Book Review – North Of Hope
Some people experience sorrow beyond anything most of us can even begin to imagine.
On the Sunday after a painful break-up, while her heart was still raw, 33-year old Shannon Huffman of Seattle received a message that would forever change her life.
The message came from a stranger – Officer Holschen of Kakctovik, Alaska.
“Are you related to Richard and Katherine Huffman?” the voice asked.
“I’m Rich’s daughter.”
“I’m sorry to tell you this,” said the voice, “but a bear came into their campsite last night…”
“…and they both were killed.”
So begins North Of Hope – A Daughter’s Arctic Journey by Shannon Huffman Polson – a powerful story of one woman’s journey “over the jagged edge of loss” and into the vast wilderness of grief.
In an attempt to come to terms with such an incomprehensible loss, Shannon finds herself – one year later – in Alaska, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, on a quest.
To re-create her father’s last trip using entries from his journal…
To follow in his footsteps…
To talk to the people who last saw him…
To reconcile with her father, a man she loved but had grown distant from since his marriage to Kathy.
North Of Hope is a powerful memoir that chronicles Shannon’s inner and outer journey through grief. The book is beautifully written – a slow read that invites reflection and introspection.
The book will interest readers who have suffered loss and are going through a grieving process of their own, as well as readers interested in Alaska, Inuit and Inupiat culture, and wilderness and adventure stories.
Book Excerpt – North Of Hope
What awaits you in North Of Hope? An excerpt from Requiem: Kyrie.
I do not know if song came before prayer, or prayer before song, but I do know that together they are magnified and soar as they cannot do alone. Hebrew and Greek have no separate word for music, nor does the language of the Inupiat: the boundary between singing and speech wavers like a mirage. I come to sing to help me pray, and I come to prayer to help me sing. Sitting in a rehearsal room in a hard metal folding chair every Monday in Seattle after Dad and Kathy’s funeral, I start to sing. I start to pray. I do not know yet that music will lead me to a river.
Book Trailer – North Of Hope
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For more information about this book:
- Visit Shannon’s Website, A Border Life.
- Read Shannon’s Biography.
- Read North Of Hope, Chapters 1 & 2.
- Visit Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Zondervan / Handlebar Marketing to review. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.