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The Way of the River: Adventures and Meditations of a Woman Martial Artist Hardcover – Aug 2001

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Way of the River - Enlightening! 24 July 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Way of the River" is a compelling, beautifully written book that goes far beyond the subject of enlightenment through the study of martial arts. Ms. Loren has the uncanny ability to draw the reader completely into her autobiographical anecdotes, to the point that I absolutely shared her hopes, fears, triumphs and losses keenly. It is a page turner, and I learned a great deal from reading it.
Martial artists and students will benefit from her insightful perspective on life and perhaps confirm or renew the spirital and philisophical core of their chosen disciplines. Non-martial artists will be equally captured by her flawless prose, lovingly-crafted descriptions, and beatifully-paced chapters. Ms. Loren has a bright future as a writer, and she will definitely join Mark Salzman's company as an author who secures mainstream popularity outside the martial arts genre.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is a gift to share. 13 July 2001
By John Dziadecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book. I have not yet read this book. This is a book you will want to read and revisit and cherish.
BK Loren uses words like brushstrokes in painting intimate images quietly charged with feelings, emotions and insights gathered from a life well lived and grounded in the flow of the martial arts. Unpretentious, she directly shares what she has learned and experienced and seen and felt. Her essays -- meditations -- gradually unfold and grow on you with the resonance of life and clarity. They grow like flowers, well rooted in the earth and opening to reveal personal memories and lessons learned. The cumulative effect stays with you.
I don't know that my words do her book justice. At the very, very least this is a great read. But it goes beyond that. This book is a gift to share with others. Read it and you'll know why.
Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Writing that is Qi... 17 Jun 2001
By Susan Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an exciting and beautiful collection of essays that does the near-impossible: combine body and spirit into language that is so clear you are there, holding those poses with Loren. Many of the experiences here were scary--for where the body travels, yes, but also for where the mind and spirit go. This book expands, and so will you reading it. It's a book probably every woman should read, to feel strong, to feel elated, to feel alive. Oh, and every man should probably read it too, for all the same reasons. But for women--we don't have enough of these stories, honest in every way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Giving Hope to An Older Woman WIth Chronic Illness 2 Aug 2008
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Yep, that person above is me and I hate it. I hate the limitations my chronic illness puts on me and hate how I constantly have to adapt exercise programs for my different abilities each day. When a 5th degree black belt mentioned he was interested in working with me and had worked with people in similar situations--I was both scared and intrigued. What if I couldn't cut it! I had been in SO MANY gym classes where the high impact and intensity of the work out locked me out of the workout. This book gave me a new window to view body movement and encouraged me to try.
That alone is such a blessing. Because discouragement is our most potent enemy-- BK Loren delivers a stunning death blow to that block. Fell comfortable giving this book to anyone and make sure and keep a copy for yourself. Excuse me, I have a 4:30pm martial arts class I'm on my way too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A. Goldman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have spent many years sutdying various martial arts and I now teach yoga. I have read many fellow sojourner's stories but this book is hands down the best. It completely captures the richness and beauty of the mental and spiritual growth that comes of the study of the martial arts as well as being a downright fun book to read. It's warmth, sincerity and fantastic humor kept me completly captivated. I recommend this as the very best book of the past few years.
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