Rescuing the Light
Quotes from the Oral Teachings of Martín Prechtel
Renowned author Martín Prechtel’s newest work, Rescuing the Light, carries his inspiring and unique vision to the world in an entirely new form with this powerful collection of quotes gathered from over fifteen years of teaching at his school in Northern New Mexico. Famous for his sentences that can fill a whole page if not an entire chapter, here Prechtel offers some of his most dynamic teachings yet in the distilled form of sayings and quotes that have proven especially impactful, provocative and transformative to his rapt audiences over the years.
Prechtel’s sayings are at once hilarious, deeply thought-provoking, at times heart-wrenching, full of poetry and wonders, incisive and farsighted in the ways he sizes up the world’s complex present, storied and mottled pasts, and potential futures, all while remaining enduringly hopeful and encouraging to the reader or listener “to jump up and live again!”
Organized into chapters by topic as far-ranging as the subjects he teaches, Prechtel’s refreshing, insightful perspectives touch on all aspects of human culture from language, music, farming, animals, tools, spirituality, ritual, and world religions, to the current state of technology-dependent human culture and its historical roots, while returning often and unerringly to the main ‘job’ of humans, which Prechtel says must be a constant attempt to make the kind of beauty that feeds the Holy in Nature, and thus helps keep the world alive.
Whether the reader picks just one quote at a time to chew slowly on until the full majesty contained therein is revealed, or buckles themselves in and charges all the way through, letting the immensity of this thousand-part symphony crash over them all at once, no reader or listener will escape being endlessly moved, inspired, educated, and forever changed by this book.
June 9th, 2021: Hear Martín discuss Rescuing the Light.
Interview with Tiokasin Ghosthorse on First Voices Indigenous Radio Discussing Martín’s new book Rescuing the Light: Quotes from the Oral Teachings of Martín Prechtel
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