With endless reports of environmental and financial disaster, Family Planting offers a rare ray of hope. Kimerer LaMothe artfully weaves together philosophical vision and social criticism to create a work that opens new ways of seeing and being. This book is a pleasure to read and will leave you with questions we have been avoiding far too long.
Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University, author of Field Notes and After God
Sensuous and intriguing. LaMothe’s narrative of her family’s experiences alone is worth the read. It is so deliciously written, you could make a meal out of it.
Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers and Long Way on a Little.
This is a story that has been told before, of course, because moving to the country is a great fantasy and dream for many. But rarely has it been told with this kind of honesty and psychological insight. There’s a great deal to learn here, no matter where you live.
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Family Planting is a book about LOVE, and the dynamic, yearning, moving, painful, sublime truth of being human. LaMothe uses her own life in connection with the roots and branches of her own family tree as a laboratory for conscious living. Beautifully written and True.
Susan L. Franklin, Psy.D.
LaMothe has done it again and delivered yet another profound and exuberantly told book that interweaves her experiences of living on a farm with insights into relationships with parents, partners, and progeny. She offers a rich, deep, and accessible philosophy that is a joy to read and an inspiration to live by.
Colby Devitt, author
An incredibly loving and knowing heart beats on each page of this book. This is precisely what “waters” the roots of Kimerer LaMothe’s readers. Yes, Family Planting unearths deep roots of the human condition – we are an impulse to connect; love is the condition that enables us to become who we are; struggles and challenges are gateways to rebirth; we must practice, not merely know of, our connectivity to the natural world; the sprouting of the seed within all of us is quickened by bodily movement: movement creates and recreates who we are! All of these and more. Yet, ultimately, it is LaMothe’s heart that makes all the difference. She shares nothing that her heart does not know. It is this that enables her readers to find themselves – to root themselves – in her timeless wisdom and to then emerge into a rejuvenating and vibrant life-enabling world. LaMothe’s heartful language is like dew that refreshes the morning in us all.
Gay Lynch, Ph.D., Dominican College