The Sword of Heaven: A Five Continent Odyssey to Save the Worldby Mikkel Aaland
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Any attempt at peace must be attended by a knowledge of self,” discovers writer and photographer Mikkel Aaland, who grew up with a bomb shelter for a bedroom, in terror of nuclear war. At the height of the Cold War, Aaland finds himself drawn into a mysterious Shinto priest’s plan to save the world. Traveling from Norway to the Philippines, Iceland to South Africa, he places pieces of a sacred Shinto sword in key power spots around the world. Along the way, he comes face to face with his deepest childhood fears of war and destruction, encounters the compelling and mysterious Shinto religion, struggles with the uncertainties of love, and learns to face life with an open heart.
The Sword of Heaven tells the extraordinary true story of a journey in which all boundaries are pushedgeographical, cultural, and personaland in which the healing of the world and the healing of one man appear to be inextricably linked.
Meet the Author
Mikkel Aaland is an award-winning photographer and author of 15 books including Sweat, County Fair Portraits, Sword of Heaven, Digital Photography and Photoshop Lighroom Adventure. He is currently finishing a book titled, A Year on a River in Norway. Aaland's documentary photographs have been exhibited in major institutions around the world, including the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, and the former Lenin Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. He and his wife and two daughters split their time between San Francisco and the family home in Telemark, Norway.
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