This morning during worship Linde Flanders read Douglas Wood’s Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth, after we sang his song, When The Big Trees Are Down.
Mr. Wood has been called Minnesota’s “renaissance man.” Author, artist, musician, naturalist, wilderness guide, he is the creator of 35 books for children and adults, with over two and a half million copies in print. His first book, Old Turtle, was hailed a “profound work” and an “instant classic.” Translated widely, it has received many honors. Other books are also award winners and N.Y. Times best sellers, including Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth and his humorous Can’t Do series.
Among Doug’s many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent’s Choice Award, Smithsonian Notable Book Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, Story Telling World Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education.
Douglas Wood has read his books, narrated, and performed at the White House, New York’s famed Lincoln Center, and many other extraordinary venues across the country.
As a professional musician and song-writer, Doug is a virtuoso performer on 12-string guitar, mandolin, and banjo. He often performs his original “EarthSongs” with his WildSpirit Band, which took 1st Runner-up at the MN. Bluegrass Association “Race for a Place” championship.
In his books and music, frequent speaking engagements, and far-flung wilderness expeditions, Douglas Wood continues to explore the relationship between the natural world and the human spirit. Doug lives with his family in a log cabin in the pines by the Mississippi River.
In Christ's Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love,