Deep Water Passage: A Spiritual Journey at Midlife
About Deep Water Passage
Forty-two years old, naturalist, educator, a Midwestern wife and mother, Ann Linnea sets off around the inland sea of Lake Superior to immerse herself in nature, test the depth of her athleticism, and to review all that she has taken for granted in her life.
This profound memoir is the story of Ann's heroic and soul-baring voyage battling the biggest lake on the planet for insight and survival. A gripping tale of personal courage and honest self-review, it also serves as a metaphor for many kinds of mid-life passages, honoring both women and men.
It is a time-honored favorite for book club reading, constantly being discovered and rediscovered by word of mouth and book club favorites lists.
Reviews and Praise:
“This is the Journey: ordeal, descent, vision, and transformation. What is so very compelling about Deep Water Passage is Ann Linnea’s ability to live the adventure fully, extending herself physically, emotionally, and spiritually far beyond all limitations, and then to write of this with equal grace and honesty."
—Deena Metzger, author of Writing for Your Life
“Deep Water Passage is the powerful story of Ann Linnea’s inner and outer wilderness journey. Masterful, poignant, and inspiring, it speaks to every woman at midlife, challenging us to react deeply enough within to find the authenticity and courage to live from our highest vision."
—Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Fire in the Soul and It’s Not the End of the World
“Ann Linnea is a powerful storyteller - seamlessly weaving outer adventure with her inner journey. I couldn’t put the book down."
—Peggy Taylor, editor-in-chief, New Age Journal
“An engrossing adventure and a story of spiritual awakening and inspiration..."
Download and read an excerpt from Deep Water Passage (PDF file)
About the Author, Ann Linnea
Ann Linnea began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as a U.S. Forest Service naturalist. Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth (University of Minnesota Press, 1991). Her memoir, Deep Water Passage, a Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, (Pocketbook, 1997) chronicles her journey as the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak. In 2002 Ann wrote A Journey through the Maxwelton Watershed, (Washington State, Water Quality Grant, 2002). In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (Berrett-Koehler) with Christina Baldwin. Also out in 2010 is Ann's book, Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America (Skyhorse Publishing).
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Related Classes and Workshops
Wilderness quests and rites of passage led by Ann Linnea offer an immersion into the natural world with the support of community and time for solitude—a powerful way to take the next step in your life:
...and others. Visit her Wilderness Quests page to learn more.