Author Carol Rottman, of Greenville, will be at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake, Rockford, on March 16, at 7 p.m., to talk about her new book, All Nature Sings: A Spiritual Journey of Place.
The book is a delightful and poignant narrative about a journey that everyone experiences on a daily basis, but may not fully appreciate. Set against the backdrop of Flat Iron Lake in Kent County, Carol’s daily habit of traversing the land became a spiritual pilgrimage through seasonal changes in the natural world.
Carol quickly draws the reader into the natural happenings of the prairieland acreage, which she and her husband, Fritz, have restored and preserved. The events from her yearlong “rain, snow or shine” daily walk from her house to her mailbox and the emotional journey that spans a lifetime are delicately and seamlessly woven together. This beautiful hardcover book, filled with colorful photographs of newly hatched baby killdeer, wildflowers and stunning seasonal scenery -is engrossing, conversational and spiritual.
Throughout the book, Carol shares personal poems and meaningful scripture quotes, along with segments titled Nature Watch, Sightings, Garden Watch and Environmental Notes, which include messages of sustainability, information about invasive species and fascinating accounts of animal behavior.
Carol and her husband share a passion to preserve their tall-grass prairie, encourage native wildflowers and record creation’s bounty with his photographs and her writings. She sees this book as an avenue for others to discover the natural wonders that surround them in their daily lives.