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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Overview

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."

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Hiking Naked shows us the possibilities that appear if we take the risk.” — Margery Post Abbott, author of To Be Broken and Tender



"This memoir of 'seeking, not escaping' speaks to the hearts of those longing to be free from modern constraints—work, money, ambition, stress of all sorts—to find their bliss, wherever it might be. For Graville, in 1993, that means listening to the urgings of her heart and leaving her job as a public health nurse in Bellingham, WA, and moving her family to Stehekin, a remote village near North Cascades National Park. What resonates throughout is her deep connection to Quakerism; here a gentle, quiet spirituality that encourages places and periods of silence rather than imposing rigid external demands. As her husband and children agree to this experiment, over the two years, all come in their own way to say, 'I thought I knew about powerlessness,' only to find that the rigors of living life simply require letting go of much more than they ever could have imagined. Graville concludes that 'Far from feeling deprived, we found over and over again the riches of attending to what’s truly important.' VERDICT: Reading this expressive and beautifully written memoir is to experience one’s own quest toward self-discovery." — Library Journal, *Starred Review!

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Library Journal

10/15/2017
This memoir of "seeking, not escaping" speaks to the hearts of those longing to be free from modern constraints—work, money, ambition, stress of all sorts—to find their bliss, wherever it might be. For Graville (Hands at Work), in 1993, that means listening to the urgings of her heart and leaving her job as a public health nurse in Bellingham, WA, and moving her family to Stehekin, a remote village near North Cascades National Park. What resonates throughout is her deep connection to Quakerism; here a gentle, quiet spirituality that encourages places and periods of silence rather than imposing rigid external demands. As her husband and children agree to this experiment, over the two years, all come in their own way to say, "I thought I knew about powerlessness," only to find that the rigors of living life simply require letting go of much more than they ever could have imagined. Graville concludes that "Far from feeling deprived, we found over and over again the riches of attending to what's truly important." VERDICT Reading this expressive and beautifully written memoir is to experience one's own quest toward self-discovery.—SC

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938846847
Publisher: Homebound Publications
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 800,261
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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