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Martín Prechtel’s Books & Audiobooks

New Audiobook Release: The Canyon Wren

All of Martín’s beautiful books are available here for purchase. Order print copies directly through our website by visiting each book’s individual page (by clicking the respective covers below or titles in the menu bar) and then adding a copy or copies to your cart. Books ordered here can be personally inscribed by the author for no additional charge if you select an autographed copy and include a note of who you’d like the book(s) signed for.

Audiobooks! Martín has recorded all of his books as audiobooks, so readers and listeners alike now have the golden opportunity to hear the author himself reading his books aloud. The audial versions of all three Volumes of the award-winning Stories of My Horses Trilogy, The Mare and the Mouse, The Wild Rose , and The Canyon Wren respectively, are newly available for purchase and download directly through our website and wherever audiobooks are sold! Audiobook versions of Rescuing the Light, The Smell of Rain on Dust, The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic, The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun, Stealing Benefacio’s Roses, and Long Life, Honey in the Heart can be purchased and downloaded directly from the publisher, North Atlantic Books, or wherever audiobooks are sold (,,, etc).

NEW! The third volume in the Stories of My Horses trilogy is here! If the first book, The Mare and the Mouse, is like finding a closed treasure chest, and the second book The Wild Rose is the retrieval of the lost keys to that chest, then The Canyon Wren is the treasure itself.
Winner of the Benjamin Franklin IBPA Silver Award! The second volume in the 'Stories of My Horses' Trilogy chronicles what it takes for Indigenous beauty and wild vitality to live, disappear, reappear, revive, and thrive in the modernity’s unsympathetic clatter, and seems to hint the self-spinning condition of today’s mindset is a spiritual illness that can cease being the relentless oppressor of Nature, open land, and Naturalness in People, and re-find its own health and nobility of soul.
First in the 'Stories of My Horses' series, 'The Mare and the Mouse' is meant to be read aloud to crowds around campfires, especially to people who are mistaken that only rich people or rednecks ride horses, Prechtel credits both his own physical and spiritual survival in “modernity’s mad rush to nowhere” with the sanity of riding and living with his natural-born Southwestern horses.
This powerful collection of sayings is a jewel box of wisdom and hope remembered and written down by Martín Prechtel from over 15 years of his living-oral-teachings during his school in Northern New Mexico.
"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." excerpt from 'The Smell of Rain on Dust'.
'The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic' is both an epic story and a cry to the heart of humanity based on the author’s realization that human survival depends on keeping alive the seeds of our “original forgotten spiritual excellence.”
This book begins with a powerful retelling of a hitherto unknown Guatemalan Tzutujil Mayan tale in which Tall Girl, who weaves the world in a loom and whose parents are the Sun and the Moon, falls in love with Short Boy, a mysterious man who disguises himself as a hummingbird to lure her away from her restrictive, jealous parents. Prechtel expands this beautiful living mythology with an additional five layers of knowing, each building on the previous one to create a deep spiritual and ecological relevance to the lives of people today.
“Gaspar Culán the younger did not believe the Sun was a God neither was the Earth a sky for another world beneath, nor was it alive at all.” Thus begins the beautifully narrated, romantic epic of Martín Prechtel’s search for the “deer-like look in a woman’s eye,” and his dramatic getaway with his family against impossible odds during his last years in war torn Guatemala.
Like an epic prayer, this remembrance of pre-computer times in Tzutujil Maya Guatemala culture just as the political upheaval of the 1980’s began, this book is a book of hope. The goodness of the powerful beauty, humor and Native intelligence of the reality of what was done and how it was lived can still give life.
In 'Secrets of the Talking Jaguar', Prechtel brings to vivid life the sights, sounds, scents, and colors of Santiago Atitlan: its magical personalities, its beauty, its handmade life and spiritual richness, its eight-hundred-year-old rituals juxtaposed with better-than-usual tribal gossip. This is a story of real education, a tale filled with enchantment, danger, passion, and hope.
Join Martín to hear his now-classic lecture on Grief and Praise, as it was first delivered in Minneapolis, MN in 1997.

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