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Book Review: Ellis Nelson’s “Into the Land of Snows”…

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Into the Land of Snows is a penetrating novel (suitable for young and old alike) that impressively delves into the adventures of a young man, Blake, as he explores the enigmatic and mystifyingly pure domain of the Himalayan region.  Nelson’s book faithfully reflects the true, pristine, raw, deeply reverent — in terms of seeking the truly sacred — atmosphere of the region.  Her book reveals how splendidly innocent, caring, down-to-earth, and “immersed in exploring reality” the region’s people tend to be.  Indeed, the Sherpa people of that region have long been known for their physical longevity, kind disposition, and deep religiosity. 

Nelson takes us along with the young man… having us share in his baffling and mystical adventures (in a way that enables us to feel as if we are there ourselves, in the midst of the majestic, magnificent universal life forces).  The difficult steps that he takes, concerning adjusting to the steep inclines and ultra-thin atmosphere, concomitantly mesh with his difficult and conflicting thoughts (concerning his relationship with his family, his culture, and his complicated world).  Nelson effectively puts us in his shoes, and we (too) share in the seemingly insurmountable mental difficulties and mysterious (unfathomable) terrains, which Blake must courageously face. 

I deeply enjoyed how Nelson reveals how the Himalayas is an unspoiled, innocent region; it contains something that — unfortunately and regrettably — our so-called modern, materialistic culture has lost.  Largely (which may coincide with their lofty mountains) the beautiful Sherpa people base their lives mostly around touching and encountering the sacred, the divine.  Our so-called modern culture, conversely, is more enmeshed with material success, flaunting possessions, sticking to details, and “having a good time”.  What we fail to realize is that mere pursuit involving “having a good time” is largely a childish waste of time.  Not perceiving the “truly lofty” is like crudely remaining in the low valley forever.  Change, if you can.  Read Into the Land of Snows.  Climb to new levels; the way to grow is by going up!

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Into the Land of Snows

Into the Land of Snows

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. Thank you. Sounds perfect for the summer reading list. 🙂

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    • Reading it (about wondrous adventures in the Himalayas) will definitely help cool you down in the hot summer months. 🙂 (Ellis is a fellow blogger here at WordPress, by the way!)

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