Blurbs for Writing on the Landscape
Here's what people are saying about my 2017 book, Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew:
“I have begun to read your lovely book. Already you remind me—in tone, perspective, word choice, and convictions—of one of my favorite Southern writers, Eudora Welty.”
—Dr. H. Bruce Rinker, Author, Ecologist, Explorer, Educator
“Writing on the Landscape evokes the emotional resonance of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea. Just as Lindbergh used the gift of shells on the beach for understanding self and our place in the world, Jennifer Wilhoit reflects on the connection between writing and nature as “partners in our quest for wholeness.” With vulnerability and conviction, Jennifer demystifies the process of reflection and writing by providing achievable and natural mindfulness practices designed to access the wisdom and centeredness in all of us: the place of our truth. This lyrical and motivational guide has broad appeal and usefulness, and is essential reading for anyone on the journey toward self-discovery, balance, and healing.
—Lorraine Glover, LICSW, LMHC
“I was hoping to keep this review to 26 words (you'll understand when you read this brilliant book), but it just wouldn't do it justice. Whether you're an aspiring writer or an established pro, Writing on the Landscape is a stunning read, offering new riches on every page. The author, Jennifer Wilhoit, is a skilled writer … [and] a devoted child of nature as well. Nature permeates this work, and Jennifer shows you how to use the natural world to access those voices inside and outside of you that you may have forgotten or never known existed. The book contains many helpful exercises, but what sticks with me most is Jennifer's passion. She loves being a writer and she wants you to love being one, too. It's entirely contagious. I highly recommend Writing on the Landscape to you.”
—Burt J. Kempner, Award-Winning Writer-Producer
“[This is] a great book for laypersons, students, and writers. The author, Jennifer Wilhoit, is a colleague and friend that promotes transformative learning and embodiment in a way that is complementary to transformative and liberation pedagogies. I have thoroughly enjoyed it cover to cover; it is theoretically sound and filled with practical activities that engage presentational and propositional ways of knowing.”
—Donald Proby, Mediator, Peacemaker, Ed.D. Candidate
“Oh, what inspiring writing by Jennifer J. Wilhoit! As I read Writing on the Landscape, her words sparked my yearning to reach for my journal and pen to write. Her descriptions of nature are, hands down, some of the most poetic prose I have read. One can tell how much her soul has been infused with the energy and healing of the natural world. It is like having a writing coach, but in book form that is handy and always close by to be your muse. It is a wonderful tool because I’m not sure any book offers writers help with writing quite like this one. Many focus on the logistics of the writing process but Jennifer provides an expanded and deepened approach. Writing on the Landscape offers an approach based in nature practices and achieving wholeness that will not only inspire people to gear up and begin writing, but for writers to reconnect with what has stalled in their writing process as well.”
—Lisa D. McCall, Author, Public Health Researcher, Life Coach
“Writing on the Landscape touches my mind, heart, body, and spirit. The author and I are kindred souls. My own thinking, writing, and nature-fueled philosophy of life resonate with Dr. Wilhoit’s entertaining and inspirational guide to writing and nature. Dr. Wilhoit narrates a journey, demonstrating how vital balance is in our pursuit of writing, as well as in our pursuit of life. And she evidences convincingly that we can achieve wholeness through conscious, reflective, and introspective immersion in nature. Dr. Wilhoit observes simply that the principal point of this book is the pairing of nature and writing toward being complete. Writing on the Landscape explores the sense of wholeness we feel when we engage a few simple, easy to exercise practices … deep and guided, step-by-step interactions with nature and its elements: land-, sea-, and sky-scapes. ‘The voices of the earth speak deeply and clearly to a writer.’ Dr. Wilhoit brings joy to writing through her own revelations: ‘I am in love with writing; writing seduces me. I am in the landscape of my soul. I write from the very core of who I am. That is what the natural world does for me and for my writing no matter where I am.’ Join Dr. Wilhoit and begin your own journey through the terrain of writing and nature.”
—Stephen B. Jones, Ph.D., Author, Co-Founder of Antioch’s Nature Based Leadership Institute, Founder of Great Blue Heron L.L.C.