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“His stories reveal many practical, often small, ways that systemic change can be fostered through our social and individual relationships. Here there are rays of hope for restoring our broken world.”
Dr. Mark Rutledge, Campus Minister at Duke University (Retired)

“I read it last Sunday. Well done you! Trying to make this world better through reasoned discourse. (Yes, I will review on Amazon).”

“I liked the essays there and am in agreement with most of what’s said—I am a free thinker after all!”

“Usually when I read a book I’ll pass it along and never see it again. “Broken Bridges” is one that I will add to my small library of books that I keep. They all have special meaning to me, but “Broken Bridges” touches my very soul.” 

“Most uplifting and informative and thought provoking.”

“Broken Bridges is excellent writing and excellent thinking, in my opinion. I read it a second time in small sections, to contemplate them more fully, as a good way to start my mornings.”

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A Freethinker’s Gospel

“I’m really enjoying your book and am finding myself very much at home within it.”

“You are making a considerable contribution by the publication of this book, and you are encouraging all of us to taste from the menu of faith tradition in order to celebrate diversity and to dive deeper into spiritual exploration. I hope that this collection of your articles will reach far beyond these hills!”

“Lately, I’ve heard increasing numbers of people say that, when they go into nature, they feel like they are at church. This collection of essays from Asheville Citizen-Times columnist Chris Highland might be their hymnal. A Freethinker’s Gospel is a book for those who find meaning under tree canopies as easily as in cathedrals.”

“More of these kinds of books are needed. In my humble opinion, many atheists and freethinkers spend far too much effort attacking religion and believers.”

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Chris Highland’s First Book is still popular!

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Meditations of John Muir, over 50,000 copies sold

(16th printing in 2020)

Amazon Review: “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.”

John Muir Fans FB comment: “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.”

Goodreads Reviewer: “Beautiful to read and to flip through. Great language and really puts you in his shoes. Thoughtful but not heavy. Good for people loving nature or those who have a bit of a spiritual side. Or both, I would recommend!!”

Publishers’ Weekly:  “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.”

Published Works by Chris Highland

(order through your favorite book source)


Broken Bridges:

Building Community in a World Divided by Beliefs (2020)

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A Freethinker’s Gospel:

Essays for a Sacred Secular World (2018)

Nature Meditations Series:

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Meditations of John Muir:  

Nature’s Temple  (2001)

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Meditations of Henry David Thoreau:  

A Light in the Woods  (2002)

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Meditations of Ralph Waldo Emerson:  

Into the Green Future  (2004)

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Meditations of Walt Whitman:  

Earth, My Likeness  (2004)

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Meditations of Margaret Fuller:  

The Inner Stream  (2007)

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Meditations of John Burroughs:  

Nature is Home  (2007)

Chaplain Stories

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My Address is a River (2010)


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Jesus and John Muir (2010)

Story of My Faith Journey

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Life After Faith (2010)


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Edge of the Falls (2009)

Children’s Book

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The Greatest Tree of All (2011)


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Nature is Enough (2013)

(available only on iBooks for Free)

I am happy to report that following my wonderful visit to Concord, Massachusetts, the Shop at Walden Pond now carries all six books in the “nature meditations” series

On the Shelf in Muir Woods

Muir, Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman in the bookshop at Muir Woods National Monument (presented by Chris’ daughter Sharel)

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13 Thoughts

  1. Let me introduce you to a book you should read: “Swift Currents” by David Grim. It is about history/fiction in the Lowcountry. Great book with wonderful insight into the history of that part of the country.

  2. Chris,

    Always enjoy your articles. Could you recommend a book on comparative religions. I want to learn the basic teachings of the major world religions.
    I was raised Christian and my daughter leans Budist.
    I spent 29 years in the Army and met many great chaplains.

    Bill Van Horn
    Franklin, NC

    1. Good question that I wish more would ask, Bill!

      For the basics on World Religions, I’ve always leaned on Huston Smith (for example:

      A former colleague of mine, Philip Novak, has a good collection of sacred writings:

      I encourage students or seekers to read the Source Texts of each Religion, maybe starting with the Tao Te Ching (Taoism), Dhammapada (Buddhism) and the Qur’an (Islam).

      Wisdom is wisdom wherever it may be found!

      Enjoy the adventure, Chris

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