Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild


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$29.00  $26.97
St. Martin's Press
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6.46 X 9.46 X 0.95 inches | 1.01 pounds
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About the Author

Brad Orsted's instinct for storytelling started early when someone gave him a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera as a child. Decades later Brad's passion for wildlife cinematography and photography would not only earn him work with top networks like: Nat Geo Wild, The BBC, PBS, Nature, and The Smithsonian Channel, but also become part of his recovery after the tragic death of his daughter, Marley.

Brad now resides in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he is hard at work on his second book and his wilderness therapy programs also called, Through the Wilderness. Brad's film with Jeff Bridges and Doug Peacock, "The Beast of Our Time" recently won Best Environmental Film Award at the prestigious L.A. Doc Film Festival. A second film is in the making. for more details, store and upcoming events.

Follow Brad on Instagram @brad_orsted and Through the Wilderness on Facebook!


"The spirit in this book is as enormous as the great land and great bears to which Orsted was directed. In converting pain--agony--into beauty, Orsted shares with us not just his great spirit, but that of the land that has taken him in and not so much re-made him as met him where he was, and where he is. A profound, troubling, soul-shattering book by a great artist, great spirit, great being. Through the Wilderness is an unshakably beautiful book." - Rick Bass, author, environmentalist

"Brad Orsted lives on the edge of Yellowstone's wilderness and for most of a decade has walked the narrow ridge between beauty and madness. Mortally wounded by the greatest of tragedies--the loss of a child--he is slowly pulled back into the human realm by wild beasts and the draw of the wild. It is a struggle. Wolves kill an elk in his backyard and feed on it for days; Brad watches. He stumbles into an isolated valley and meets a huge grizzly bear face to face. Suddenly he is jolted into the present with all his senses buzzing. He finds a pair of orphaned grizzly cubs who show him how to live again. Brad's story is the classic American tale of redemption. He has written bravely, with an unguarded heart, of this dangerous journey." - Doug Peacock, author, Green Beret, grizzly bear activist

"Through the Wilderness is as awe-inspiring and wild as the grizzly country it takes place in. Brad's journey through unthinkable tragedy and out into the healing light of nature is a message of love and hope for us all." - Kesha

"Harrowing... [a] haunting and deeply affecting memoir of surviving the unthinkable." - Wall Street Journal