Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: The Five Legends: A Journey to Heal Divided Hearts by the Anasazi Foundation

The Five Legends, by the Anasazi Foundation
2019, 120p, Motivational
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Drawing on 30 years of helping families, this profound fable by the Anasazi Foundation illustrates the true anguish of conflict and explains how we can end war within ourselves, within our families, and even between nations.

Created in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (a Totonac Indian whose native name is Good Buffalo Eagle), the Anasazi Foundation invites young people, through a primitive living experience, to effect a change of heart. For over thirty years, their teachings have helped families begin anew and walk in harmony in the wilderness of the world.

Inspired by their wisdom, this book tells the story of two brothers whose warring hearts threaten to destroy their lives and their community. Trapped in a canyon, the two brothers are rescued by a mysterious old man who perceives their need for peace. He offers to guide them home -- inviting them to open their hearts toward a New Beginning. When they agree, he teaches them the five legends of peace. And as they walk forward, they learn that we are free to create peace in our own lives--and how to do it. This discovery saves not only the brothers but ultimately their people. This poetic narrative offers us all a hopeful way out of the canyons of war, leaving behind the warring within.

I love it when a book comes around that sounds appealing to me and it turns out to be exactly what I need to read. It's hard to feel peace when our hearts are at war, and this fable gives some simple, yet powerful, life lessons to apply in order to feel peace, and the importance of our relationships with others. I loved the way it was written, and enjoyed reading each of the legends, and how they applied to the brothers and their relationship. 

This book didn't take me long to read, and it is packed with great content, so I will read it over and over again. The lessons are timely and apply to all ages, so I would recommend it to everyone!

[Side Note: Years ago, I read The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute and this book reminded me of that. I wasn't surprised to read that the two groups have worked together and support each other. If you liked The Anatomy of Peace, this is a book you will definitely want to read.]

About the Author

Founded in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers Larry D. Olsen and Ezekiel C. Sanchez (Good Buffalo Eagle), ANASAZI Foundation gives young people an opportunity for growth through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature. Many of Anasazi's teachings were inspired by Sanchez and his wife Pauline Martin Sanchez, a Navajo whose given name is Gentle White Dove. More than 4,000 families have participated in ANASAZI since its inception in 1988. It is estimated that 40,000 students have participated outdoor programs.

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