Guest Author - Deanna Joseph
Exploring Human Nature through the Spirit of Trees by Joan Klostermann-Ketels
Trees seem to possess ancient souls. To walk through a grove or forest can leave one with a feeling of awe and peace. Many people even feel a special connection to trees and their spirit, and feel that they receive encouragement and wisdom from them.
"Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life." Robert Louis Stevenson - page 30 / Grateful.
Humani Trees, by Joan Klostermann-Ketels, is a book of wisdom from the realm of the tree spirits. This simple, but lovely, book is filled with pictures of trees and quotes from famous poets, writers and thinkers.
Humani Trees is a hard cover book, and has nearly 70 photographs of trees. The paper is thick and glossy. Next to each photograph is a caption and quote. The book itself is 163 pages. Along with the beautiful photography and inspiring quotes, it also includes a brief section titled "How we named our Humanitrees gallery of trees spirits" and a discussion guide.
I thought the discussion guide was particularly interesting because it asks questions that make the reader think. For example, "When was the first time you felt a connection to the trees? Were you a young child or was it later in life? Describe the tree and the connect you felt."
"That best portion of a man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." ~ William Wordsworth - page 146 / Generous
Humani Trees is a beautiful book. It would make a lovely gift or coffee table book. It also serves as a helpful reminder that we are part of the natural world, and that nature, in all her wisdom, is always there, waiting to connect with us.
"We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson - page 88 / Aspiring.
Deanna received Humani Trees from the publisher, at no cost, for review purposes.