Deep Water Passage:
A Spiritual Journey at Midlife

by Ann Linnea

Pocket Books, NY 1993. ISBN 0671002821.
Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert
Posted on 01/08/2001

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Nature/Place/Environment;Nonfiction: Travel/Adventure

Our Story Circle Reading Circle (in Austin TX) read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is the story of a 43-year old woman who kayaked around Lake Superior in search of the rest of her life. It was a summer-long journey—65 days of incredible challenge, of angry storms, high seas, and painful physical trials. But more than that, it is a journey into the soul of a woman who is willing to risk all that she already knows about herself (as a wife, a mother, a friend) in order to learn what she does not know about her own inner resources. "When we deliberately leave the safety of the shore of our lives," Linnea writes, "we surrender to a mystery beyond our intent." It is within the circle of those mysteries, beyond any willed intention on our parts, that transformation takes place. As readers of this memoir of courage and physical challenge, members of our Circle felt that we too had surrendered to the mystery of the journey, and were transformed by it.

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