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TREE SPIRITS: TALES AND ENCOUNTERS *Winner Silver Finalist Medal 2010 INDIE Book Awards* Flexibound – May 1, 2009
Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
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"I think of her as Heather "The Brave" Preston. The breadth of what Heather covers boggles my brain. by dipping into her own experiences "the wonders around us", and histories of diverse cultures, all in a conversational way, she leads readers to spiritual links between themselves and nature...research for the elegant coffee-table book took an eternity. "Time disappeared", she tells me, "in dusty old books, ancient texts, museums and libraries." She learned to be fastidious about "sounds and cadences" while practicing the art of storytelling. She meditated, focusing on Big Questions: Why are we here? What's life all about anyway? Along the way she sliced a major chunk of time...8 years, and battled the State of California in the Supreme Court, over unjust taxation of artists' royalties. She won. She's been artist, writer editor, copyright maven, production expert, legal whizz. business plan architect etc. "I've learned so much" says Heather "The Brave". "Especially how to multitask!" Woody Weingarten, journalist --Ross Valley Reporter, August 18 2010
To read this gorgeous, engaging book is to journey deep into human history, mythology and religion with the kindest and wisest of guides, discovering ancient wisdom about the unseen world around us, the healing power within Nature, and the spiritual bond that connects us to all living things. Heather Preston\'s exquisite illustrations are matched by her delightful writing style that is at times folksy and conversational, poetic and sensory, inspired and inspiring, and always inviting and reassuring to the reader/learner.
Trees play a central role in this book as they do in the quality of our lives, their spirits waiting to be called upon to heal, energize, protect â and yes, even love us. For Heather Preston, it is time to share \"the wonderful store of tree knowledge from cultures across the world\" because they still hold many hidden but enduring truths about the power and importance of trees to our health, well-being, and very survival. Drawing from a treasure trove of personal experiences, shared stories, careful research, and intuitive knowledge, the author-artist leads us into a realm of awareness that will forever change our view of the world and its invisible but nevertheless real dimensions.
Students of all ages and fields will find enough evidence from all these sources to recognize a compelling argument for the existence of spirit within all living organisms. They will come away with a deepened reverence for our beautiful planet Earth and its diversity of life forms, as well as a heightened sense of urgency to stop the mindless destruction of our natural environment at work today. --Sanna Randolph Thomas, Ed D
Tree Spirits is a masteful blend of inspired artwork and informative story telling. Using a cross-cultural approach, the book takes us on a marvelous journey through the legends of tree lore, calling to our remembrance a time when people spoke with trees and learned their secret wisdom. We smile at meeting the chocolate tree spirits of Mesoamerica, and marvel at the fierce independence of the madrone tree. The sheer beauty of the artwork adds even greater depth and dimension to our understanding of tree lore. Informative, entertaining, and uplifting, I recommend this book to anyone who feels a connection with nature or desires to learn more about the invisible realm of nature spirits. --Multisensory Humans: The Evolution of the Soul
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Top Customer Reviews
I had the good fortune of reading the book just prior to a camping trip in the redwoods and found that it enhanced that experience greatly. I saw lots more than just big trees! While it hasn't shaken me from my rationalist viewpoint, I must confess to having my horizons expanded a bit having read this book and am much more open to alternative viewpoints. There is magic in nature that this book puts into words in ways that I never could. But it's not just trips to the forest that've been enhanced by this book. My view of nature that I encounter in daily life is a bit keener and everything is just that much more interesting.
I would never have guessed it prior to reading this book, but I must confess to being open to more of the same. But, like the thought of going back to mass-produced ice cream after having experienced the really good stuff, I'm afraid the odds of finding another gem like this are pretty slim.
this book won a silver medal. Some people can only go into a forest or wooded lot and see dollar figures. Others see life. This book lets you experience that life.
in multidimensional world mythologies as seen through the eyes of a shaman, mystic, and
artist, Heather Preston. She is, indeed, a wordsmith of wonder.
This is a book for all ages, all seasons, in the wisdom tradition of Frazer's The Golden Bough,
and Graves' White Goddess. Five Stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
beautiful book - illustrations are so outstanding; amazing gift!Published 6 months ago by MJ Whitehouse
The art work in this book is magnificent! The description of these beautiful trees is like a meditation. This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves trees.Published 19 months ago by Shirley M. Fontenot
So beautiful and inspiring to reminds us of our roots. The stories and the visuals connect us to life's mystery and promise.Published on April 22, 2014 by penelope stefanie safranek
Great little stories and tales from all over the world! I love reading it over and over. I now have found my own tree for comfort and healing.Published on November 13, 2013 by Donna Bessinger
The artwork is so serene in color and subject matter! The stories are tales from many viewpoints that true or not, are engaging and beautiful.Published on March 25, 2013 by Maureen M Schweickert