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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Past, Present, Future: Stories That Haunt by the award-winning and influential Ian Prattis is one of the best books on the environment and future survival that I've ever read. I think it's because this author seems to be writing from the heart and the head. Prattis takes the message beyond the numbing, ineffective information in the media to the reality of it. When he says he wrote this book because he had to, you believe him. He feels a deep responsibility to connect with readers and help them understand the urgency of his message: a message that can be our own message if we allow it to be. Climate emergency will become as real as the word "pandemic" has become. He hopes his ideas will be rooted within the reader and stay. You'll note that Indigenous Wisdom streams throughout the text, and this elevates this book higher than an environmental cause.
I like many things about this book. One is that it isn't a textbook, although it could easily be used as one. It isn't wall-to-wall facts and figures. It breathes. It has life. It has energy. And this is partly due to the presentation of the content in essays, stories, poems, opinions, etc. The narrative is lyrical and well-written, and this book puts a human, literary, aesthetic face on the future, not just covering it in environmental, scientific, political, or economic jargon. I also like the spiritual aspect of the writing and his attention to nature, love, and beauty. My takeaway is that we are too busy with life to realize what we are doing to our future and may reach a point of no return. The author points out that one way to reverse the course is to reconnect with the spiritual side of life, the planet, and our resources. Past, Present, Future: Stories That Haunt by Ian Prattis will leave an imprint on your psyche that could change the way you think about the environment.