• Title: Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World
  • Author: Leigh Ann Henion
  • ISBN: 9781594204715
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Phenomenal A Hesitant Adventurer s Search for Wonder in the Natural World One woman reclaims her sense of wonder by seeking out the globe s most incredible natural phenomena Heartfelt and awe inspiring Leigh Ann Henion s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and
    One woman reclaims her sense of wonder by seeking out the globe s most incredible natural phenomena Heartfelt and awe inspiring, Leigh Ann Henion s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and emotional transformation, a journey around the world that ultimately explores the depths of the human heart A journalist and young mother, Henion combines her own conflictedOne woman reclaims her sense of wonder by seeking out the globe s most incredible natural phenomena Heartfelt and awe inspiring, Leigh Ann Henion s Phenomenal is a moving tale of physical grandeur and emotional transformation, a journey around the world that ultimately explores the depths of the human heart A journalist and young mother, Henion combines her own conflicted but joyful experiences as a parent with a panoramic tour of the world s most extraordinary natural wonders.Phenomenal begins in hardship with Henion deeply shaken by the birth of her beloved son, shocked at the adversity a young mother faces with a newborn The lack of sleep, the shrinking social circle, the health difficulties, all collide and force Henion to ask hard questions about our accepted wisdom on parenting and the lives of women.Convinced that the greatest key to happiness both her own and that of her family lies in periodically allowing herself to venture into the wider world beyond home, Henion sets out on a global trek to rekindle her sense of wonder Henion s quest takes her far afield, but it swiftly teaches her that freedom is its own form of parenting, one that ultimately allows her to meet her son on his own terms with a visceral understanding of the wonder he experiences every day at the fresh new world Whether standing on the still burning volcanoes of Hawai i or in the fearsome lightning storms of Venezuela, in the vast animal movements of Tanzania or the elegant butterfly migrations of Mexico, Henion reveals in Phenomenal a world of sublimity and revelation Henion s spiritual wanderlust puts her in the path of modern day shamans, reindeer herders, and astrophysicists She meets laypeople from all over the world, from all walks of life, each going to great lengths to chase migrations, auroras, eclipses, and other phenomena These seekers trust their instincts, follow their passions, shape their days into the lives they most want to lead And somewhere along the way, Leigh Ann Henion becomes one of them A breathtaking memoir, Phenomenal reveals unforgettable truths about motherhood, spirituality, and the beauty of nature.

    One Reply to “Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World”

    1. If you love nature this book might interest you but only in a superficial way. I enjoyed reading about most of the natural phenomenon that Henion writes about however there’s not much more here. I also sympathize with the postpartum blues she went through after having her first child. She had a loving and responsible husband to leave her son with and grandparents as well who would help when Matt accompanied her to whatever site she traveled to and reported about but she still harps on her angs [...]

    2. More than a journey of the world’s phenomena, this book is an illumination of womanhood and motherhood. From a place where those definitions, those roles, are far too often left in the dark or misspelled in black and white, Leigh Ann Henion somehow seems to see the world in full color. She shines her flashlight, takes what we’ve been taught, and examines it closer, and what she finds is equally astounding as a year-round lightning storm or a bay where water glows. What she finds, sheds light [...]

    3. Last week I was not feeling great. Not sick, but I had lost motivation and was having a hard time just getting through the things I needed to do. I was supposed to read a depressing WWII book for my book club. Instead, I needed a pick-me-up. I remembered meeting Leigh Ann Henion at an author event in the spring. I am almost never influenced by authors to buy their books. My books are very carefully selected after I've read multiple reviews. But Ms. Henion was effervescent. Her enthusiasm and gle [...]

    4. Leigh Ann Henion's poetic and honest account of her winding journey is a view with a telescope, then a microscope, and then a mirror, in fluid alternation. That flow and ebb between perspectives allows for so many points of entry, and keeps the narrative moving. I found myself pausing to close my eyes and lift my face to the sky in kindred awe with her words, appreciation of this earth, this life, this stardust-strewn experience. I have travelled and tried to bring that wonder home, too. And yes [...]

    5. A travel book that gets a bit reflective at times about pursuing new experiences but mostly about drinking in the sights and local lore of places around the world. Not bad.

    6. It was great fun to witness these awe-inspiring phenomena vicariously through the author's travels! Very inspirational, and made me think about how to reintroduce wonder back into my life.

    7. Aptly named. This book is phenomenal. Henion is a on a quest or should I say many quests. She is a seeker. But what is she seeking? Is it the truth like the recently reissued X-Files? Perhaps. But she is a seeker of mystery and meaning. She beautifully blends the experience of travel with philosophy while she recounts her personal challenges. Great travel writing with soul. Reminds me of Pico Iyer or Bruce Chatwin. Also Kathleen Norris' Dakota: a Spiritual Geography. She is a seeker of phenomena [...]

