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Book Club: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohllenben

  • St. Andrew Episcopal Church 31 Park Avenue Grayslake, IL 60030 USA (map)


The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate

By Peter Wohlleben

""When I was in high school—the year JFK was shot—my history teacher told me that everything in the universe was random, with no intelligence or design.  If there were enough monkeys in a room, she said, one of them would eventually write the Declaration of Independence. 

My teacher’s theory is called Materialism, in other words, we are all alone in a godless universe.  How is that for good news ?!

Our next book is about seeing God in Nature, through the eyes of a botanist.  He wanted to understand how plants interacted with each other, not "prove" the existence of a Greater Power.  Yet, he was awed beyond his own beliefs by what he saw.

Trees that release pheromones when they are cut down.  Why else except to communicate with other members of their species?

On a more sinister side, buckthorn and black walnut trees produce chemicals that stunt the growth of nearby plants.  Did they just by chance  produce random chemicals until they came up with the best chemicals?

Have you noticed the Latin names of micro-organisms that are now in fertilizers, because trees need them in their roots to process the nutrients in the soil ?

No dry theology in this book." -Scott Brissey

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Earlier Event: April 21
Easter Sunday 9:00 am Service
Later Event: September 8
Homecoming Weekend 2019