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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762779225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762779222
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Warren graduated Phi Beta Kappa in chemistry from the University of Georgia and pursued a career in music while working as a naturalist and educator for the Georgia Conservancy. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia's Conservation Educator of the Year. His articles on nature and survival skills have appeared in the North Georgia Journal, Georgia Backroads, and Blue Ridge Highlander. A U.S. national champion in whitewater canoeing and a winner of the World Championship Longbow Tournament, Warren founded and runs the Medicine Bow Wilderness School in the North Georgia mountains, where he lives.

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By Eloise Watkins on 3 April 2015
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Really interesting read.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A Place Of Peace In These Pages 19 July 2012
By B. Peters - Published on
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There's no other way to say it really - this book takes me to a mental space that simply feels good and right. There's something about Warren's approach that creates hope (or maybe recalls a long-buried primal memory) that true peace and connection is both our birth-right and birth-responsibility, claimed by letting go of the swirling madness that our modern world keeps demanding of us.

Initially the book appears to be about his struggle to rebuild a life after "losing everything" in a fire but by the end it's clear that bolt of lightening illuminated a path to a more fundamental freedom.

Having spent one of the most challenging weekends of my life in one of Mark's firemaking classes and joined him in some archery practice I can attest that he is the real deal. He's simply a walking encyclopedia of skills and lessons that, once probably common, are now so rare to find in one person. I'm very much looking forward to seeing more titles from him.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Mak Warren's gracious gift HERBERT B. BARKS 14 May 2012
By Herbert Barks - Published on
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Mark Warren has given us ,in this book, a gracious gift. Amid our texting , cell phone and addiction to screens that distract us from our humanity, here is a reminder of the existence of reverence.

For days, speaking to no one, living under the stars, in the sacred circle of a tipi Mark remembers into a place within each of us long forgotten, that place of wonder.

What is so haunting about this book is the dazzling beauty of ordinary moments. It is an invitation to step out of our door, our comfort, and let a friend teach us an old way that reminds us of the wordless wonder of childhood.

I have known and loved Mark Warren for years, watched him mesmerize children, paddled with him on rivers, released arrows with him into a forest, always surprised by the next adventure he uncovers. This book is just that, a new and wonderful journey under the hemlocks where Mark stops to remind us again" This is the real world" ...... Herbert B Barks
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Finding the soul of the forest 11 Jun. 2012
By Mike Grant - Published on
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If lightning struck your house, burning down your house, with your tools, piano and unfinished novel, leaving only you, the clothes on your back, a knife, a guitar and some field guides? The average person might go home to mom. Or crash on a friend's couch. But Mark Warren chose to fulfill a childhood dream: go build and live in a tipi.

Digging deep into his fascination with the woods, he makes a life for himself that most will only dream of. For about two years he makes his home out there. He experiences a simple life, with the profound joy of being connected to the natural world. And he experiences greater confidence at being able to meet his own needs.

He's married now. It's twenty years later, and he lives in a regular house. But the memory of this profound, focusing time lives on for him. "The land has shaped me, left its indelible mark. Every herb and tree and shrub is an old friend now," he writes. The gratitude that fills the book will resound through the reader's life for a long time afterwards.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Forget medical school; I'm moving to a tipi! 8 July 2013
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Mark Warren is a naturalist who taught outdoor skills, and so much more, to all ages.  He wanted to teach respect, appreciation and love for the outdoor world, animals and plants.  His work included elementary school programs as well as senior citizens and all ages in between.  Most of the book takes place in the forests of north Georgia in the U.S.

After completing his undergraduate work, Warren was accepted into medical school.  He called the school and said he wouldn't be showing up because he had changed his mind.  However he still had some scientific training which he took to the woods with him and that is one of the things that made the story fun for me.  Warren told the usual tale of becoming one with the world and running with the deer, but then gave some of scientific explanation for it, which I always think is fun.  For example when he talked about trees communicating with each other he talked about some research in that area.  He said that it had been found that when a tree was ill or was experiencing an infestation of insects for examples, the trees surrounding it responded by going into a self-defense mode.  Can't remember the details and have NO biology knowledge, but the trees pulled something in their leaves back into itself, the harder part of itself, making the tree less vulnerable.  So Warren gives some explanation for what used to be considered old wives tales or new age gobbledygook and I always love it when I come across that kind of info.

When Warren's rental home in the woods burnt down, he decided to try living in a tipi and did so for two years.  There is a lot of detail about building tipis and how they function that I found a little tiresome, and yet I had wondered about some of those things.  Smoke, for example, problems with rain and other things were explained and was interesting.

There is also information about the Cherokee and their relationship with the world and with the government.  I  spent yesterday afternoon in the Anasazi Center in Cortez, CO and just left feeling so sad.  It is a wonderful BLM museum, but I was just so struck by one particular photo that was described as being taken during the American Occupation.  Something about that terminology and the reality of it struck deeper.  The only place that made me more sad than that was Little Big Horn.

You can see there is a lot of variety in this book and it is a quick and interesting read.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Get Inspired 27 Dec. 2012
By Gabby - Published on
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I have enjoyed reading survival type of stories of late and this one is one of the most inspiring ones I have read. It isn't full of the "survival" as much as it's full of the connection to nature. It is a beautiful book on how we have become so disconnected from living as nature shows us. The one thing I really enjoyed is that it's an actual account and not a fiction. That gave me the hope that I can make those same connections.
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