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Antidote to the pursuit of power and things,
This review is from: Broken: A Love Story - Horses, Humans, and Redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation (Hardcover)
So this privileged, educated white journalist from Colorado goes to Wyoming on a four day assignment to do an article about this Native American shaman, a quadriplegic who has a reputation for taming horses and curing people. That assignment could have produced a great story, but an even better one is told in this book - how her relationship with Stanford Addison changed her life completely.
How could an experienced professional journalist commit such a breach of professional objectivity and allow herself to become the center of the story? In partial answer, readers will learn about Stan's easy familiarity with the world of spirits - both good and malevolent. If you don't become a believer, you will at least find it easy to suspend disbelief. If you are familiar with twelve step programs you will recognize the author's qualities of honesty, openness, and willingness along with a healthy dose of humility.
In the closing chapter I found this quote which resonated with me: "One of the best things I'd developed around Stan was a place in my mind where things were neither confirmed nor denied but remained mysterious. I mean, really, so we really think we've got it all figured out? And what kind of eyes did I want to cast on the world? The eyes of someone who is okay with not knowing everything, or the eyes of a litigator, demanding a complete set of data every time the road changed directions?"
Those seeking spiritual relief from the pursuit of power and things will gain incite and inspiration from Lisa Jones' account of love and healing in a setting of political powerlessness and economic poverty.