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In a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his 50-year campaign on behalf of American lands and communities.

The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home.

With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy - the natural world will not allow it.

Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.

©2018 Wendell Berry (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • David M.
  • 2020-06-15

Vital. Timely. Timeless.

Cannot recommend this highly enough. Relevant, piercing wisdom emanating from carefully observed lived experience. More important now than ever before. A revelation.

Nick Offerman is perfect.

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  • Jared Kerst
  • 2020-09-30

Amazing collection

Spanning decades of experience and remarkable depth of intellect these essays are and American treasure. A farmer philosopher for the ages.

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  • Steve Tanksley
  • 2020-08-06

Highly recommend

This is a great collection of writings of Wendell Berry. Very thoughtful ideas on agriculture, community, and the environment. Nick Offerman’s calm and sagelike narration added to the listening quality of this audiobook.

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  • Nate
  • 2020-07-22

Book-Read it-Change Your Life

truly a great and power full book. It should probably should not be the first book on you path, it should be midway on your journey. When you're looking for a turning point in you life.

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  • Chris
  • 2021-04-19

Outstanding.

Wendell Berry has been referenced in a number of books I’ve been privileged to read over the last couple years. This was my first introduction to his writings, and, if not also deeply humbling, it was richly rewarding. As a Christian wrestling with what I will simply call our modern dilemma, I could have wished for a little more Christ centered biblical theology, but after finishing it I can only say that i was deeply humbled, deeply troubled and immensely grateful for its content and presentation (Nick Offerman!) Despite the inestimable damage of industrialization,, and our creational obligation to steward and hence in light of the risen Christ to redeem what God has entrusted to us, Christ remains on his throne and so in this regard we have great reason to be both hopeful and participatory. May God help all of us to look for and cultivate some small beginnings.

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  • KK
  • 2021-03-05

How have I never Mr. Berry??

Brilliant beautiful poetic writing, and more timely than ever. The perfectl recording madw all the more enjoyable by Nick Offerman.