Journey Man: A World Calling

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Journey Man is a gutsy, humorous and sometimes tragic odyssey that begins at an Israeli collective farm in 1974. Years later, it draws to a close on a Native American Reservation. The odyssey takes the reader into nine countries, on four continents, over a span of three decades. The author meets challenging surprises as a long distance hitchhiker, takes life-threatening risks when he drops into a revolution, transforms himself into a merchant seaman as a professional actor, comes face-to-face with death in a ...
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Overview

Journey Man is a gutsy, humorous and sometimes tragic odyssey that begins at an Israeli collective farm in 1974. Years later, it draws to a close on a Native American Reservation. The odyssey takes the reader into nine countries, on four continents, over a span of three decades. The author meets challenging surprises as a long distance hitchhiker, takes life-threatening risks when he drops into a revolution, transforms himself into a merchant seaman as a professional actor, comes face-to-face with death in a devastating earthquake and embraces spiritual awakenings as a participant in little-known indigenous rituals. Journey Man is a celebration of adventure and revelation, community and cooperation, faith and trust.
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In this extensive globetrotting memoir,Claassencharts the course of his explorations of a myriad of cultures while providing a host of colorfulanecdotes. This self-described "global village project" of an odyssey spans three decades' worth of travels in nine countries and the narrator's evolution throughout his pilgrimages and spiritual rebirths. "I owe my existence to the natural world that surrounds me!" he reminds us. "It is so obvious and yet so easy to forget." Not for the casual tourist,Claassenis drawn to challenging situations that involve incorporating himself into a tight-knit foreign community, surviving confrontations in conflict areas, or breaking down the barriers of a culture or language to effectively communicate and learn from the people. Ever conscious of the reader, he continuously provides background facts and texts to support the events of his episodes.Beginning his journey in an Israeli Kibbutz, he continues onto a cross-country hitchhiking trip from New York to Alaska, arriving in the midst of a revolution in Nicaragua, and surviving a deadly earthquake in El Salvador. The second part ofClaassen'santhology is devoted to various spiritual practices as he learns from such guides as the Mayan healers in Guatemala, the whirling dervishes of Turkey, and the Zen monks of Japan. Though at times his narratives include more factual detail than personal,Claassenwholeheartedly delves into cultures, and his collection of adventures will satisfy any reader interested in a spiritual retreat or a distinctive traveling experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615608488
  • Publisher: Cornel & Williams Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

William Claassen, a nomad raised in Kansas, has tread numreous paths over the years. From community organizing in the South and stage acting in the East to tree planting in the Northwest and development work abroad, the author continues to seek out new vistas. His wide range of interests, from politics and cultural diversity to comparative religions and the arts, has taken him to more than forty countries on five continents. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.
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