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Publisher's Summary

From trauma educator and somatic guide Kimberly Ann Johnson comes a cutting-edge guide for tapping into the wisdom and resilience of the body to rewire the nervous system, heal from trauma, and live fully.

In an increasingly polarized world where trauma is often publicly renegotiated, our nervous systems are on high alert. From skyrocketing rates of depression and anxiety to physical illnesses such as autoimmune diseases and digestive disorders, many women today find themselves living out of alignment with their bodies.

Kimberly Johnson is a somatic practitioner, birth doula, and postpartum educator who specializes in helping women recover from all forms of trauma. In her work, she’s seen the same themes play out time and again. In a culture that prioritizes executive function and “mind over matter", many women are suffering from deeply unresolved pain that causes mental and physical stagnation and illness.

In Call of the Wild, Johnson offers an eye-opening look at this epidemic as well as an informative view of the human nervous system and how it responds to difficult events. From the “small t” traumas of getting ghosted, experiencing a fall-out with a close friend, or swerving to avoid a car accident to the “capital T” traumas of sexual assault, an upending natural disaster, or a life-threatening illness - Johnson explains how the nervous system both protects us from immediate harm and creates reverberations that ripple through a lifetime.

In this practical, empowering guide, Johnson shows readers how to metabolize these nervous system responses, allowing everyone to come home to their deepest, most intuitive and whole selves. Following her supportive advice, readers will learn how to move from wholeness, tapping into the innate wisdom of their senses, soothing frayed nerves and reconnecting with their “animal selves".

While we cannot cure the painful cultural rifts inflicting our society, there is a path forward - through our bodies.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Kimberly Ann Johnson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Too Woke-Sick to Stomach

I'm having such a hard time sitting through the wokeism. It's ruining the content. The author has swallowed far left narratives whole. I want to get the value of the subject matter, but I'm getting tired of puking in my mouth a little each time she assumes her subjective reality is true for the world. Enough with the politics. Trauma is personal and this book excludes trauma victims who don't outsource their thinking to the far left narratives being spouted by MSM today. This author is incapable of connecting with an audience that's outside her leftist echo chamber. Only 3 stars for being exclusionary and difficult to consume. I'm considering asking if I can return it and get my credit back.

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Brilliant book! Unfortunately audible version very hard on my nervous system due to the narrating voice

This is such an amazing, well written, well researched, directly experienced work! An absolutely brilliant book!

However as audible version (which I usually always prefer ) this was really hard on my nervous system ! Just the opposite effect of the content and point of the book

If I am to be fully honest it was almost painful to listen. The high pitched /girly /nasal voice triggered my nervous system a lot and I could listen to it in small dosages only fighting to focus on content and ignore the sound

I cannot understand why the author insisted to narrate it herself? I consider it a big mistake.

I gave the audiobook 3 stars only for that reason while I will give hard copy version that I also have 5 stars.

It is interesting to me that someone who did so much inner and body work still speaks with such a high pitched almost screaming voice - especially since it is clear that she can produce deep tones (practice in the book). Then again - Our body work is never over so that is no problem
… What is baffling and creates problem is that author is either not aware of that or is and still believes she should read the book. If the latter is the case the arrogance and disrespect for the buyer is truly mind blowing to me. Especially having the topic and the nature of the work in mind .



It is obvious that voice of the author can only put your nervous system in high alert. Yet she insisted to do it .
Too bad - because the content itself is absolutely brilliant !!!


I hope this book will come back as audible version narrated by someone else

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A seminal work in the field of trauma!

Call of the Wild is PHENOMENAL!!!! Kimberly Ann Johnson offers incisive perception and delivers it in relatable, easy-to-understand ways. I’ve been studying trauma for years, and still learned so much from this book. It’s a must-read for professionals working with traumatized individuals and groups, and also for anyone wanting to heal old patterns and move forward with greater ease, clarity and strength.

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This is a MUST read for trauma integration!

