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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

  • Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
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"As we approach shorter days—and colder ones, at that—do we need a book like Wintering to remind us of this bleak season? To Katherine May, who endured a year from hell—physically, psychologically, emotionally, the secret to coping with the darkest of days lies in the life-affirming power of the natural world. While the average person may not want to swim in the ocean for solace, we can embrace the cold and learn from these fallow periods when life is simultaneously dormant and alive. Beautiful prose and an inspirational read—one of the best books of 2020.

“Every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself. . . . This is truly a beautiful book.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

“May writes beautifully….A contemplative, hopeful, consoling book.” —NPR

An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down.

Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May's story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing arctic seas.

Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season."

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- Hardcover book

- Katherine May (Author)

- 256 pages

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