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I was riveted by this book, had a hard time putting it down, and when I did, couldn't wait to get back into it. At the end I didn't want to say goodbye to the people I'd met and the lives I felt invited to share. —
Melissa Rhodes, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
A true story of three lives, three cultures and the search for heaven on Earth.
Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and of the resiliency of the human spirit.
"Birth in the Pure Land is an event that takes place while we are still living in this life…A student asked a teacher, 'A bird freed from the cage…what does he eat?' The teacher replies, “You come through the cage yourself, then I will tell you.” — D.T. Suzuki
With unflinching courage, Annette McGivney investigates the deep shadows of tragic, cyclical abuse. But Pure Land is a healing journey. McGivney’s open-hearted compassion imbues dignity on even the most troubled of our species. —
Ann Cummins, author of Yellowcake and Red Ant House
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McGivney does a masterful job weaving three life stories together making Pure Land a compelling saga that underscores the inestimable value of nurture and nature in shaping lives—for good and bad—and in the end, the incredible healing power of family love and wilderness. — Thomas Myers, author of Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
from Aquarius Press