and sustainable tomorrow. For more information 502-210-8920, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.kentuckyipl.