This is the story of Joe from the beginning to the present. Joe grew up in a small community in the mountains of Wyoming and was involved in all the crazy hillbilly activities of the region. He rode bulls and horses in the rodeo and spent the weekends finding interesting ways to hurt himself. Joe was under constant pressure during his youth from the church and the religious fanatics in his family.
When Joe became a teenager he joined missions with the Nondenominational Church and traveled to Australia where he worked to help out and convert the Aborigines. He traveled deep into Mexico with the same missionaries where they helped an impoverished community construct a 25,000-gallon water tank using only shovels and their hands. Joe also worked in the soup kitchens of Skid Row in the inner city of LA.
His relationship with the church deteriorated when he started asking too many questions and he decided to search the world for the answers that he sought. He joined the Army after the trade towers went down and got lost in the ugliness of that world. After getting out of the Army he hit rock bottom. He was suicidal and out of control. He ended up in jail where he decided to give life one last try.
Lost and searching for truth he moved to Maui, Hawaii and became a kayak guide on the beautiful Pacific. During that time Maui took him in and provided many of the answers he was searching for. The kayaking gave Joe an outlet for the rage and pain in his soul. After a few years on Maui he headed to the continent of Antarctica where he would end up spending 40 months - most of which was at the South Pole.
During the long dark South Pole winters Joe began exploring the world of dreams and became quite knowledgeable about that magical place and how it relates to the reality of our waking life. When he was not in the Antarctic he was traveling the tropical islands of South East Asia and the Pacific. Later Joe became a Dive Master and settled down in the Philippines where he met the love of his life and embarked on the adventure of marriage.
Throughout his death defying adventures Joe got to know himself quite well and was able to more effectively pursue the ancient secrets he sought. Joe found his answers and shares them now in this book to hopefully help some other lost folks find their way.
©2012 Josiah Heiser (P)2012 Josiah Heiser
Book was not what I expected. I kept waiting for the Dreams part of the book. While I believe the Author has a good story, Waking Dreams is not part of this story. The book seemed more about a person lost in this world with no real direction.
Right at the top with 'Into Thin Air' and 'The Long Walk'
Its hard to compare because it covers so much ground. I would say it is a combination of 'The Beach' and 'Into The Wild' because it is about a truth seeker that goes for it and never gives up till he finds what he is searching for. And like The Beach because later in the guys life he lives on tropical island in Thailand and the Philippines and Fiji and is a bit blunt and even dark at times while describing some of the less advertised aspects of the islands.
I thought that the guys voice was good for the story. Sometimes when the author reads the story it actually kinda ruins it for because the author sounds like a kid or something. But this guy's deep voice fits the image I have in my mind.
It reminded me that even a regular broke average guy like myself can have awesome adventure if I just purge some of the material and use the money to break free.
I wouldnt recommend this book for kids or sensitive types and like the other guy said hes pretty disgusted with religion and lets it out in the book so religious types should reconsider. The guys no great writer but he gets his Ideas and descriptions out very effectively and I like the blunt honesty. This book covers a lot of ground and it never gets boring. The Man has had some cool experiences. Its a must read for travelers and spiritual types.
I like the fact that the author narrated the book. Its more real that way.
All the travel info and descriptions of locals and all the guys crazy experiences
Like I said I like when the author narrates, I feel I got to know the author a bit.
All the info about the lucid dreaming
I wouldn't recommend this to the devout religious as the author spends some time discussing the negative impacts of his religious experience and how he feels about the spiritual vs religious. Other than the religious parts I think that this is a good book for any travelers and adventurers and truth seekers out there. It's raw and strait forward and sounds like Kerouac at times. The guy has my respect just for all the crazy stuff he has survived. The info about Antarctica is pretty cool too. I can't believe that people can survive at the south pole in the winter. Over all I give it five stars based on substance, its honest and feels real.
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