Monday, August 29, 2011

The Nature Principle: A Book Review

About The Book:

The immediacy of Richard Louv s message in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized an international movement to reconnect children with nature. 

Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv reaches even further with a powerful call to action for the rest of us. Our society, says Louv, has developed such an outsized faith in technology that we have yet to fully realize or even adequately study how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, 

Louv shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.

 As he says in his introduction, The Nature Principle is about the power of living in nature not with it, but in it. We are entering the most creative period in history. The twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world. Richard Louv makes a convincing case that through a nature-balanced existence driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions the human race can and will thrive.

 This timely, inspiring, and important work will give readers renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live.

About The Author:

Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of seven books about the connections between family, nature, and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has been translated into nine languages and published in thirteen countries. Louv is the chairman and cofounder of the Children and Nature Network ( and was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society, in 2008. Find him online at

My Review:

Just as Last Child in the Woods left us with the concept that we need to get our children back to nature in order to combat Nature-Deficiet Disorder (a term he coined), now Louv challenges adults to do the same with The Nature Principle.

Louv writes in such a manner that you are drawn in from the very first pages, and although this is a book that you need to take time reading, in order to absorb all the information, it is a very easy read. You will be challenged to "get back to nature" and be reminded that just as getting into nature is important for kids, it is for us too. Not only is it important for us physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually but also on a community basis. When the whole community works together to emphasize the importance of embracing nature and time spent in it, great things will happen! We all just have to let go of the technology that seems to have such a grasp on us, and give into the beauty of nature and let it refresh not only our own self, but our entire social network!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Nature Principle by Richard Louv at your favorite bookseller, from Thomas Allen

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas All and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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