North of Hope

North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey
By Shannon Polson / Zondervan

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After author Shannon Huffman Polson’s parents are killed by a wild grizzly bear in Alaska’s Arctic, her quest for healing is recounted with heartbreaking candor in North of Hope. Undergirded by her faith, Polson’s expedition takes her through her through the wilds of her own grief as well as God’s beautiful, yet wild and untamed creation—ultimately arriving at a place of unshaken hope. She travels from the suburbs of Seattle to the concert hall, performing Mozart’s Requiem with the Seattle Symphony, to the wilderness of Alaska—where she retraces their final days along an Arctic river. This beautifully written book is for anyone who has experienced grief and is looking for new ways to understand overwhelming loss. Readers will find empathy and understanding through Polson’s journey. North of Hope is also for those who love the outdoors and find solace and healing in nature, as they experience Alaska’s wild Arctic through the author’s travels.

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This beautifully written book is for anyone who has experienced grief and is looking for new ways to understand overwhelming loss. Readers will find empathy and understanding through Polson’s journey.North of Hope is also for those who love the outdoors and find solace and healing in nature, as they experience Alaska’s wild Arctic through the author’s travels.

Reading about Shannon’s journey in discovering herself and her relationship with her father was inspiring to me. It made me look at the relationships in my own life and want to enrich them before it became too late. I did not see a lot of scripture in North of Hope’s pages. What I did see was the hurt within a person and how they wanted to turn back the clock of time and do things over again. To get to know the person more, to understand them. When someone leaves this world it is not always planned and we are never ready for them to leave. There are many ways to deal with the loss and heartache that goes with it. Shannon decided to complete things which were not yet finished and revisit the scene of the crime. Through the journey I saw a lot of God’s beauty defined in the description of Alaska’s wildlife. When a person lives in the city, they see the elements around them within their control. However, when putting one self into the wild, things are no longer in their control (or was there ever anything really under their control).

I would recommend this book to those who love the outdoors or are looking for ways to heal from a loss.

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