“Peaceful Warrior: Annish’s Journey” By Jan Porter
Moose Hide Books, 2011
Peaceful Warrior, the debut novella by Kawartha’s amazing Jan Porter, ordained minister, writer and community catalyst, is a coming-of-age tale for the youthful spirit in all of us. With her quirky prose style, Jan imagines a magical time and place, rich in indigenous knowledge and meaning. The young heroine Annish belongs to a tribal culture that lives in harmony with nature and honours the interconnectivity and sacredness of all life. She is in the process of discovering herself as an adult, and in recognizing her own unique path and power. Annish must summon the courage to defy the gender expectations of her community and express her true self as a Warrior-Hunter. She dreams Warrior dreams, petitions the Creator, communes with the Ancestors, speaks with the animal spirit helpers, creates her own songs, rituals and evocations - all without any teachings or instruction from the Hunter Society. Through her fiction Jan is reminding us of universal truth and that great gifts come to those who revere the balance of Mother Earth and embody their own authenticity. Ultimately, Annish receives powerful spiritual teachings linked to her ancestral lineage that honour her unique abilities and contributions, and define her place within the community and Great Wheel of Life. Coming into her power as “Peaceful Warrior Woman” Annish learns, as we all must, that the Way of the Heart is the only true path.
Book launches, signings and meet the author at “November Arts & Music Fest” Nov. 11 at the Craftsman Restaurant north of Apsley, Chapters Peterborough Nov. 12 and Titles Bookstore Peterborough Dec. 10. See Rev Jan’s website at www.inspiredsoulworks.com for details.
The Link magazine
"brilliant artwork sings of the power of the feminine soul and body. A song of protection and procreative power. A song of abundance.” Margot Van Sluytman/Raven Speaks, Palabras Press