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Summary

Inspiring hope, solace, and courage in living through our losses, author Martín Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise in our culture - how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the dead is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for living. In modern society, grief is something that we usually experience in private, alone, and without the support of a community. Yet, as Prechtel says, "Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses." 

Prechtel explains that the unexpressed grief prevalent in our society today is the reason for many of the social, cultural, and individual maladies that we are currently experiencing. According to Prechtel, "When you have two centuries of people who have not properly grieved the things that they have lost, the grief shows up as ghosts that inhabit their grandchildren." These "ghosts", he says, can also manifest as disease in the form of tumors, which the Maya refer to as "solidified tears", or in the form of behavioral issues and depression. He goes on to show how this collective, unexpressed energy is the long-held grief of our ancestors manifesting itself, and the work that can be done to liberate this energy so we can heal from the trauma of loss, war, and suffering.

At base, this "little book", as the author calls it, can be seen as a companion of encouragement, a little extra light for those deep and noble parts in all of us.

©2015 Martín Prechtel (P)2020 North Atlantic Books

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"Martin Prechtel's book is beautifully written and wise...he offers stories that are precious and life-sustaining. Read carefully, and listen deeply." (Mary Oliver)

"Here Martín Prechtel sends us an invitation to peace: to personal, village-level, and world peace.... Martín coaxes us through funny and quirky turns of the ordinary and the miraculous to leave us inspired to wake up singing to the beauty of our rising sun and live in praise of this complex and gracious world." (Inge Hindel, MD/PhD, family and integrated medicine doctor at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Oregon) 

"Caring for animals is a sacred responsibility. To truly grieve and to weep deeply is something the animals really do help us with. And O they help us praise too, to accomplish that most marvelous art of turning the grief into praising. Martín tells us, 'Let the world jump up and live again,' and he makes that happen with his delicious sentences. Read this necessary, very beautiful book, and then read it again." (Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: Soul Fury)

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Brilliant listening.

I find it brilliant to listen to this book in Martín’s voice. It was a life changing book to read on paper and it takes on a new depth to hear it read by the author. Especially the story about Little Wetzak and Big Thunder. Thank you Martín for recording your voice to reach us across the globe at a time when we are unable to travel to your school.

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Manna from Heaven

This is a rare precious thing. To have this book is one thing, but to have Martin read it is another. Truly healing, while also being funny.

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The real meaning of soul food

I’ve never read a book and felt so nourished, it was as though I was eating every word and it was the most delicious meal

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Life changing

This book completely shifted the way I view my grief. Whether you are dealing with grief or not, everyone should read this.

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Beautiful

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing truths such as these. Much needed medicine in the modern world.

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  • Jericho V. Thorp
  • 02-10-21

Grief is Praise and Love

this book, in an incredible reading by the author, gave me beautiful new ways of thinking about grief and grieving. highly recommended for anyone who has suffered a serious loss. every sentence is like poetry. every chapter is wisdom.

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  • Jane
  • 21-01-22

Honey In The Heart

my favorite book of all time, read by the author, now when i read the book or other books by Martin Prechtel i can hear him when i read

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  • Erin M.
  • 29-09-21

A treasure

Poetry, symphony and ancient story telling. A blessing and gift to my life which will never be the same having read it. Thank you, Martín for turning what must have been enormous grief to such generous and magnificent beauty.

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  • Jodi Campbell
  • 16-09-21

Fantastic!

What an amazing book! So much is packed in such a short book, but vital knowledge for everyone!

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  • Ashley Springer
  • 07-04-21

Great, interesting and funny book!

This book wouldn’t have been the same just reading it. This is a perfect audible book full of inspiration, funny stories and a unique outlook on ways to truly deal with grief. Highly recommended!

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  • freedom
  • 10-02-21

excellent healing balm for the soul!!!

I listened to this over and over again in the hospital during my experience with breast cancer....so healing!!!

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  • Kieran K Kuykendall
  • 08-02-21

Fantastic!

Everyone should read this wisdom based
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there is incredible ancient wisdom in the chapters of this book. Share this with any child friend or elder that wishes to remember the beauty of life and love.

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  • Carolina Villamizar
  • 07-02-21

A piece of wisdom!

finding this book is already a gift from the universe. Is reading about life, how to live and how to let go, how to make this journey a little bit more light and meaningful.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-01-21

Excellent

Gorgeously told in the authors own voice, brilliantly unconventional and seriously practical. This is the best kind of listen. For anyone who has lost someone, or thinks they might sometime in their life.

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  • Jer bear
  • 16-01-21

Inspiring

Listening to Martín read his own book almost makes missing out on in person classes almost bearable.

Listening to Martín is almost better than reading. His inflections and rhythm is wonderful.

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