Into The Woods // Book Review


Into The Woods

Into the Woods is the title and theme for this assortment of short stories, poems, essays, music, and one walking meditation. Each piece is unique in tone and genre and the result is that the collection captures the fascinating, frightening, fun, healing, and fantastical wonder of time spent in the woods.

Most importantly the twenty-six contributors who attended Mindful Writers Retreats in the mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, are donating one hundred percent of the proceeds to support the research and work of The Children’s Heart Foundation.

Into The Woods


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Into The Woods Review

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book and I was really excited to get back into reviewing books. I must admit I haven’t read many books that are a collection of short stories so this was a refreshing change. Into The Woods is a fantastic collection of Stories, Poems and Essays from 26 contributors. It also includes music which is fantastic if like myself you are able to read music. I was literally hooked on this book from the first Story Eira. You can read an exert on that in this post. Each piece is so different and yet they all resonated with me in one way or another. I highly recommend this book to all, especially those who are finding life difficult at the moment. Finally, please remember 100% of the profits of this book are being donated to the Childrens Heart Foundation.

Book Excerpt


by Martha Swiss

I am alone in this place that is alive, anticipating the gift before me.

I open it slowly, with grateful breath, footsteps and heartbeats,

then thankfully sink into the purifying molecules of chlorophyll and humus.

I bask, now able to sense the purpose of ferns, snakeroot, noble trees and the creek that tumbles past my feet.

Crayfish pay me no mind in their muddy caverns.

Trees skyrocket overhead, on a mission.

Chipmunks skitter through leaf litter

and a kingfisher pounds its teal wings heading upstream.

I am dwarfed by the hillside vaulting from the floodplain. Boulders and saplings cling to its spine.

I am free to bathe here in clarified cells of cambium, xylem and phloem.

I wring my sponge in the generosity of flora.

The stream’s effervescence cleanses the tangled energy seeping from my pores.

I celebrate my fresh spirit with a confetti of scarlet, orange and yellow leaves that bob on the breast of the creek

as silently,

the trees disrobe.



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Into The Woods Mindful Writers Retreat Authors 

Into The Woods Authors in alphabetical order:

Lorraine Bonzelet, Wende Dikec, Teresa Futrick, Selah Gray, Hilary Hauck, Michele Zirkle, Eileen Enwright Hodgetts, Larry Ivkovich, Lori M. Jones, Kimberly Kurth-Gray, Laura Lovic-Lindsay, Ramona DeFelice Long, MaryAlice Meli, Gail Oare, Sher Pensiero, Kim Pierson, Cara Reinard, James Robinson, Jr., Larry Schardt, Linda K. Schmitmeyer
Carol Schoenig, Kathleen Shoop, Martha Swiss, Amy Walter, Madhu Bazaz Wangu, Denise Weaver

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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of the review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  1. Amy Walter July 13, 2018 / 12:54 am

    Thanks for the review. I am one of the poets featured in this anthology, and it’s wonderful to hear that all of our pieces, as different as they are, resonated with you in some way. The retreats were a magical time for me, and I truly believe the magic was reflected in our collective work.

  2. kathleen shoop July 13, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Thank you so very much for having Into the Woods be part of your re-entry into the read and review world! It was such a pleasure to work on this project and contribute a story and it’s a pleasure to hear that the result is pleasing to readers!!!

  3. Carol Schoenig July 13, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    Thank you for your kind review of Into the Woods. I am one of the many authors that contributed to the anthology. It’s nice to know that our musings of the time we’ve spent in the woods resonants with you. We hope other readers will feel the same way.

  4. Teresa Futrick July 14, 2018 / 1:22 am

    Laura, thank you for taking the time to read Into The Woods. It was delightful and exciting to read your review.

  5. Ellen Levickis July 15, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    When walking in woods I like to see birds and flowers

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