"A deeply moving remembrance ... of the privations and delights of growing up in rural northern New Mexico." -The Albuquerque Journal
"Get saddled up and ready for the best fire-side book of the season." -Shakti Yogi Journal
"A profound memoir, eloquently and extravagantly told." -Edward Khmara, Emmy-Nominated Writer, Actor, and Producer
Out of the counterculture movement of the sixties arises a true story about risking it all for true freedom.
Folk singer Jerry Gallaway and ex-ballet dancer Reva Lynn Gallaway leave behind a life of opportunity and fame to raise a family in the woods of northern New Mexico. For six children born in the wild with no birth certificates, no worldly identity, only the song of nature printed on them at birth, the woods became a place of learning and a place of refuge, until tragedy uprooted their foundation, leaving the youngsters split between two worlds. When forced to choose for themselves, would they live in nature with their parents, or seek a new life in society?
Chloe Rachel Gallaway is the soulful child, bringing us the healing power of the wild through her photographic memories, authentic voice, and a tale of modern-day warriors and free thinkers carrying in their hearts an essential message about the priceless gifts of Mother Nature, her cycles of life and loss, and the transformative power of forgiveness.
What fellow authors and writers are saying:
"Gallaway, the author, the woman, the writing coach, is a fine example of what it means to draw from the past and build bridges into the future. From a very unique start in life, the author takes us through the many ups and downs of life in the wilderness ... siblings, parents, relatives, the outside world, lifestyle and challenges. If you love a book based on experience and reflection, you'll definitely want to read The Soulful Child." -D.A Hickman, Author, The Silence Of Morning
"Thoreau said, 'Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?' Chloe's memoir gifts that miracle to readers. ... We see the tethers of family ties strained to the breaking point by the passionate will of a headstrong father whose way of life was inspired by Emerson and Thoreau and who later lived by the words of the Bible." -Emily Rodavich, Author Mystical Interludes: An Ordinary Person's Extraordinary Experiences
"[Chloe] is a gifted storyteller with the ability to captivate all the senses. ... We feel her connection to the earth, to the animals, and to her family. We join her in wanting to make new connections with others. We experience her struggle through tragedy and the unknown. Then we triumph as she connects with herself." -Yvonne Williams Casaus, Author, A Drop of Water: A Spiritual Journey
"A profound and unique story of a wild-child in the backcountry, coping and thriving amidst the challenges of nature and family, trying to find her place in life. [Chloe] opens her soul for us, and while we are brought into her unconventional world, our own heart cracks open and we understand more about ourselves. This is a book that explores many of the questions that make us human and leaves us drifting back to images of nature, animals and an innocent heart. ... This is a memoir written with love and honesty that will stay with you as you travel your own path, seeking a life worth living." -Joy Silha, Business Writer, Lifestyle Writer, and Researcher
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About the Author
As a mentor and facilitator of the writing process, Chloe is unlike anyone in the industry. She combines her experience of growing up in the wilderness with her training in mindfulness tools and literary writing techniques to deliver a powerful process of self-transformation and empowerment through writing. She helps her people move from fear to courage, and from doubt to confidence, in mastering the dance between craft and intuition. For detailed information about her programs and retreats, visit ChloeRachelGallaway.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found a long-buried, treasured part of myself through reading this book. Exquisite, sensory descriptions of the natural landscape and characters bring the narrative to life and make it almost impossible to put it down. The author's way with the written word and the extravagant circumstances of her upbringing—being raised off-the-grid in the wilderness of New Mexico until age 12—blend onto a vivid canvas where I wasn't just reading her story but exploring the colors of my own deepest emotions surrounding love, loss, and forgiveness. The ending and Epilogue left my heart full of gratitude for soulful connection, and the beauty and mystery of life. I'll read this one again.
This past summer was the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the 60s counterculture influencing life in the United States and the world: A period well addressed in media. However, the affect on younger children reared in 60s counterculture was not as popular – until now. While, KQED Summer of Love interviewed authors surviving childhood in a 60s atmosphere, Chloe Rachael Gallaway’s story differs from the others because she and her siblings had negligible access to health care, public schools, and same age peers. Chloe’s parents set upon Haight Ashbury in 1967 to detach from former lives of privilege and their own parents. They visited several communes on the way to the southwest including one in Placitas, New Mexico. Their last stop was their homestead, which Chloe’s Dad, Jerry, literally purchased for a song from actor Dennis Hopper, now deceased. The Galloway family lived in a small cabin located off the grid in the high desert mountains of northern New Mexico. Little contact existed with the outside world and family religious beliefs disavowed medical intervention as well as schooling. However, the intelligence of both parents fostered skills of observation, comparison and analysis in the children. After some bumps, the Galloway kids had great foster care placement. Today, Chloe and her well-educated siblings live accomplished and fascinating lives. One mark of a great writer is objective storytelling, allowing readers to form opinions on their own. Chloe does this and captures isolation and yearning for community with a compassionate voice! Read this book for your own healing to learn survival skills! Chloe is a writer and teaches others to do the same in retreats, group and in one on one setting. https://chloerachelgallaway.com/-l9NeppzLOx40=5N7x749*t-/page/homepage