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Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River Paperback – October 31, 2010
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"practices theology like a doctor practices CPR: not as secondhand theory but as a chest-cracking, lung-inflating, life-saving intervention.... It's what you've been wanting to read."--Adam Miller --Times and Seasons
"...nature writing at its best.... a call for his people to wake up and embrace the stewardship required of them. And it is some stunningly good reading.....Read this book. It will change you."--Steve Peck --By Common Consent
"extends... beyond a particular creed or geographic area to address broader issues related to habitation and brings into conversation... theology and place studies." --Paul Formisano, ISLE
"What a pleasing book. George Handley has calmly scripted a place-based masterwork.... again and again, the writing lifted me with its precise similes or its able flexing of metaphorical muscle." --Jeffrey McCarthy, Western American Literature.
"Wallace Stegner wrote: 'No place, not even a wild place, is a place until it has had that human attention that at its highest reach we call poetry.' In this fortunate pairing of place and poet, we learn about Utah’s Provo River—a paradox of wildness and extinction, pioneering and restoration. We learn that the river is embedded in community—Mormon community—a fact inseparable from the place. And we learn about the poet who attends to this river, a man who turns out to be an insightful scholar, an exuberant fly fisherman, a devout pilgrim, and an expansive guide as these home waters descend from the High Uintas through defining stories of family and identity, to pour down the Jordan River to the Great Salt Lake."—Stephen Trimble, author of Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America
"With his poetic writing, Home Waters…is an enjoyable read and is a must-have for any spectator of nature."—Utah Historical Quarterly
"BYU professor of humanities and comparative literature George B. Handley offers an invigorating draft of mountain waters for nature and gospel lovers.... You'll enjoy this masterful book, which is destined to become a classic in Latter-day Saints studies."—BYU Magazine
—Western American Literature
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Home Waters is an eloquent and densely thoughtful personal examination of self, family, the environment, community, history & genealogy; where spirituality & religion and literature are weaved throughout to show how all of these things are connected, coalescing into a collective guide to seeing and understanding the world more clearly, humbly, and charitably. For Handley, all these things are important and he uses all of them to help guide his thoughts on some of life's most deep and fundamental questions. This is a beautiful read, which I imagine will reveal even more insightful thoughts with a second and third reading.
A thoroughly enjoyable passage for me was the very specific LDS perspective he gives on how the LDS culture distinguishes itself from other cultures. When we more plainly understand who we are is when we are among those that hold different beliefs than our own. Similarly, when a person lives in a highly dense population with beliefs similar to his/her own, to recognize one's own uniqueness is harder to see. Handley uses this idea to show how the LDS population has become apathetic ecologically due to the knowledge of an impending restoration of the earth when Jesus Christ comes again. Handley argues that despite LDS doctrine to care for the "Eden" that the pioneers were given, they have turned their backs on the world prematurely by trusting "in his innocence and immortality" to save his/herself and the world.
The powerful stories drawn from history inspire all those that want to shape the future by educating the reader in the present. This is done in a way that will leave the reader both reverent for the ecology and the theology that this part of the world has cradled.
George Handley describes the Provo River with an intense mixture of history, personal experiences, philosophy, and religion. His love for the river is so intense that you can feel it almost ooze onto the pages of the book. When I started to read this book I was more than skeptical that I would enjoy it because I don't see eye to eye with most environmentalists. I appreciate nature and understand the importance of conservation, but I also live in a modern society where we commute to work and don't live in adobe huts. Regardless of my personal opinions and bias I really did enjoy reading this. George Handley opened my eyes a little bit to why he feels so strongly about the Provo River, and I'm fairly certain I contracted some of his enthusiasm.
If you're a native to Utah you will particularly enjoy the historical parts of this book, complete with accounts of searches for Spanish mines and fights between Native Americans and Mormon settlers. If you love the outdoors you will find George's detailed descriptions of the wilderness and rivers compelling and delightful. The familiar geography and locations will ring well with anyone who has lived in Provo or the surrounding area (as it did with me). I am glad that I read this book and had the chance to consider the opinions of one so enthralled with nature.
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Beautifully written, this book alternately rushes and meanders like the Provo River itself across seasons and terrain of family, nature, love, hardship, and life.Published 5 months ago by darren
A beautiful reflection on the elements that sustain us interwoven with personal musings on a religious life, family relationships, and seeking meaning. Read morePublished 18 months ago by RangerWill
A good book with BEAUTIFUL imagery and writing style analyzing our responsibilities towards and relationship with nature in a honest yet optimistic way.Published on February 8, 2013 by B. H. S.
This book inspires a greater respect for the world in which we live.
The author is generous with personal experiences and reflections that bring it to life.
I heard good things about Home Waters, but I will admit, I was a bit skeptical going in. I really do not like the outdoors. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Kirk Caudle
Reading this book was such a rewarding experience. Amazing that this author could write about the ecology of the Provo River environment, the beauty as well as his fears for these... Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Darrell Peck
Home Waters by George Handley was a well-written, thought-provoking work of creative non-fiction that I enjoyed very much. Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by Jessica Lee Jensen