From the pristine land of Australia come the remarkable voice of Michael J. Roads. Simplistically one might say that Michael Roads talks with Nature. He converses with rivers, with trees, with plants, and with the animal kingdom. But to say so would be to pull his story out of context, to overlook the painstaking soul-searching Michael experienced in order to come to terms with his greatest gift. Acceptance and integration gave birth to the wisdom in the pages of his journal:
"It concerns me that the human race has allowed separation from Nature to become established as accepted reality. Hence, man and Nature, rather than man of Nature. Do we as humanity stand above and beyond such power? Regretfully, our continual involvement in the violence of war, our ever-increasing environmental pollution as well as the expanding proportion of mentally-stressed people in our society clearly demonstrate that intelligence is not at the forefront of human endeavor. We are the nature we abuse. To establish a reconnection with Nature is to reach into our Selves, reconnecting with the timeless wisdom we each containbut few indeed are the people who will allow themselves time for this process. Do we take responsibility for ourselves, or do we invest our power in the mythical they who we believe created the mess we are in?"
The book is a beautifully written spiritual autobiography of the author and his remarkable encounters with the natural world. Michael is led step-by-step to a final wisdom, remarkable in its simplicity and in its message of hope for mankind.