– A Guide to a Dream Worth Living
Letters to the River places the struggles and crises we currently face — personal, ecological, and spiritual — within the context of a mythic and heroic journey. In doing so, it forms a bridge between the left side and the right — the practical, daily life we can neither ignore or avoid, and the enchanted, shimmering world reported by sages and shamans throughout the millennia.
Letters to the River points the way to a path that’s deep and soulful. It speaks eloquently to our reason (the right side) about the issues we must explore and face to find that “dream worth living.” But it does not stop there. In the “Letters” themselves we hear the beckoning of the left side, the call of the soul within a more magical, alluring dream. And in so doing, we sense who we might become if this soul not only found its voice, but began to sing — loudly — its authentic, breath-taking song.
Sparrow Hart is a gifted storyteller. Dancing between the visible and invisible worlds, this book expands our perceptions, tells the truth of who we are, and shows us the beauty within our inner and outer landscapes.
“Inspiring us to live in harmony with nature and all of life, reading Letters to the River is like being on a vision quest. This book is a gem!”
In Letters to the River, Sparrow Hart addresses the challenges facing humanity in these perilous times. He describes the strategies and transformations needed to cope with whole-system change, using a provocative manner that employs word-play, poetry, and insights from shamanic wisdom, Jungian psychology, and a host of other creative sources.
“There are many fine books that confront the perils facing humankind in the 21st century, but none are as adroit in celebrating the “in-between spaces” where reason, emotion, and intuition produce a synthesis to help humanity continue its grand adventure.”
Letters to the River is an open-minded exploration of the unknown, an inspiring and fascinating meditation upon nature’s mysteries and magic. For a world struggling with overpopulation and ecological destruction, the instructions are practical and timely. They’re especially uplifting for those suffering the maladies of civilization — depression, anxiety, and disconnection. I recommend this book both to fellow seekers and to those who have yet to learn to seek.”
In Letters to the River, Sparrow Hart explores how to give birth to a personal and cultural story large enough to lead us into a healthier, more integrated world where humans and nature share one voice. He’s a poet listening to the muse of creation and the thrumming rhythms of the land, dipping into this fertile unified voice and transporting us to places of great beauty.”
This is a generous book and from the heart. Artfully interfacing science, mythology, spirituality, shamanism, and earth wisdom, Sparrow Hart listens to and reveals the profound guidance from nature that elders have been passing on for generations. In the easy-to-read fashion of a good story-teller, he reminds us that life is holy, and we all have purpose and work to do. And the good news is we can do it, successfully, if we respond to the wisdom — the summons and the invitation — this book places before us.
From the wild terrains of Mother Nature to the realms of sacred transformation, Sparrow Hart guides us on the quest for a new story… a new dream where the timeless voice of the sacred Earth whispers, “You belong.” The language is poetic and exquisite. Like the sunrise that illuminates the dark and blesses us with a new day, this book’s shadow and light reveals a landscape in which we recognize our own wholeness and intimate partnerships with life.
“Letters to the River is a fountain of wisdom, a gossamer thread of mystical content… a wellspring of natural beauty you can hold in your hands.”
… an exceptional and important book for anyone interested in a better world and a more fulfilling life. Sparrow is a sage, brilliant thinker and teacher, and a beautiful writer. There is so much to say about this book, but I’ll leave you with the brief thought … “This book is a real wake up call to start dreaming again”.
“Buy the book… Read it slowly… And pass it on.”
Sparrow Hart loves what is most wild in the natural world and in the deeper landscape of the human heart. He is a keeper of myth, dream, and story, and in this collection of essays he shares observations and reflections that open us to the interconnected mysteries and miracles of the wilderness.
“Gary Snyder writes that a shaman ‘speaks for wild animals, the spirits of plants, mountains, and watersheds… They sing through him.’ If a shaman is the healer who sings, then Sparrow Hart is a true shaman. Through these heart-opening essays we discover a profound listener to unspoken stories, a man of immense spirit, a singer with a wild and perceptive heart.”
I bought this book on the recommendation of Amazon and it is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I am a Shamanic practitioner and — for anyone who is interested in being connected with the cosmos and the formless — I strongly recommend this book. Definitely on my reading list for clients.