From Bruce W. Thompson, Adjunct Faculty, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.
I am happy to announce that my wife Mary Reynolds Thompson’s latest book Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness is now available. Read on for a description, info on her upcoming book launch and to watch her spectacular video.
If you’re looking for a new kind of soul journey, this book provides the answer. Structured around Earth’s five great landscapes of deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands, Reclaiming the Wild Soul guides us to back to the place where we see our own true nature mirrored in all the fierce beauty and challenges of Earth herself. Weaving personal story with metaphors and explorations, it is simultaneously self-help and a courageous call to action. It is written for all those disillusioned with our hyper-paced, high-tech world, who decry what we are doing to the Earth, who feel the tug of their own wild souls longing for discovery and mystery — a new, yet ancient, way of being human.
Mary’s first book, Embrace Your Inner Wild, with photographer Don Moseman, was a finalist for best nature book of 2011. Reclaiming the Wild Soul is gaining even more attention:
David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous; Becoming Animal) writes how her “book works simple magic to bind our broken souls back into full-round rapport with the more-than-human terrain.”
Angeles Arrien (The Four Fold Way), writes “Reclaiming the Wild Soul leads us on a journey of exploration, though imagery, poetry, story and creative imagination, to connect back to the five archetypal landscapes in Nature, and reconnect to our own inherent Nature.”
Bill Plotkin (Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche) observes how “Woven with enchanting stories and wise counsel, Reclaiming the Wild Soul lavishly supports us, at this time of global crisis/opportunity, to return, emboldened, to Earth and to our own human wildness.”
Kathleen Adams (Director, Center for Journal Therapy and Editor, Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice) states, “With the urgency of Rachel Carson and the lyricism of Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Reynolds Thompson brings startling clarity to the myriad ways the earth’s archetypal landscapes mirror our own pain, struggles, resources and triumphs.”
Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods; The Nature Principle) notes that Reynolds Thompson “explores the ‘the breath of wildness,’ the reality of kinship that exists just beyond the reach of our senses. She has commenced what Thomas Berry called the Great Work of the 21st century: reconnecting to the rest of the natural world, for meaning. For soul.”
You can purchase a copy of Mary’s book here: http://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-Wild-Soul-Landscapes-Wholeness/dp/1940468140
You can watch her beautiful book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCS_oWVbIjI&list=UUGHMYLdn1488aOY8XgsDJmQ
You can attend Mary’s book launch at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more here: http://bookpassage.com/event/mary-reynolds-thompson-reclaiming-wild-soul
Please join with me to celebrate the launch of this special book and share this email with anyone else you think might be interested in learning more about Mary’s work and writings.