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The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage: Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow Hardcover – January 28, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated (January 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781604078787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604078787
  • ASIN: 1604078782
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read this book and you will come away with a good feeling.
Roger Gilbert
These lessons are profound and life changing for anyone open to their wisdom.
Beth DeRoos
Joseph M. Marshall III is a gifted writer and story teller.
J. Rubino

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger Gilbert on February 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me say it's an honor to be the first to review this book. Whenever you pick up A book by Joseph Marshall III you can be sure of one thing, it's hard to put down. In this work, and in the tradition of the story teller Joseph uses a bow and arrow as a strong metaphor to anchor you into the qualities of those elders who have knowledge and wisdom. He skillfully weaves everything together into a unified whole. The process of making and using the bow and arrow in the Lakota tradition is likened to fine attributes like purpose, resilience, courage, simplicity etc. He also uses traditional stories passed down from his culture to drive a point home, much like an arrow hitting it's intended mark. I would say this book is a dose of good medicine. The stories are heart warming and meaningful, as are his recollections. Like the influence of being raised by his Grandmother and Grandfather. I particularly identify with his writings because of my background as a tracker and have much the same purpose in life as my fellow author. Not to many people are able to nail down the feeling and traditions of their native culture the way he does. It has the ring of authenticity coupled with that true feeling that comes from the heart. I was also impressed by his balanced perspective of the "toys" of technology in comparison to the simple pleasures of the past. This is the kind of book you settle in with at night so that you can have good thoughts before you dose off. Of course anytime is a good time to read his words of wisdom. Read this book and you will come away with a good feeling. Thanks Joseph.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daring Di VINE VOICE on February 23, 2012
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Last year I read The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall, which is a wonderful collection of folklore, each story having a moral, as in the stories in Aesop's Fables. It sits proudly on my keeper shelf and is well worn from constant use.

Now, from the same author, we get another bequest of wisdom in The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage.

It's always nice to look at cultures not your own and take the gifts of insight that are offered. In this case, as in the previous book, there are lessons taught, but the theme is not varied as the bow is the key to each experience. But the focus is the same: courage and honor, discipline and self-sacrifice.

No matter the belief system, traditions or the way of life, each society has much to offer in rich, vibrant tales of wisdom. This book offers such a contribution.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for ways to improve the quality of life, outlook and self-esteem, and those raising small children can benefit as well from the teachings in this book.

Highly Recommended!
Diane Davis White
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Rubino VINE VOICE on December 23, 2012
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Unlike so many of the self development non fiction titles I have read in the last few years;
with their bullet points and numbered rules. What a great change of pace and enjoyable writing.

Joseph M. Marshall III is a gifted writer and story teller. In this wonderful ind insightful book,
Marshall, a traditional elder of the Lakota tribe of Native American lineage, brings to us a collection
of stories and experiences to show and teach values and insights for living a more meaningful life.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P. Troyer VINE VOICE on March 2, 2012
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The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage is autobiographical, philosophical and an observation of the times we live in comparison to the times of Marshall's youth. Joseph Marshall grew up on the Rosebud Reservation primarily with his grandparents. Having received his first bow, which was made by his grandfather, and practicing archery his whole life, he has used the art of making and using a traditional bow and arrows as a metaphor for life in general. Marshall discuses the subjects of Transformation, Simplicity, Purpose, Strength and Resiliency. He includes stories and a description of these ideas in his usual interesting and insightful way. He has always surprised me with his insights of well known historical events and the people involved in them. Having read most of what Joseph Marshall has written, I am always happy to be able to read more of "his stories", some are from Native Tradition, and to think about his perspective on the white versus native history. His stories are always a joy to read. He is a truly gifted writer and I find his books hard to put down. I noticed two differences between this book and many of his others. Now at age 65 his reflections on his life seems to have a bit of sadness. Perhaps not seeing the changes he had hoped for in the world... You might see this differently. Also, this book though written for a general native/non-native audience seems more directed toward the native community. This by no means diminishes its content for the non-native reader. As with all Joseph Marshall III books, I highly recommend The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller VINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
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One thing that seems to have been lost on our society is the fantastic knowledge that the Native Americans of this country have. Their connection and understanding they have with the earth and nature is without parallel. I can understand the reluctance of many elders to share much of this knowledge to us outsiders. We have so much to learn from their beliefs and way of life.
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