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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (January 20, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671761897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671761899
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Curtis L. Wilbur on August 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is a mountain we all must climb. Some of us never see the mountain. Some of those that do see cannot make the climb. This is a very personal collection of stories of individual journeys - journeys that attempt to solidify the bond between the body and the mind. It is also a universal pattern, as we begin to see in "Vision Quest", that we who call ourselves "human", must find and connect with our personal mythos. Always different in its instantiation, always the same in its requirement. And always there.
This book is published by Fireside Books, a part of the Simon&Schuster empire. They are also the publisher of "Coyote Medicine", which I panned pretty heavily in a review last year for being unsubstantial and largely anecdotal in its evidences. "Vision Quest" is also anecdotal, which means that Foster and Little could have cut and paste, publishing those stories they saw fit to tell their side, and leave out the rest. However, there are two things that are quite different about their style which makes this book a smashing success. First, they held nothing back, so far as I can tell. Some of their customer's journeys weren't success stories at all. Some were clear failures, and some were still just hanging on to bare existence. Their message still came through. The second point is that these stories can only be told in this fashion. Science is not clearly in the picture here - skirting the edge. There's no way one can publish statistics on this topic, saying "of so many voyagers, x percent achieved total succees". No, this book is about mythology.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Byrne on September 7, 2000
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This book clearly speaks to people who increasingly find something missing - either through a tiny crack or glaring hole - in their life; perhaps direction, karma, a clearer sense of what this is all about, whatever you want to call it.
I only considered a vision quest a sci-fi novelty, something good for stories, not real life. This book changed that perception forever. The author describes the process and the results many people found as they went through thier own vision quest.
I plan on going on one in 2001 through a related organization. This book clearly communicated a possible solution to that 'missing something' many people feel these days.
The only minor criticism I have is that in my opinon, the authors poetic, mystic and self-agrandizing descriptions and metaphors go a little overboard - a little heavy-handed for my taste... perhaps that's only since I haven't been on a vision quest, I don't know. This in no way diminishes the clear and no-holes-barred message delivered straight and to the point for the majority of the book. Don't let this stop you - it's worth every penny and more...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Shaw on September 19, 2008
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I really liked this book. I keep having to re-buy it because I keep giving my copy away.

It wasn't too preachy or loaded with new-age hooey, and the different experiences related gave me good ideas for my own vision quests. I've done two in Colorado and one in Arizona at times in my life when I really needed to get into the wilderness and re-orient myself on what truly mattered and was important to my past, present, and future.

The book helped me articulate some of the most important questions to ask myself, and how to keep the experience meaningful but not cluttered to the point of distraction. Now I go out with sleeping bag, tarp, water purifier and bottles, journal, pens, whistle, lighter, map, compass, and a harmonica. That's it. My next VQ will be in Idaho.

I've guided others along the journey as well, and am getting ready to do so again soon. The rockpile method of communication described in the book is unbeatable in terms of allowing people to stay in touch and safe without treading on one another's private experiences. Be well, and be safe! Eat the view...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mouje on November 19, 2013
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The first-person accounts of each person's vision quest were very good, and enlightening. The author writes from the heart but gets very schlocky in parts. A little editing of the author's personal sections is in order.
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Steven Foster's Vision Quest book helped prepare me mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally for my VQ. It also helped me at least as much with my return to civilization so to speak or the incorporation phase. This is the part where you make sense of all your experiences during your VQ (if you needed more help to digest all that happened - which I did) and where you bring your vision and new ideas to life. I happened to read the first half of the book which prepared me for the journey and then waited until I returned to read the second half, which entailed some experiences of others' VQ and talked about the incorporation phase. This worked out perfectly for me, but probably anyway you feel like doing it would be helpful. The personal stories of the author and others are what make the book. Steven's style is poetic to say the least but you will not doubt his practicality. He grounds and prepares you for the reality of the wilderness (if you listen and follow his advice), while also taking you to soaring heights of vision and the depths of his heart.
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