Without a Map: A Caregiver’s Journey through the Wilderness of Heart and Mind

From the Introduction

When I fell into step with my Dad’s journey with dementia, I did not have any idea where we were going, how we would get there, or what we would encounter. But we would travel together with attention to the moments that would arise along the way.

Dedicated to my family and to the grace that awakens in the heart of giving and receiving

profoundly inspiring and useful

Without a Map measures up to my sense of what makes a book not just good but superb. In Lisa Steele-Maley’s graceful prose—which is a joy to read—you see a fine mind and a loving heart at work. Her use of her frequent forays into the wilderness as a metaphor for her journey with her beloved father thru the thickets of Alzheimer’s disease gave me more guidance than I received from learning science-based “tips, tricks, and techniques” as I tried to accompany my mother on the same journey. And the take-away lessons to be learned from this real-life story are treasures in themselves. E.g., “Caring for, loving, and grieving for my Dad has heightened my resolve to live a life of intention and meaning”—the final lesson from a father who had already taught his daughter well. I finished the book with a more understanding heart, more courage (at age 80) to face into my own old age, and with a smile on my face: While it's true that there is no map for the perplexing journey with a loved one lost in Alzheimer’s disease, Lisa Steele-Maley in this beautiful book has provided us with a metaphorical map that I found profoundly inspiring and useful. I believe that you will, too.

Parker J. Palmer Author of On the Brink of Everything, Let your Life Speak and more

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