In the pristine environment of the northern boreal forest, Tulugaq Kagagi muses over a series of letters. Written in the vernacular of his grandfather, he recalls his life experiences and the spiritual teachings these events have brought him: transforming his life and his worldview.
Through the writing of one man and the inner thoughts of another, we too live through wrenching pain and revitalizing joy and peace. From death to life-giving ecstasy, we follow the life journeys of two men, separated by generations and culture, as they find meaning and rest for their lives.
After the drownings of his parents in 1928, a white infant is orphaned in the Canadian north. Tulugaq Kagagi is lovingly accepted into the home of a childless Ojibwa/Inuit couple, Peepeelee and James. In his teens, he leaves their home to continue schooling at a seminary in the south. The next 30 years of his life are spent in traditional religious vocation. During this time, the enfolding of spirit - its peace and presence - slowly fades from his life.
In midlife, upon his adoptive father's death, he returns to the cabin of his childhood and discovers a series of letters written by his great-grandfather, Minominike. His religious education and worldview is challenged by the unconditional love and truth expressed in these letters. As he reads the words of this old man's life, his heart returns to a time of embrace and spiritual oneness that he has not known in decades. Feeling the wind of the spirit and sensing the inner whisper of a still-small voice, meaning and love are reawakened in his heart. We travel with him on a path of revelation, as he opens his heart to the unity and benevolence surrounding us all.
This is a novel that pierces the core of humanity's longing for inner peace and opens the simple joy of being to all of us. The letters of Minominike bring insight and encourage us to live in the reality of transcendent love.
©2014 James C. Washburn (P)2015 James C. Washburn
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