The Wild Within: Adventures in Nature and Animal Teachings


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by Paul Rezendes

Master Tracker Paul Rezendes has followed bobcat through impenetrable swamps, and howled with coyotes in a moonlit field. Here, he weaves vivid accounts of lessons learned in the wild with the story of his extraordinary life progression from gang member to Zen woodsman. Leaving his past behind, he sought a truer path–and learned about compassion from a curious 750-pound bull moose, and discovered the inseparability of life and death through a wrenching encounter between a coyote and a deer. These stories transport readers from the slopes of Maine’s Mount Katahdin to Cape Cod’s sun-drenched blueberry tangles to the brink of a fox’s forest lair. With this book, he shows us how to live in the natural world, moving soundlessly, watching where we put our feet, gauging the wind, and entering a new state of awareness. A dramatic, deeply spiritual book, The Wild Within is one of those rare books with the power to change the way we see ourselves–and make the natural world come alive.

Nonfiction, 256 pages, 6″ x 9″,
First published 1998, Reprinted edition published 2009
Softcover edition only