    8. In my chat with Leigh Ann she said, "When something seems impossible, do it anyway."Check it out:beingandwriting/2

    9. This book made my mind sing with possibilities. Inspiring and beautifully written, I know that this book will be beloved by many!

    10. This was one of the books I packed when I left to walk across Spain: it seemed fitting, after all, to read about wonder when I was off on a pilgrimage.ExceptI got to page 153, thought about it, and left the book in Puente la Reina.* It turns out that reading about other people's adventures is not as interesting as having your own.There are a couple of things going on here. The first, of course, is Henion's quest to observe natural wonder in the world. The second is her struggle to make sure she [...]

    11. Parts of this book jumped off the page, grabbed my hand and made me want to choke on a sob because I connected so deeply with the author. I kept a journal of quotes for those moments. But then, there were other parts that felt dry - overthought and overeager to make connections. I get the intention of the backstory and the motivation to share all she has learned about each place and phenomena, but some parts left me cold (especially the chapter on Hawaii for some reason).Despite that, I gave the [...]

    12. If anyone is surprised that Author Leigh Ann Henion is the recipient of awards for her travel writing, they won't be after reading her book, "Phenomenal." The writing about this travel journey is nearly as wonderous as the phenomena she describes, however difficult it may be to encapsulate in words.For travelers, experiencing any one of the travels taken by the author would be noteworthy: an eclipse viewed from Australia, the migration of animals across the African plains, the Northern Lights vi [...]

    13. Leigh Ann Henion has always traveled but after the birth of her son, she’s not sure how her writing/traveling career will mesh. What follows is a journey to see the most phenomenal natural occurrences on earth. Starting with bioluminescence in Puerto Rico and ending with a full eclipse of the sun in Australia, Henion discovers natural wonders that most people only dream of seeing.It is not only through experiencing natural phenomenon but by talking to others who have also sought out that exper [...]

    14. I was so excited to learn I was a GoodReads winner for the book, "Phenomenal: A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world" by Leigh Ann Henion. Henion refused to believe that motherhood and marriage were the death sentence to adventure, but rather felt compelled to continue to seek the phenomenal wonders all around us to be a better wife and mother. We are all one with the universe and spirituality encompasses the whole world not only through natural wonders but all the people [...]

    15. "But maybe transcendence isn't about leaving. It's about being present. Life is a performance piece. Like dance and song, the art is in the process. Like hula and oli, the process is the prayer." Pg 89Wonderful book. If you love nature, travel, and are curious about the spiritual in nature, this is for you. I've also now added seeing the Aurora Borealis to my life list. And I must get back to Hawaii.

    16. A must read! I was so moved by this book that there were points where I was literally wiping tears from my eyes - a very rare occurrence for me. At points, I had a smile so big that my cheeks hurt! Leigh Ann writes in a way that captures the senses and pulls you in, making you feel as if you are right there with her! I was captivated from page 1 all the way to the end! 5 stars, no question about it!

    17. Mother, traveller, nature lover. I connected with this book on so many levels. My heart broke as Leigh Ann recounted that tumultuous period of early motherhood and soared as she experienced each of the phenomena she sought out in her search for wonder. A truly inspiring read. One that I'll be dipping back into again and again.

    18. Love the ideas explored here, how the experiences of witnessing the many awe inspiring phenomena are described and most of all, the way that Leigh Ann Henion relates to and attempts to understand them. Exactly for those reasons, this isn't just a travelogue but also an exploration of phenomenology. My first time coming across this term and I am already so very curious about it.

    19. I really enjoyed all of the descriptions of the adventures Leigh Ann had. It really made me want to travel more! Good book; definitely worth a read if you like to travel and enjoy nature.

    20. Loved this book, 5 stars, made me want to get out into nature. I identified with her being a reluctant adventurer, I loved the way she wrote about vibrations in Hawaii. Inspirational.

    21. I received this book for free in a giveaway. Well I definitely enjoyed all the places that the author went and totally appreciate a memoir so connected to nature. However I could not stand this lady, she is just trying way to hard to get everyone to like her and to find spiritual meaning in every experience that she has. This book has way too much info-dumping and many times her "researched facts" were really just people's opinions. She also gets super preachy about things she feels like modern [...]

    22. Henion writes about her trips to remote places around the world. Her goal is to obverse natural wonders and reflect on the adventure. There is also a second motive to find her own identity outside of our home life. The trips include a safari, ice hotel, eclipse, phosphorescent water and more. The places are exhibit beauty in different ways. Learning about the different locations was interesting.

    23. Henion is inspirational in her journey through this book. I want to experience all of these phenomena now. What really makes this book though is the insights she gains from her travels and the lessons she learns from the locals in each of these places (I especially liked the women in Hawai'i). If you just want to live vicariously then look elsewhere, and then just go on your own adventures.

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