Journey to the Heart of the World, by John Lundin, has been released today, a Paulo Coelho-reminiscent parable of environmental and Indigenous Wisdom.
Online PR News – 23-June-2015 – New York, New York – Humanitas Media Publishing (http://www.humanitasmedia.com), an independent publisher of such authors as award-winning Western poet/playwright Red Shuttleworth and Hemingway great-granddaughter, Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, has announced the release for its next offering, Journey to the Heart of the World, a Paulo Coelho-reminiscent work of fiction by author John Lundin.
Lundin, having previously written The New Mandala: Eastern Wisdom for Western Living in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has with this work turned to fiction for a parable about humanity, indigenous wisdom, and the need for a more profound consciousness when it comes to environmental issues and spiritual insights necessary to not just survive, but thrive in a challenging world.
The book, written over the last three years while Lundin has lived in Colombia, will be available via Kindle exclusively beginning today; the print release for the book will take place later in 2015.
Additionally, a portion of proceeds from the work will be going to work in the region to preserve both the indigenous culture and the environment of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta where these tribes reside.
An interview with Lundin about the book and its subject matter was published in the Huffington Post via: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kj-wetherholt/indigenous-and-environmen_b_7642056.html
Advance praise for Journey to the Heart of the World:
"When we begin a journey it leads us through some of the most amazing trails! One of these trails can be an inspiring step into a world filled with experiences that perhaps would seem to be a dream. Yet, it is real, then it’s surreal - because the sights and sounds around you are so illuminated by the elements in their most natural state, and the people are also illuminated in their relationship and understanding of the world. Journey to the Heart of the World, a novel by John Lundin, is a subtle reminder that there are experiences and trails that lead us to the top of the mountain where one will see the world from a whole new perspective. Reading the book gave me moments of wonder and a knowing smile - I could relate.
- Mona Polacca, Havasupai, Hopi, Tewa, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
"Every now and then, a book comes along that uniquely and powerfully points the way toward a new and important wisdom that humanity must embrace: John Lundin's Journey to the Heart of the World is just this kind of book. Taking you from the mountains of New York to the mountains of Colombia and back again, this journey has so much of value to start the next generation on the right path, and to help those of older generations find the path that can bring harmony to our relations with one another and with the Earth."
- Todd E. MacLean, Editor-in-Chief, Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet
"There are other worlds on this beautiful planet of ours. What a tragedy that so many never experience them — their flowers, birds, butterflies, trees, and the peoples who live among them. So, it takes a dream to get this story’s hero to make his journey, but it is a profound one. Loving the natural world is not merely a spiritual prescription, but practical advice essential for our survival conveyed by those who live in closest contact to it."
- Dr. Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation ecology at Duke University and president of SavingSpecies.org
"A must read for every concerned and caring person on the planet! John Lundin's Journey to the Heart of the World is an epic adventure filled with ancient wisdom that has been handed down from generation to generation since humans first began to understand their place in the Universe. Our very survival depends on heeding its call – to choose wisely as we meet the difficult challenges of the 21st century and beyond!"
- Laurence Overmire, poet, environmentalist and author of The One Idea That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action
"One can only admire John Lundin's commitment to seeking personal enlightenment by integrating his search for spiritual meaning, his love and concern for the natural world and the expression of these passions in an artistic statement. This novel is the story of a personal journey seeking universal truths that only the natural world can offer. It's a tale for both young and old to learn and be inspired by."
- Ed Kashi, photojournalist, filmmaker, storyteller, member of VII Photo, NatGeo contributor, founder of Talking Eyes Media
"From the loss of a mother, to seeing the potential loss of Mother Earth through a child’s eyes, John Lundin’s new novel is a beautifully written journey that gently nudges each person to acknowledge our role in the world, and what we can and should be doing to protect it. From the Catskills to Colombia, our young hero represents the best of us, yearning for knowledge with a wide-eyed innocence, and learning some harsh realities of what humanity is doing to the planet on which we all depend."
- Leigh Barrett, CEO and Founder at Skambha Village and Producer/Host - MIPJ Radio at MIPJ: Media, Information, International Relations and Humanitarian Affairs
“Asimov wrote about it, from a pragmatic scientific perspective; accepting obliteration as a foregone conclusion. Bill Moyers produced brilliant, insightful, programs about it. Jacques Cousteau explored it, and made incredible inroads towards raising awareness for preservation. Meanwhile? John Lundin lived it: spirit and myth, as an integral part of our biosphere. And now he successfully transfers all of this to a new generation; neatly contained in a charming allegorical adventure story. A young man’s transformative Journey to the Heart of the World. Simply magical, an enjoyable read; and thereby, incredibly powerful!”
- Patrick Mahoney, author of To Be Fit For Life, and founder of the Annual Convocation for Peaceful Coexistence, Ornans France.”
"Once a Christian minister, then a Buddhist acolyte, John Lundin takes the reader backwards in time to the mountains of Columbia where his hero receives ancient teachings from the first Americans on the true nature of reality. Blending science, religion and imagination into an intriguing and compelling fantasy, Lundin takes us on a sincere and engaging fictional journey which the reader will be grateful to have experienced."
- Ace Remas, Buddhist teacher and author of Just Passin' Through: My Rough Ride to Buddha Land
"The indigenous peoples of la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta certainly rank among the most intriguing cultures on the planet. John Lundin's new book, Journey to the Heart of the World, provides real insight into the world and wisdom of these most extraordinary people. A great read!"
- Mark Plotkin, author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, president of the Amazon Conservation Team
"Journey to the Heart of the World is a profound mythical story with deep ancient roots that will beckon you on a journey of enchantment, discovery and transformation. It will leave you with a powerful and unforgettable connection to Mother Earth."
- Dawn Parker-Waites, co-founder of Echo Eden and Planet One Solutions.org
"Journey to the Heart of the World is a young adult cli-fi novel that can change a teenager's life forever."
- Dan Bloom, journalist and curator of The Cli-Fi Report
"Journey to the Heart of the World is an imaginative adventure story which urges us to pay attention to our relationship to the Earth. A real reflection of the environmental destruction the planet faces today, the story inspires and reminds young readers to listen to the natural world to recover love for the Earth. It is a journey to help us remember the real magic of life that we have forgotten, to reconnect with the great conversation of life."
- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Ph.D., Sufi teacher and author of Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
"John Lundin's Journey to the Heart of the World is not just his journey, but ours: a journey to the heart of the earth, but also a journey into ourselves. At the end of any journey, we can look back and find something that we have learned. What we learn here is a way to live and a way to think, and a way to a better world--and to our own hearts."
- Michael Green, Ph.D., professor of history UNLV, writer, author of Nevada: A History of the Silver State