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Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life's Complexities Hardcover – 30 Oct 2007

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Reprint edition (30 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576754693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576754696
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.5 x 21.7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,875,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Eileen McDargh is the oracle we seek on every mountaintop. If we are open to the adventure, she shows us every pebble, every sunrise, every hardship, and every breathless moment of joy we will encounter on our journey. You have in your hands a map to the rest of your life. What an amazing gift!"
--Bill Jensen, author of Simplicity and What Is Your Life's Work?

"You'll take a deep breath, appreciate the beauty of this journey called life, and find wisdom for business and home. What a joy this book is!"
--Joe Calloway, author of Becoming a Category of One, Indispensable, and Work Like You're Showing Off

"Simple and inspiring with lessons that ring true and often go unnoticed. It makes you pay attention to the process of life and take joy in the journey."
-- Dr. Eunice Parisi-Carew, coauthor of The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams

"This isn't your common self-help book, but rather a self-think book that looks beyond the surface of work/life issues and goes to the heart of what really matters."
--Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader

"Wonderfully profound .... It's as if Thoreau meets Lao Tzu on the trail and we are fortunate enough to overhear their wisdom on what the wilderness has to offer 21st century civilization."
-- Jeff Salz, PhD, explorer, adventurer, anthropologist, and author of The Way of Adventure

"Eileen has given us practical nuggets of wisdom about living life to its fullest. Gifts from the Mountain is psychologically sound, and it inspires both fresh insight and positive action. I'll be recommending this book to all my clients who want to keep climbing ever-higher."
--Beverly Smallwood, PhD, Psychologist and author of This Wasn't Supposed to Happen to Me!


Whether you are a world-weary worker juggling the demands of a hectic life or a seeker of soul-satisfying experiences, this deceptively simple, elegantly illustrated book is your key to refresh, renew, rethink, and recharge. During a backpacking trek, Eileen McDargh discovered that mountains have incredible wisdom to offer if one has eyes to see and ears to hear. Just as the ocean inspired Anne Morrow Lindbergh's classic "Gifts from the Sea", so too can a mountain become a lyrical metaphor for coping with life's complexities. Whether musing on wild onions or mosquitoes, river crossings or thunderbolts, Eileen shares lessons for understanding the mundane and the magnificent, the difficult and the delightful, the ordinary and the extraordinary. Each two-page spread features a watercolor painting illuminating these concise, graceful reflections. Gifts from the Mountain helps us pay attention to the process of life and to take joy in the journey.

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