Snow Rising

Snow Rising

by Matt Baldwin
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Snow Rising by Matt Baldwin

Change can happen in your life as quickly as you'll believe it.

Jason Snow has lived his life making choices that he believed would bring him happiness. Ironically, he acted in ways that got him the exact opposite of what he wanted. Now, his relationship with his wife is hanging by a thread, he is miserable at work, and worst of all, he feels disgusted at the thought that his kids are suffering because of choices he's made. Is there a way out?

Although this book follows Jason Snow on a life-changing quest beginning at the base of Mt. Hood, Snow Rising is not a novel. It's an invitation to take a personal journey. Author Matthew Baldwin says, "I invite you to join Jason Snow, and leave you with two questions: one, can you be an advocate for the changes you desire to see in yourself and in the world around you; and two, do you have the audacity to find out?"

Snow Rising can put individuals back together, revitalize marriages and families, and help recover fractured organizations. It shares four axioms, absolute truths, that are at the root of all happiness. But as the author says, "Then again, perhaps the answer is not in the answer, but in the journey to the answer."

Take the journey. Make the change. Know the peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606416587
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 07/21/2010
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 9.32(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Matt Baldwin has taught the principles in Snow Rising to a variety of groups ranging from high school students to leaders at Nike. He balances his own work as a corporate executive with a passion for writing, teaching, family and friends, and the outdoors. Having spent most of his life in Portland, Oregon, he now lives and writes from Utah's Wasatch Mountains. He and his wife of thirty years, Val, have two children.

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Snow Rising 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Tracey60 More than 1 year ago
Once in a while you find a book that takes your breath away. Snow Rising did that for me. It took me until chapter 18 to get it. Before chapter 18, it was a great read, a powerful story. I found myself alternately laughing and crying. Before chapter 18, I got chills at certain powerful moments in the book. But once I read chapter 18, I could see it with my own eyes. I could see and feel it for myself. Matt Baldwin brings powerful truths forward and grips you right in the heart. You will want to live differently when you are done with this book. I do. I am moved and changed by it.
Chalis More than 1 year ago
Snow Rising isn't for the person who just wants distraction entertainment. It isn't for the shallow or the cynical. Snow Rising is for the person who is curious about life and what it's all for--the basically good person who knows there's more joy to be had in the basics of life. I love to dig into ideas and possibilities. I want new perspectives to mull around. I want words on a page that jump out to me and look me in the eyes and say with a grin, "Just try to ignore me!" Snow Rising is a deceptively easy read. The story is engaging, making it hard to get other stuff done, like eating and going to work. But the ideas offered, planted themselves in the corners of my brain, waiving brightly colored flags for my attention. Could I really be creating the kind of relationships I don't really want? Or more importantly, could one simple principle I had never thought of before open the door to transforming pain into peace? Life is complex and hard. I guess I had not realized before I read this book just how much I'm the one supporting that reality. Maybe there's another way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
iamareadernotawriter More than 1 year ago
Snow Rising by Matt Baldwin is a self-help book in story format. The author uses a fictional story to teach life changing truths. This was not a fast read for me. In fact it took me nearly a month to get through it. I could only digest a couple chapters a night until I reached the last 100 pages. Then I didn't want to put the book down. Snow Rising is a book worth taking the time to read. I could relate to the problems facing the different characters in this book and enjoyed the way the author used a story format to teach life changing principles. I could share tons of amazing quotes from the book but I'll just share two: "Human behavior is an avalanche, subject to the same sequence that governs all of nature. We choose what we believe, and we choose our actions. Everything else is a consequence. Life is a sequence that begins in choice and ends in consequence." "Life is about the small things...Do the small things... It means that when you come to the end of your life and look back, a slow walk with your daughter will mean more than your account balance. It means that flowers and a note for your wife for no particular occasion, only because you adore her, will mean more than diamonds on an anniversary. It means that showing gratitude to a friend for absolutely no specific reason will have more impact than picking up a lifetime of dinner checks." I'm looking forward to the sequel that will be released in 2011. Content: A clean, motivating read Rating: 5 Stars - This was a hard book to rate but ultimately I couldn't give it less than 5 stars. I could put it down and walk away, in fact it was a book I had to put down because I could only digest a chapter or two a night. It was also a book that got me thinking and kept me thinking when I put it down. It's well written and full of truth and I would recommend it to anyone looking to make changes in their life and in their relationships with others.
Talls-Toy More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book thinking to find a novel wrapped around a nugget or two of wisdom. I took it with me on a business trip to Phoenix and never put it down the whole time. The author has a way of telling a fictional novel about other people yet I continually found myself and attributes (both good and bad) woven in the storyline. I did not just find a nugget...I found a whole new way of thinking about some of my relationships and approaches to life. You can tell this author is really trying to convey some meaningful lessons and that there is no pride or ego in this book. Mr. Baldwin is a very good author but an amazing thinker and has a distinct ability to distill down some very complex lessons and ideas into a digestible format. I loved the read, I highly recommend it, I especially liked that I was a better person having read this book.
kingd702 More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. It profoundly teaches us how personal and professional development are profoundly intertwined. Snow Rising is now officially on my "must read" recommendation list. Read it! It will help you change your life!
Accomplice More than 1 year ago
I settled for three-star rating of this book as I think that best describes the book - and its intentions - as a whole. Author Matt Baldwin undoubtedly had good intentions writing this ... but I think the final product falls short. Baldwin notes that the principles outlined for "personal enlightenment" in this book are nothing new, but are worth noting. They are simple, easily grasped, and sensible. Most of Baldwin's presentation is fairly uncomplicated, rational, and devoid of religious doctrine (a success in itself). And the cohesive summary in the last several pages of text is worth the read. Getting there, however, is a long slog through 300 tepid pages. Trying to combine a fictional storyline with a non-fictional self-help theme proved difficult. The characters are flat, their dialog stilted and unrealistic. They feel false, which detracts a great deal from the potential of the book and its message. There is also an unfortunate "preachy" tone to much of it, not in a condescending manner but in a sort of closeted-Christian way where I continually expected a minister to storm the page and break into church hymns and Bible verses. Like Max Lucado was looking over Baldwin's shoulder as he wrote. Baldwin steers clear of entangling dogmas - for which he should be applauded - but that tone nagged at me all the way. And though it's low on the list, I must also admit that some of the language and grammar annoyed me, mostly because it was repetitious and or rang false. Altogether, this is a decent book, but it never quite manages to deliver. The prologue - and even epilogue - are full of promise, and I found them much more accessible than the rest of the book. In the end, I think Baldwin would have been more successful in his communication without the pseudo-novel format, which never fully developed and proved more distracting than illuminating.