The Journey Audiobook Series

"mirror of our becoming" by elizabeth ayresFive audiobooks based on Mirror of Our Becoming: Meditations on Nature’s Beauty, Wisdom and Mystery by Elizabeth Ayres.

The reflections in Mirror of Our Becoming group themselves into five distinct themes: the passage of the seasons; the cycle of yearly holidays; cosmic interrelatedness; the uniquely Chesapeake features of Elizabeth Ayres’ homeland; and, an ineffable yet palpable experience of Divine Presence in Nature.

We cannot see our own faces. The ‘Journey’ series of audiobooks reveals who we are and what we can become, because the beauty, wisdom and mystery in which we dwell is the truth that dwells within us.

Each audiobook in the series provides:

  • 12 reflections from Mirror of Our Becoming: Meditations on Nature’s Beauty, Wisdom and Mystery, read by the author;
  • 65 minutes of aural inspiration that make the most mundane experiences shimmer with extraordinary promise;
  • A 10-page Listening Guide filled with questions, color photographs and author interviews.

These audiobooks make great companions to our online writing classes or to any retreat for writers.

Like the vibrant landscapes she writes about, Elizabeth Ayres’ language twists and dips, ripples and eddies, drawing us along as surely as the ocean currents. It’s a pleasure to plunge into each chapter, to be refreshed by insights and images that nurture the soul and that, indeed, invite us to wonder. — Mary Reynolds Thompson, author of Embrace Your Inner Wild and Reclaiming the Wild Soul

Audiobook One

A Journey through the Seasons
Discover fresh meaning and purpose for your own life’s passages in nature’s reassuring rhythms.

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Audiobook Two

Celebrating the Journey
Transform your yearly round of ho-hum holidays into the joyous occasions they’re meant to be.

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Audiobook Three

A Journey into the Cosmos
Develop a richer understanding of the new cosmology and your place in the universe story.

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Audiobook Four

A Journey into Chesapeake Bay Country
Be transported to Maryland’s tidewater region – and the hidden places in your own heart.

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Audiobook Five

A Journey into Divine Presence
Experience a deeper intimacy with the ineffable, sacred mystery at the heart of creation.

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Audiobook One: A Journey through the Seasons

“These exquisitely written reflections create space for all that is beautiful and true.”
—Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

invitation to wonder - a journey through the seasonsThe recurring sights and sounds that punctuate our days form a great wheel: spring, summer, autumn, winter, spring, summer, round and round. A selection of some of the book’s most popular reflections, this recording carriesyou from flowering through fruitfulness, from harvest through snowy silence. Listening, you will discover fresh meaning and purpose for your own life’s passages in nature’s reassuring rhythms. Uplifting and inspiring, this is one trip you won’t want to miss.

Contents: “Song Flows Forth;” “Equinox;” “Reconciling with April;” “Praising Green;” “The Zone;” “Berries, Blossoms, Bunting;” “A Slow and Gentle Easing;” “Joe’s Garden;” “Thanksgiving Hallelujah;” “Making Friends with Winter;” “Cardinals;” “Deciphering the Season”

MP3 Download: 65 minutes; 12 tracks plus Listening Guide; $10.00 (No returns unless product is defective.)

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Audiobook Two: Celebrating the Journey

“Elizabeth Ayres sees through a special lens. It reveals to her what others overlook.”
— Rick Boyd, editor, The Enterprise

invitation to wonder - celbrating the journeyThe festivals that recur each year are meant to enliven and inspire us, but sometimes – be honest! – they become chores. Transform your ho-hum holidays into heartfelt celebrations by tuning in to this life-affirming recording. You will be guided from New Year’s through July Fourth into Columbus Day; from Valentine’s Day to Halloween; from Easter and Passover through Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Travel one year with Elizabeth Ayres to reclaim all your years for wonder and joy.

