"This book is categorized as a memoir and a philosophy of nature, but it is much more like a hike in the Rockies. There are places in the book of great, sweeping beauty, and places of clear-cut frustration. There are places where you want to cry out as if to warn unseen bears that you are near and you don't want them to threaten you. There are places where you must slow down, or stop for a rest and get some water. At the end, there is a deep satisfaction of having spent the energy to take such a hike.Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am," and our author found this quote absurd and elitist. If Jensen could be quoted to say, "I think, therefore I write," those who have read this book would agree. The source of such deep thinking is deep feeling and deep pain, however this writer balances these feelings with humor and hope. This book will ask questions of you in both subtle and obvious ways. The questions are difficult, but you need to hear them. Answering them will be like a steep hike up a forested mountainside. Will you see the forest through the trees?Was I made aware of this book by listening for "a language older than words?" I think so. To potential readers, listen to your heart. It will tell you to not only read but to think along with this book."