Joseph Jastrab, Sacred Manhood - Sacred Earth: A Vision Quest into the Wilderness of a Manís Heart. (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1994)
Several months ago we featured an interview with Joseph Jastrab, the man who had the Vision Quest that gave birth to Wingspan magazine, for years the national voice of the mythopoetic menís movement. His new book is brilliant and powerful. In describing one of his typical menís Vision Quest retreat, Joseph manages to capture what menís inner work is all about. It will be one of the most powerful books about menís inner work in this decade.
The instant popularity of Iron John testifies to the hunger, the emptiness, that men feel in their souls. In this moving, utterly captivating, soulful - even poetic - narrative Joseph takes you to the depths of this hunger, this emptiness. Many men have lost connection with deep inner spirituality and with nature. Joseph reconnects us with both. He awakens men to the wisdom of a manís heart.
As he takes you on a Quest journey into the wilderness with a group of men, you journey into these menís hearts and souls. You share their inner thoughts and inner fears. You share their healing. On this journey, he artfully weaves in the wisdom of Joseph Campbell, Rilke, Kabir, D.H. Lawrence, Gary Snyder and other sages into his narrative.
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