Richard Louv is the author of seven books, including Last Child in the Woods. He is the chairman of the Children & Nature Network, and has served as adviser to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Read his review of Becoming Animal:
David Abram is unique among interpreters of the wild voice within us. His first book, The Spell of the Sensuous, has become a touchstone for a needed shift in our thinking about the place of humans in the world. As the poet Gary Snyder remarked, that book helped map us back into the world. In his new book, Becoming Animal, Abram offers a startling new exploration of our entanglement with the rest of nature. This time, his focus is the intimate but sadly forgotten relationship between our bodies and the earth. By excavating the most ordinary and familiar of our experiences--the perception of shadow, the recognition of depth, the transience of mood--he re-opens for us the knowing that our bodies are intertwined with the flesh of the earth. I cannot imagine another book that so gently and so persuasively alters how we look at ourselves, and reminds us that sentience was never our private possession, that our very awareness is a means of participating in a more than human world. At no other time in Western history have we needed to listen to the wild voice within us, and to Dave Abram's, as much as we do today.
I guess the author has a point in there, somewhere - but if there is one, it's buried beneath layer after layer of sophomoric prose. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Stuart Bloom
Currently in the second chapter and really enjoying the book. The author is EXTREMELY poetic and descriptive in his writing style. Read morePublished 19 days ago by jwhitty
I have given away many, many copies of this book. Abram is a prophet for our times. His prose reads like poetry and is filled with insights that feed the mind and rejuvenate the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Kupferschmidt
Amazing book. It articulates so much that I had felt but never been able to communicate. I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of the daily grind.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The author uses words and word-images in a very appealing way. I might argue here and there with some of his philosophical underpinnings, but found his ideas and articulation of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas E. Sandidge
While reading this book, I thought several times, "This is the most important book I've read in a long time."Published 3 months ago by Barbara Knott
I thought it was more spiritual but its OK if you line that kind of prose. Ordered it on a recommendation from a man I didnt know.Published 5 months ago by Maurice K. Payne
This nonfiction work made me look on and experience the world in a different way. The author has a clear eye and open senses to our world, and helps readers live on earth more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leslie Moise, Author
Amazingly, this book by David Abram's surpasses his Spell Of The Sensuous, his previous work. It combines the personal story of his family's journey to where they are now,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lee DeGraw Jr.