Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite

Nonfiction by R. Mark Liebenow

mountains-of-lightWith his poet’s eye and poet’s sensibilities, Mark Liebenow leads us through one of the great American wild lands, Yosemite National Park. He also marks out a trail through an even wilder landscape, that of grief in the human heart. This is a journey of attentiveness and awareness to nature, both internal and external, led by a writer “baptized by rain water and hands of wild grass.” The terrain he explores is rough and dramatic, exuberant and awe-inspiring, but in this “loud clashing of nature’s forces,” Liebenow finds, “Here is unbridled joy! Here is true celebration!”

Kelsea Habecker, author of Hollow Out

This is a beautiful book. I was swept wildly away by the underlying love story and hero’s journey.

This is not just a book about a trip into the wilderness, into one of the most beautiful places on earth. No, this is a book of a hero’s journey — of a journey deep into the wilderness of our hearts among the wild flowing rivers we try to navigate in the face of pain, the glacial movement of recovering from tragic loss. More, it’s about how when we listen to the gifts of nature and try to connect with the songs among us we can find deep spiritual power; we can find grace.

Mark Liebenow wanted to find what drew John Muir from his own homeland to Yosemite National Park. And along Liebenow’s journey he not only found why Muir could never let go of Yosemite, Liebenow found so much more — how we become more human than ever when we become vulnerable in nature’s beauty and danger.

Jeff Knorr, author of Keeper and The Third Body

An elegant portrayal of retreat, renewal and return to life with an increased respect for one of the nation’s most revered natural sites.

Kirkus Reviews

Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite by R. Mark Liebenow
University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN 978-0-803240-17-9

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