Friday, November 12, 2010

Touching Spirit Bear

This is an okay book written by Ben Mikaelsen. Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage, and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Peter Driscal in the parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Peter may have permanent brain damage – and Cole is in the biggest trouble of his life. He receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by a mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for death. His thoughts shift from anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole’s body, but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul.

I am very disturbed by the image of someone having their head slammed into the ground. I sometimes think about what it would be like to be confronted by a large predator and what methods are available to protect yourself. There is a sequel called Ghost of Spirit Bear. Ben Mikaelsen owns a pet Black bear named Buffy, he saved from execution. The bear had its claw removed. Circle Justice is a Native American practice, originating in Canada, and practiced in Minnesota and some other Midwestern states.


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