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About the Author

Marlo Schalesky is the author of three books and a regular columnist for Power for Living. Over 400 of her articles have appeared in various Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Todayís Christian Woman, Decision, and Discipleship Journal.

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  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PL9QYY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Besides writing books that I hope you'll buy (!), I also run an engineering firm and have recently earned my Masters degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Originally, I was a research chemist (I got my bachelor's degree in chemistry at Stanford University in 1988), but I always knew I wanted to write. So, I'm grateful to be weaving stories that whisper of grace, of mystery, and of surprise. Find out more about me at or like my Facebook page at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christian Bookshelf on January 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
In 1911, the last Yahi Indian walks out of the woods and into civilization for the first time. Driven by starvation and loneliness, Wanasi expects to be killed; to go �down the river� to join his family.
Anthropologist, Thomas Morgan, is ecstatic to learn about the Indian�s existence. He will be the perfect addition to the Indian museum where he works. But Thomas is devastated when he arrives and finds out the Indian has been place in a jail cell where citizens come to gawk at him. Not knowing the Indian�s name, Thomas decides to call him Ishi. He gives Ishi white man clothes, and they head for the museum.
Allison Morgan, Thomas� wife, has spent hours setting up the museum so it�s perfect. Nothing is out of place; everything is carefully labeled and sorted by Indian tribe. She is devastated when Thomas and Ishi arrive and they discover the museum has been vandalized. Allison was abandoned as a young girl and the woman who raised her bred her to be the perfect woman, obeying all the tenets of propriety. Why is it is difficult to obey the rules around Ishi? And why will disobeying those rules be devastating to everyone?
In the midst of dreams, a tangle of hidden motives, insecurities, and well-kept secrets, will Allison be able to discover the truth? Will Ishi find friendship? Will Thomas be able to find out who is sabotaging the museum and Ishi and why?
ONLY THE WIND REMEMBERS starts out sad. At first, this reviewer didn�t think much of the book, but as the story progressed, the book became increasingly difficult to put down. The story line is impressive. Based on true events, the reader is instantly transported back to life at the early part of the twentieth century. The characters are very well developed and are easy to relate to, to feel their fears and insecurities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allison Martin on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
In the early 1900's the last surviving member of the Yahi tribe walked out of the woods into a town in California. All the other members of his tribe had either been killed or died, he was the only one left speaking his language. Yashi, as he was called, was taken under the wings of a small anthropological museum where he alternately was treated as a human being and as a living exhibit.
In Only the Wind Remembers, Marlo Schalesky takes this rather sad and unusual history and creates a poignant and uplifting fictional story. She describes the loss of connection between well-meaning people when they feel forced to live their lives according to rather restrictive rules of the late 1900's. In the end they are brought to the realization that through Jesus' sacrifice, God provides a richness of forgiveness and acceptance that can be life changing.
Although the characters are ensnared in rather sad situations, this is a gentle and soothing account. It is easy to become caught up with the stories of each individual and you will want to keep reading to find out what will happen to them. The image of the Ishi playing songs on his flute in the museum that no one else in the world will ever hear again is one that will linger with you a long time after the book is over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on March 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Everybody has a secret and nobody is talking. Yet, each of these secrets affects everybody else. Allison Morgan has never known her father but she does have a vague remembrance of her mother. Her clearest memory is of being abandoned near garbage cans in an alley. Allison's husband, Thomas, has his own secret life that revolves around a father he doesn't understand. Thomas' father, Pop, is a dedicated preacher who is determined to tell the Indian, Ishi, who walked out of the woods one day, about Christ even though neither understands the language of the other. To Pop it doesn't matter. He shoves the Bible in Ishi's face, waves his arms around and shouts about the Lord. Mrs. Whitson who is wealthy, arrogant and obnoxious, is into controlling everyone and every situation.
Risking disgrace and ostracism, Allison secretly learns Ishi's language and he begins telling her a long story that he heard from his now extinct people. He tells her he is compelled to tell her the story so that it won't die when he does but will live on as his people would want. As Ishi tells his story, Mrs. Whitson finds out Allison speaks Ishi's language and forbids her to talk with him again. After all, a decent white woman would not get that close to a savage. Thomas, who works for Mrs. Whitson, is forced to go along with her demands. Ishi becomes ill and is close to death. Will Allison and Thomas disobey Mrs. Whitson and let Ishi finish the story?
This is a story that can teach many lessons, especially with regard to making assumptions about people you don't know. Some of the secrets you can guess but it doesn't take away from the suspense of the story and the need to hurry to the end. It is a book that gives insight into the plight of Indians in America in 1911 as well the how subjugated women were.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By June L. Varnum on November 18, 2003
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An amazing story of one so-called uncivilized Indian and his influence on the lives of those who took him into their hearts and lives. The story is based on the true-life experiences of Ishi (man)-the sole survivor of the Yahi people.
Several years prior to WW1, Wanasi stumbled into the corral of a cattle slaughtering company in northern California and into the white man's modern civilization. Starving,covered only with a long shirt, expecting to die, Wanasi yearned with his whole heart to be with other people--even the Saldu( white men). Living on whatever nature provided,hiding always, without comfort of hot food, warm clothes, shelter, always in fear, Wanasi now faced whatever lay ahead. Would it be death?
Anthropologist Dr. Thomas Morgan becomes Wanasi's protector and teacer. But who is truly the teacher? Wanasi learns to live in San Francsco at the museum. He meets Pop, Mrs. Thomas Morgan, Dr. Kroeber and Willie. As Wanasi learns a little of the Saldu's custom's, their lives mesh in mysterious ways. How does Wanasi know the loneliness and fears in Allison Morgan's heart? Why does Wanasi need to tell Allison Morgan the story of the great Eagle?
Only the Wind Remembers is an unforgettable story of hope, love and a few dreams fulfilled. It is a story of one
"uncivilized" man caring about people and showing God's love to those around him.
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