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Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life and the Wildernes

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Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life and the Wilderness, by Scott C. Hammond, Ph.D., published by iUniverse, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4759-8871-0; 978-1-4759-8870-3; 978-1-4759-8872-7, 224 pgs. $15.95

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This is by far one of the most intriguing books that I have read. It illustrates how many people are “lost” and some do not realize that they are lost. Hammond, who is a member of Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs, explains that being lost is not where you are but how you are mentally. He gives us accounts of people lost in the wilderness and compares it to being lost in life by explaining the emotional and psychological aspect of being lost. But he does not stop there; he goes on to tell us about being found, and having hope. He weaves together all of these aspects of being lost, how to recover and what makes the difference between people who survive and those who do not.

Not only is the book informative, but it is an easy and entertaining read. There are many examples that compare search missions and the missing person’s behavior with people who are emotionally lost. It is interesting to read about the mental stages that people who are lost go through and how they overcome their situation. Hammond tells us about people who do not want to be found, how being isolated is the same as being lost. He goes on to say that being lost is not a geographic problem, but a mental and spiritual problem. Lost people are first deprived of meaning.

“The wilderness can be unforgiving and dangerous, yet fill our souls with awe and wonder. It can overwhelm us with beauty and stun us with fear, lift our spirits to the highest highs and send us crashing to the floor of creation. The wilderness is a classroom where we learn to survive, thrive and sometimes die.
At some point in our lives, we have all been lost in a wilderness of some kind-whether literal or metaphorical-without any direction on how to find our way back home. Some have faced survival decisions in community disasters or personal trauma. Some have been lost in work, wandered in careers and professions. Some have been lost in relationships, crippling addictions, health challenges, or grief.” Scott Hammond

The book is broken down into three main parts, Lost, Found, Hope. I feel that this book is a must read for everyone. If you are not one of the lost in life, you most likely know someone who is and this book will help you understand the concept of being lost as well as give you the tools you need to help those who are lost.

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