Contents: “The Journey” (New Year’s Day); “Notes of a Native Daughter” (Martin Luther King Day); “Shadows” (Groundhog Day); “Everything Curves” (Valentine’s Day); “Passing By” (Easter/Passover); “Maytime Musings” (Mother’s Day); “Remembering the Future” (Memorial Day); “Butterfly Q & A” (Independence Day); “The Work We Do” (Labor Day); “Vigil” (Columbus Day); “Baking for the Holidays” (Halloween); “Reverie” (Thanksgiving Day); “Catching the Light” (Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa)

MP3 Download: 70 minutes; 13 tracks plus Listening Guide; $10.00 (No returns unless product is defective.)

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Audiobook Three: A Journey into the Cosmos

“Lovely. Shows amazing breadth of thought.”
—Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work and The Universe Story (with Brian Swimme)

invitation to wonder - a journey into the cosmosIf you believe we are the universe becoming conscious of itself; if you cherish the interdependence of life on earth in all its manifestations; if you believe our journey began 13.7 billion years ago in a glorious throb of energy and light, then this is your “must have” audio. Discover new images in science for reflection. Encounter new metaphors in nature for understanding. Deepen your appreciation for a story of cosmogenesis that is writing itself into your heart even now.

Contents: “Seedsong: An Elegy for Thomas Berry;” “What the Light Calls Forth;” “Ghost Ship;” “The Comfort of Green;” “The Pier;” “Knowing the Way by Water;” “Bones;” “Vigil;” “The Barn;” “In Praise of Surf;” “The Field;” “We Shall Be Changed;” “Blue Moon”

MP3 Download: 70 minutes; 13 tracks plus Listening Guide; $10.00 (No returns unless product is defective.)

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Audiobook Four: A Journey into Chesapeake Bay Country

“Everybody in Chesapeake Country hears the poetry of wind and water. Many aspire to translate it into human language. Elizabeth Ayres succeeds.”
—Sandra Olivetti Martin, Bay Weekly publisher and editor

invitation to wonder - a journey into chesapeake countryLike Thoreau’s Walden Pond or Dillard’s Tinker Creek, Ayres’ Chesapeake Country is both place and metaphor. Exploring this alluring region will bring you face to face with hidden places in your own heart. Herons and gulls, crabs and sea nettles, ghost ships and singing rocks ... even barnacles conspire to reveal to you those secret longings you hardly dare acknowledge, even to yourself. Or heave all that overboard and simply enjoy the ride! Either way, this is a listening experience you will cherish, whether you live near the Bay or far from it.

Contents: Bay Betrothal;” “Barnacles and Tides;” “Sea Nettles;” “Blue Crab Etude;” “The Gift;” “Fossils;” “The Bridge;” “Ghost Ship;” “The Moon of My Belonging;” “Keeper of the Light;” “A Different Kind of Wonderful;” “Rock Chorus”

MP3 Download: 65 minutes; 12 tracks plus Listening Guide; $10.00 (No returns unless product is defective.)

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Audiobook Five: A Journey into Divine Presence

“Elizabeth Ayres transforms ordinary perceptions into mystic beauty.”
—Beatrice Bruteau, author of Radical Optimism

invitation to wonder - a journey into the divine presenceThe glory of the natural world slakes our thirst for the living God. A singing bird, a field of flowers, the liquid tattoo of waves on sand – such wondrous moments are a direct pipeline to divine presence. Every numinous track on this hour-long recording will reveal to you a new aspect of nature’s beauty, wisdom and mystery. Opening to the holiness that lies at the source of all being, you will find yourself joyfully embracing that which opens to enfold you.

Contents: “Raindrops in the River;” “Naming a Place Called Spring;” “What the Light Calls Forth;” “Woodswalk;” “The Gathering;” “Mimosa Moment;” “The Barn;” “In Praise of Surf;” “Catching the Light;” “The Journey;” “We Shall Be Changed;” “Rock Chorus;” “Still Night, Twin Moons”

MP3 Download: 70 minutes; 13 tracks plus Listening Guide; $10.00 (No returns unless product is defective.)

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