Holy smokes! I listened to Call of the Wild in 1 1/2 days while cleaning, organizing and gardening. Stopped to be in my body several times. The Call of the Wild is a priceless gift to my soul. It is every bit if not MORE important than Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk’s masterpiece The Body Keeps the Score. It’s going on my recommend list and now I am diving in to the hard copy. Thank you for sharing THIS vitally important roadmap for understanding how to integrate trauma, for bringing PEACE and wholeness to my BODY by helping me fully embrace every important aspect of my nervous system. And thank you for sharing the HOPE of what is to come from fully embracing myself—beyond the reckoning I know I will realize restoration, reclamation, and reimagine a whole new way of LIVING in the safety of my mind/body/soul. Deep bows for your courageousness.

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A beautiful, heartfelt book

I love that Kimberly read her own book. The wisdom she shares feels very authentic and deep. She invites readers to a grounded acceptance of our own lives, and she teaches us how to open to more pleasure and felt sense of joy. This feels like a culmination of much wisdom from many people, and she gives credit to her many teachers and supporters. Thank you Kimberly. This book felt brave.

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Life changing book

I recommend this book to all humans that are still stuck regardless of how much inner work they’ve done. This book gives you insight into some of the deepest patterning within that are extremely difficult to see. It’s a rare human that feels like they are truly authentic and knows how to express themselves verbally and physically whether it’s with family, in the workplace, or in the bedroom. This book will help you find yourself!

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best book ever

this guy loved it from beginning to end thanks Kimberly i live you and love you sister namaste love and light blessed for all beings eturnity .

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Great listen, now to buy the book

For me it was immensely interesting and enlightenment. So much that I will buy the book.

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Beautifully Articulated

Kimberly has a wonderful gift of describing things in a whole new way that is beyond healing and helpful. This book has been way better than I could have ever imagined and very healing. I loved all the exercises! I highly recommend doing them as you listen or read the book then implementing them in your life! Thank you Kimberly Ann Johnson you have changed my life yet again with another wonderful book!

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Really wonderful information

I felt like she was speaking directly to me about me. The information really resonated with me. I'm going to buy the text copy of the book too.
I'm dyslexic, so that's why I prefer audiobooks. Usually I prefer books like this to be read by the author. Not the case for this one. I'm not docking any stars because I think that's totally unimportant to the book. I listened to a podcast with this author and her tone was sweet and conversational, but it's hard to read a book in a conversational tone. I do think this author could have done well to hire a professional to read her book, but again, the information is what this book is all about and I'm so thankful for the time and effort she went through to learn and share this knowledge.

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  • 02-13-22

Highly recommended

This book was very insightful for me. I am already thinking of going back and listening to it again & practice the exercises. The chapter related to sexuality was particularly eye opening & both me and my partner has learned a lot from it and I have no doubt it will help us deepen our relationship as we are encouraged to look into our own default neurobiological responses & work on overcoming limitations.

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  • 01-15-22

Realt good!

Good balance between personale story, theory and exercises. Can recommend to listen if you are interested in yourself.

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  • 07-20-21

Fabulous book!

Loved it. Beautifully articulated and well narrated book. Must read for trauma therapists. And everyone!

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  • 06-26-21

For women - essential information

if you are new to the concept of listening to your body or if you are knowledgeable in the field... a new book presenting essential information.

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  • 05-10-21

Everyone needs to read this book!

This book is revolutionary in the way in-depth subjects including our nervous system, polyvagal theory and somatic healing are broken down into terms that are easily recognised, processed and understood. Full of the most brilliant practical exercises, packed with interesting examples of how our bodies react to, hold and express traumas, aswell as numerous examples of simple, everyday ways to regulate the nervous system and bring more joy to life. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants more joy, more meaningful connection and more presence in every moment.

I am on my second listen already and the message is clear; we only have one go at this life, and reparation and abundance lies in our own hands. We don’t need to spend a heap of money on therapy or healing. There are simple, yet profound ways to sit with how we feel, shift it and be as authentic as possible.

One of the best books I’ve ever read. Buy it now. It will change your life for the better.