Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance

Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance

by Iris Graville


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Knocked off her feet after twenty years in public health nursing, Iris Graville quit her job and convinced her husband and their thirteen-year-old twin son and daughter to move to Stehekin, a remote mountain village in Washington State's North Cascades. They sought adventure; she yearned for the quiet and respite of this community of eighty-five residents accessible only by boat, float plane, or hiking. Stehekin means "the way through," and Hiking Naked chronicles Graville's journey through questions about work and calling as well as how she coped with ordering groceries by mail, black bears outside her kitchen window, a forest fire that threatened the valley, and a flood that left her and her family stranded for three days. Ultimately, in the solitude bestowed by pines, firs, and mountain trails, she regained her spiritual footing and found her own "way through."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938846847
Publisher: Homebound Publications
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 801,427
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Iris Graville is the author of Hands at Work: Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands, recipient of numerous accolades including a Nautilus Gold Book Award, and BOUNTY: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community. She also serves as publisher of SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. Iris lives and writes on Lopez Island, Washington.

What People are Saying About This

author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritu Marcelle Martin

“We need more stories like this, that reveal how we all can be guided by holy wisdom from within, if we take the time to listen and have the courage to follow where it leads.”

Eileen Flanagan

“For anyone yearning to change the way they live and work, Hiking Naked offers one woman’s experience of following God’s guidance and her own deepest wisdom, even in the midst of uncertainty and loss.”

author of To Be Broken and Tender Margery Post Abbott

“Hiking Naked shows us the possibilities that appear if we take the risk.”

author of The Slow Farm Tarn Wilson

“Reading this tender, honest, down-to-earth memoir is like spending time with your wisest best friend.”

author of Wild Within Melissa Hart

“In candid, lyrical prose, Iris Graville offers a story of optimism in the midst of disillusionment. Her courageous spirit and unforgettable experiences may just inspire you to embark upon an adventure of your own.”

J. Brent Bill

“I am grateful for Iris Graville’s naked memoir—such revealing stories as herein contained provide light and hope—both much needed in a time such as ours.”

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