Item description for Soul Survivor: A Spiritual Quest Through 40 Days and 40 Nights of Mountain Solitude by Paul Hawker...
Overview A passionately honest account of the author's attempt to hear Gods voice and obey it.
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Studio: Northstone Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 1998
Publisher Northstone Publishing
ISBN 189683616X ISBN13 9781896836164
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul Hawker
Paul Hawker has been a professional film and television writer/director since 1979. His documentaries, covering topics ranging from shipwrecks to social issues, have screened in prime time on Australian television networks. Paul and his wife Christine run their own film production company. They work and live in New Zealand/Australia. Photo Credit: Christine Hawker.
Reviews - What do customers think about Soul Survivor: A Spiritual Quest Through 40 Days and 40 Nights of Mountain Solitude?
I Know the Man Oct 27, 2008
The book is wonderful and shows we can experience God in different ways
The author learns to discern God Jul 21, 1999
I'm not the sort of person who enjoys isolation in a non-urban setting for more than a few hours, so I don't much empathise with Hawker's decision to spend 40 days alone with God and Nature.
Furthermore, not many of us would have the time, or the spiritual drive, to want to spend 40 days without books, paper, or any other form of distraction. And in Wellington's Tararua Mountain range, to boot! However, his spiritual pilgrimage did touch me deeply.
Hawker had reached a time in his life when, in spite of having a great family and a successful documentary filmmaking career, he felt hollow inside. He saw himself as the sort of person who needs to work at life full-bore in case others discover how `unlovable' he really is. He enjoyed people, but also delighted in solitude - though as a responsible family man he'd had few opportunities to experience it. The mid-life urging of his soul gave him the motivation not only to go into solitude but also to strive to hear God's voice.
In the first few days he was forced to stay in one area due to his feet blistering under the unaccustomed weight of an extremely heavy pack, and during that time he discovered some criteria for discerning whether what he was hearing was from God, from his own mind, or from some other source. He lists these criteria in an appendix, and makes no claim that the list is complete, or that he always got it right. (Back in civilization he relies also on other mentors to help him discern.)
It's interesting to compare his idea of what God was saying to him with the series of books, Conversations With God, by Neale Donald Walsch, in which Walsch's `God' sometimes seems to dismiss traditional spirituality, yet endorses and embraces some new-age ideas. Hawker is more cautious about what he hears, rejoices more when he understands, and revels not only in the extraordinary beauty of nature, but in his deepening relationship with God. And even "God" comes to seem too small a word for the overwhelming greatness he experiences, since not only in one focused moment does he `see' Christ, but he also gains an increasing appreciation of just how enormously he is loved.
And this being loved isn't just some simple thing: in Chapter 17, Hawker describes how God asked him to describe his life in detail, and nudged him continually, almost provoked him to dig into all sorts of matters and events Hawker had regarded as trivial. In doing so he realised that God is intensely interested in minutist personal components of our lives. Hawker's background is Christian, but his book has the ability to reach beyond the Christian scene, to anyone who feels a mid-life hole in their centre, or is trying to understand the spiritual element of their journey.
A unique but effective remedy for mid-life crisis... Oct 4, 1998
Finding his life wanting and following the advise of an old friend the author determines to return to his spiritual routes in the high country of New Zealand. He prepares himself in a beautiful lowland river valley with several days of intense meditation and observation of thoughts.
Without the intrusion of everyday madness and in the company of only natural entities and by dint of strict discipline he gradually peels back, bit by bit, the cultural mask. He discovers a strong inner voice and rediscovers the voices of angels.
When he gains the physical and mental strength he begins to scale the mountain.The journey is described from both inner and outer perspectives and strongly reminded me of the books by Carlos Castenada without the peyote.
The strength of this book is that it is not just another spiritual "how to" rather a simple diary of one mans journey into himself and a fitting reminder to us all in this inreasingly hyped up technological age to make time for ourselves constantly to reconnect both with our spiritual selves and the natural order...