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Scott C. Hammond, PhD, is a Professor of Management in the Jon M. Hunstman School of Business at Utah State University. Accompanied by his golden retriever, he works with Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs supporting search and rescue teams in the western United States. Scott is the author of over thirty academic journal articles and book chapters and has appeared on numerous talk radio and television programs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475988710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475988710
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shelley Hoffmire on August 2, 2013
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What an interesting book on so many levels! I was hooked by the gripping real-life stories of people who had wandered off path and were lost, in some cases for days and weeks, in the wilderness. As memorable as these stories are, it is the insights into human nature, resilience, and the lessons learned from each story that I will remember -- lessons about one's inner compass and the mental maps that keep us lost or that can guide us home; recognizing useful information in the barrage of too much data; knowing that no one is lost alone (there is help out there); dealing with fear; and turning being lost into being found. This is a rare book that is both a gripping read and filled with useful, thought-provoking insights and valuable lessons.
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As part of a volunteer search-and-rescue team, Scott Hammond has been involved in numerous searches for people who have physically been lost in the backcountry or wilderness. He draws lessons from these experiences and applies them to anyone who is lost, whether in the wilderness or in life. I found the stories of those who were lost to be both gripping and moving. The lessons are thought provoking. I appreciated his willingness to share some experiences from his own family, including an occasion when he and friend became lost, and experiences involving his brother-in-law and daughter. At the end of the book is a gem of an essay about middle-aged, unemployed men (the lost) meeting every day at a bookstore. This apparently unexpected example of the lost came to his attention while he was at the bookstore writing the final chapter of the book.
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This book is fantastic! I could not put it down. It was a book that gave me insight as a college professor, as an EMT and as a mother of a small boy. I found so much that I could relate to personally in this book, but it is a book that many people should read as it helps us understand each other better. The idea of being lost is one that does not only apply to being stuck in the forest, but one could be lost in many different aspects of life. The personal stories were heartfelt and memorable. I appreciate that Scott shared his experiences and his perspectives through his writings. This is a must read for sure!
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Anyone & everyone can relate to being lost. Reading this book, learning about other people's experiences being physically lost, I came to realize the ways I've been lost in my own life, and how I found my way 'back' by finding new meaning in my life.
Read this book to better understand yourself and those around you. Everyone gets lost and everyone needs meaning in their life. Don't just survive, learn to thrive.
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Dr Hammond's book on the insights gained from participating in search and rescue operations and analyzing their outcomes is highly captivating. He is an excellent story-teller, illustrating the series of "lessons" by highlighting several unexpected, and a few troubling outcomes, and commenting on the geographic, physical, and spiritual journeys of various individuals, including himself, in a variety of circumstances. His candid, but compassionate, and often touching tellings never bog down in excess detail, but flow smoothly between narrative and commentary, and still put the reader right in the midst of real life dramas as if watching them unfold from a remote video feed.
The stories are memorable, and Dr. Hammond's conclusions add profound insights into the difficulties faced by anyone in "survival mode" struggling for a leg-up in life or with a moral imperative to reach out to others in trouble. This book is a "must read" for anyone in helping professions, doctors, psychologists, social workers, clergy, educators, ... The truths illustrated have a universal spiritual ring that sticks with you and motivates.
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By Fawn on November 25, 2013
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I appreciated the unique scope of this book. I bought it, hoping that it will be a gentle, firework-free way to reach a friend who doesn't allow many people "in" on many levels, and who certainly doesn't read self-help books. Hammond writes the book to tell the stories of various people who were lost in the wilderness and how their behavior played a role in helping them survive and be found or not survive. It's told in a compassionate way, not a blaming way, but it also narrates matter-of-factly how each individual's frame of mind, decisions, movements, resources, etc. contributed to the outcome. Then Hammond draws parallels between these wilderness situations and life situations in which people become metaphorically "lost" in their lives. I bought the book, hoping that the interesting wilderness stories will be enough to interest my friend and hold his attention while Hammond addresses the more self-helpish topics, which my friend needs. Overall, I would say the book is "pretty good." The details of people's lost situations and the parallels to being lost in life aren't quite as in-depth as I had hoped, so the book didn't quite penetrate as I had hoped, but the stories and the overall book are still useful. It kept me interested through the last page. I did appreciate that it's not an overly spiritual book with the message, "Just come back to Jesus." That wouldn't work for my friend. There is mention of spirituality and one's religious leaders, but it's minimal and those references are usually couched in context with other options, which probably keeps people like my friend from abandoning the book outright. The book does have a bit of a self-published feel, mostly because there are a number of typos and misspelled words (i.e., depravation vs.Read more ›
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