Like Streams to the Ocean

Like Streams to the Ocean : Notes on Ego, Love, and the Things that Make Us who We Are

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A moving meditation on the hidden, sometimes difficult topics we must consider to live an authentic life, from the New York Times bestselling author of 'To Shake the Sleeping Self'.

We aren't born into a self. It is created without our consent, built on top of our circumstances, the off-handed comments we hear from others, and the moments that scared us most when we were young. But in the busyness of our daily life, we rarely get the chance to think clearly about the questions that matter most. Who am I? Where do I belong? How much of who I am and what I do boils down to avoiding the things that make me feel small? We tuck these questions into the corner of our minds, but they drive our behaviour far more than we give them credit for, even after we become adults.

Writing with the passion and clarity that made his debut, To Shake the Sleeping Self, a national bestseller, Jenkins makes space to explore the seven topics we must think about in order to live a deeply considered life: ego, family,work, love, nature, death, and the soul. He considers the experiences that shape us into who we are, whether they're as heart-pounding as a rafting trip through the whitewater of the Grand Canyon, or as ordinary as the moment when we look in the mirror each morning.

Through it all, Jenkins leads readers on a wide-ranging conversation about finding fulfilment in the people and
places around us, and discovering the courage to show our deepest selves to the world.

Like Streams to the Ocean is a profound reflection from one of our most original writers, a necessary read for anyone seeking a companion on the road to understanding.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 27.94mm | 381.02g
  • Convergent
  • United States
  • English
  • 059313723X
  • 9780593137239
  • 588,531

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"Jenkins's thoughts on ego, family, home, friendship, love, work, death and the soul include pithy ones like, 'It can be hard to tell the difference between an outcast and a pioneer,' and 'Your sense of self is built or broken by the company you keep.'"-The Washington Post, "10 Books to Read in February"

"Jedidiah Jenkins is a beautiful, attentively humane writer whose vivid prose comes suffused with the noble belief that words really do matter, and that through them we can know and be known. There is wisdom in this book, as well as something rarer still: the genuine and infectious faith that the good life-what the philosophers call flourishing-is attainable, and that one really can improve. I couldn't put these essays down."-Thomas Chatterton Williams, author of Self-Portrait in Black and White

"Like Streams to the Ocean is as inviting, wide-ranging, and philosophical as an all-night conversation with a best friend, and as revealing and thought-provoking as the diary of a curious adventurer."-Sasha Sagan, author of For Small Creatures Such as We

"It's rare to find the level of honesty and authenticity that Jenkins brings to his audience. In a world of constant noise, his storytelling is piercing in an almost familiar way. He's managed to home in on that single idea that we all relate to and truly make you feel a part of the experience. This is the type of storytelling the world needs more of."-Chris Burkard, award-winning photographer, author of At Glacier's End

Praise for To Shake the Sleeping Self

"With winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart. Every page of this book made me ache to know what happened next. Every chapter shimmered with truth. It's an unforgettable debut."-Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

"At once an adventure story and personal diary of the internal struggles and ultimate triumph of a deeply thoughtful gay man."-The Advocate
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About Jedidiah Jenkins

Jedidiah Jenkins is a travel writer, entrepreneur, and the New York Times bestselling author of To Shake the Sleeping Self. A graduate of USC and Pepperdine University School of Law, Jenkins began his professional career with the non profit Invisible Children, where he helped orchestrate multinational campaigns to end the use of child soldiers in central Africa. His parents, Peter and Barbara Jenkins, are the authors of the bestselling Walk Across America series. He is the executive editor of Wildernessmagazine. Jenkins's work has appeared in The Paris Review and Playboy, and he has been covered by National Geographic.
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