Adventure Inward

A Risk Taker's Book of Quotes

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
220 Pages
Reviewed on 05/01/2014
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Author Biography

Author Jon Wunrow is a parent, husband, adventurer, grant writer, cabin builder, Tribal consultant, adolescent therapist, and Green Bay Packer fanatic who occasionally finds time to plan and enjoy extreme adventures all over the world.

In addition to pursuing his current goal of climbing the highest peak in every country in North, Central, and South America with his Australian climbing partner, he has also hiked the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, completed a two month canoe trip in Northern Canada, climbed Kilimanjaro with his son Seth, and has had adventures in dozens of countries around the world. Some of his country high points include Denali (Alaska), Sajama (Bolivia), Aconcagua (Argentina), Orizaba (Mexico), and Julianna Top (Suriname).

After living and raising his son in Sitka, Alaska for 16 years, the author now resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his amazing and supportive wife, Leslie.

Jon Wunrow is also the author of High Points: A Climber’s Guide to Central America (2012). Check out the author’s website at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker's Book of Quotes is written and compiled by Jonathan J. Wunrow. Wunrow is a mountain climber, one of those intrepid souls who crave extreme sports. Collecting risk-taker related quotes has been a hobby of his for most of his life. He's organized them for extreme sports fans and anyone else who's still alive and ready for adventure. While many of the quotes are from mountaineering greats such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, George Leigh Mallory, (and one is even taken from Robert Scott's diary found in the hut where he and his team died), other contributors are from all walks of life and cultures. There are quotes from Helen Keller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Robert Frost, Dante, and Barack Obama. In his introductions to each section, Wunrow discusses why some take extreme risks, how it impacts on their lives and the lives of their loved ones, and how taking risks can make one feel truly alive.

There are a lot of quotes in Jonathan J. Wunrow's remarkable collection and it won't matter if you've never even been near a mountain or risked edging the speedometer of your car a mile or two over the speed limit. There are quotes in here that will speak directly to you. Some will make you laugh while others, such as the above-mentioned passage from Scott's diary, will make you stop and think, reread, and consider the mindset of the man who wrote it. One passage strongly affected me and I was quite surprised to see the author was Mother Teresa. Wunrow suggests making copies of your favorites, or the ones that might inspire you to create your own adventure or thrill, and I intend on doing just that. This book is quite aptly titled for it is an adventure inward and an inspirational call to live life fully. Settle in for a read, and listen to the voices collected in Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker's Book of Quotes. They have a lot to say and it's all well worth hearing.

D.Donovan, Midwest Book R

Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker's Book of Quotes is primarily a pick for adventurers; but those non-adventurers who like taking personal risks will also find much here to appreciate. It comes from an adventurer and extreme sports enthusiast who has spent over thirty years mountaineering around the world, and who describes his life of adventure and how to remain open to life's possibilities.

Adventure Inward consists of inspirational and humorous quotes designed to get readers thinking about their own course in life, and it reaches its own summit in tacking the bigger questions of life purpose. Even if you're not a natural risk-taker, it will provoke reflections on life's meaning that ultimately lead to transitions and changes, and is dedicated "…to the dreamers, the risk takers, and to the misfits."

This is a big job, and it requires organization: there are literally many hundreds of quotes here, and without structure they could all too easily become lost or prove overwhelming. Jonathan Wunrow provides that essential structure in chapters that open with 'Why Play a Risky Game?' and move logically to 'Finding Your Path in Life', 'Hardships and What They Can Teach Us', and 'Family and Other Sacrifices'.

Each chapter comes packed with inspirational quotes from fellow adventurers and spiritual seekers, from Ram Das to Sir Edmund Hillary, and each section receives a fine introduction by Wunrow, who uses his personal experience to translate the process of change.

Thus a series of involving quotes ("It's not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves." Sir Edmund Hillary) are preceded (or followed) by Wunrow's own self-examination: "An even more important question is how do we define "good" and who gets to do the defining?...(sic) …the best risk takers are the fearless ones…Commitment, determination, and patience are key to dealing with the day-in and day-out mental, emotional and physical grind of training and participating in extreme sports."

And lest you think you need to be a sports enthusiast to properly absorb his adages, let it be said that the only prerequisite is an interest in self-growth and understanding life paths and transition points. If it's an inspirational and thought-provoking reader that's desired, packed with quotes and insights for personal advancement

Bri Bruce, Surfer and Aut

An excellent compilation of inspiring, humorous, and thought-provoking quotes sure to get anyone, no matter their hobbies, pastimes, or interests, thinking deeply about their world and what it means for us, as humans, to look inside ourselves. Each chapter is adorned with Wunrow's clear voice and unfailing insight into the human psyche in the presence of "risk" and the many ways this can be interpreted. . . . Wunrow has done a wonderful job writing and compiling this book. It will make an impression and spur you to thought.

Avery Griffin, Author of

A wonderful book. Adventure Inward does a great job of explaining many existential issues concerning life, death, and one's purpose. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like extreme sports and also to anyone interesting in contemplating life's mysteries.

Amanda Mac, Something to

I loved this book. It is surprisingly relevant to anyone’s life. A good quote can inspire, transcend, counter negative thoughts, help us dream, allow us to escape, validate our thinking and beliefs, and offer basic truths. The quotes, proverbs, and sayings Jonathan Wunrow has collected from people of all kinds during his years of mountain climbing experience can translate to life itself.