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Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that cont Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that contribute to both successful lion tracking and a life of fulfillment. When we join Boyd Varty and his two friends tracking lions, we are immersed in the South African bush, and, although we learn some of the skills required for actual tracking, the takeaways are the strategies that can be applied to our everyday lives. Trackers learn how to use all of their senses to read the environment and enter into a state of “greater aliveness.” When we learn to find and follow our inner tracks, we learn to see what is deeply important to us. In the same way the trip in the classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was a vehicle to examine how to live out our values, the story of this one-day adventure—with danger and suspense along the way—uses the ancient art of tracking to convey profound lessons on how to live a purposeful, meaningful life of greater harmony.


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Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that cont Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that contribute to both successful lion tracking and a life of fulfillment. When we join Boyd Varty and his two friends tracking lions, we are immersed in the South African bush, and, although we learn some of the skills required for actual tracking, the takeaways are the strategies that can be applied to our everyday lives. Trackers learn how to use all of their senses to read the environment and enter into a state of “greater aliveness.” When we learn to find and follow our inner tracks, we learn to see what is deeply important to us. In the same way the trip in the classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was a vehicle to examine how to live out our values, the story of this one-day adventure—with danger and suspense along the way—uses the ancient art of tracking to convey profound lessons on how to live a purposeful, meaningful life of greater harmony.

30 review for The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Stepper

    Riveting storytelling with a simple but powerful and convincing message. Enjoyable and insightful. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking to find their way and “get on track.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This is one of those books that is important to the life of each individual and our society as a whole. Such powerful lessons that apply to all aspects of life. Read it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    James

    Boyd Varty is a life coach who also works as a lion tracker, tracking big game on a nature preserve so tourists can see them on safari. In this book, he merges the two careers, describing a particular tracking while extrapolating life lessons about purpose, confidence, and knowledge for himself and others. An entertaining adventure story that reminds the reader about what being alive means. [I received an advanced e-galley through Netgalley. The book is due to be released November 22, 2019.]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fried Meulders

    I want to give this more than 3/5. But can't give it a 4. I'm a fan of Boyd. I'm a fan of the tracking mindset & metaphors. I'm a fan of Boyd's stories when I hear him tell them (e.g. in his appearance in the Invest Like The Best podcast). But reading it just wasn't the same as hearing it I want to give this more than 3/5. But can't give it a 4. I'm a fan of Boyd. I'm a fan of the tracking mindset & metaphors. I'm a fan of Boyd's stories when I hear him tell them (e.g. in his appearance in the Invest Like The Best podcast). But reading it just wasn't the same as hearing it

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    This fairly short book is an enjoyable and informative read. The author, Boyd Varty, merges two worlds as an experienced African tracker and a Master Life Coach. I found the tracking interesting although it was only a day in the life of a tracker. The Life Coach approach shrouds a solid philosophy in a bit of 'feel good' mysticism that to me isn't needed since nature is wonderful enough and the universe is far less interested in the individual than we are in ourselves. Still there are worthwhile This fairly short book is an enjoyable and informative read. The author, Boyd Varty, merges two worlds as an experienced African tracker and a Master Life Coach. I found the tracking interesting although it was only a day in the life of a tracker. The Life Coach approach shrouds a solid philosophy in a bit of 'feel good' mysticism that to me isn't needed since nature is wonderful enough and the universe is far less interested in the individual than we are in ourselves. Still there are worthwhile truths here in that immersion in nature offers an incredibly meaningful experience; there's a lot going on in nature that takes time and training to fully learn and appreciate; and we all need a bit of danger to feel alive. This book also has valuable guidance shown in keeping focus and working together. Mr. Varty is not a solo tracker but gives equal, if not more credit, to his two companions on the hunt (to view) the lions and how valuable their experience and mentoring are. I liked this book and rate at 3 stars. Even though the stories spanned more than one day of tracking, this was just a little too handy by showing only one day. The burning of overused scrub land to bring back the actual plant life and native wildlife is explained much better in another book I'm reading about Missouri state parks. No how'd-he-do-that there - just a straightforward plan that works well just like in South Africa.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chels Patterson

    This is a wonderful book! I listened to it intently on a relatively short road trip. Rather than being a self help or solely a memoir self help book. We follow the author and two of his mentors/ friends as they track a lion for the game reserves’ clients. Along the journey the author imparts wisdom of reconnecting not only to nature but to following intently something you want but do not know where it will lead. There are many good lines such as just find the next track, and once’s you’ve done tha This is a wonderful book! I listened to it intently on a relatively short road trip. Rather than being a self help or solely a memoir self help book. We follow the author and two of his mentors/ friends as they track a lion for the game reserves’ clients. Along the journey the author imparts wisdom of reconnecting not only to nature but to following intently something you want but do not know where it will lead. There are many good lines such as just find the next track, and once’s you’ve done that, fine the next next track. Or the saying “I don’t know where I’m going but I know how to get there” they both seem not practice in the long wrong but that’s only because of social queues and practices that make us think we must have it all planned then execute. The author speaks at length about people waiting for a better moment, a break, retirement, before doing what they really want or need. And whilst they wait they are not present in their own life. Besides the global find your thing and do it, there are also great little ways of being. Such as the older man’s saying of, “what’s going on there?” Instead of “look what’s happening over there!” The former invite interest, curiosity and education. The other is a lesson or worse a command. This book is not all self help, it don’t give tips or what you should do, just tells you to be aware of your own life. Track what makes you happy, and notice what doesn’t.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    While I could have read this book in one sitting, I took my time to absorb and enjoy it between bouts of LIFE happening. Boyd takes us on a day of tracking a lion along with a couple of more veteran trackers. He shows us that this is not a start to finish trail, rather a start until the trail is lost, then find the trail again and continue to move forward. Such is the course of life. You can not quit each time you lose your way. You must remain vigilant and persistent. Keep your eyes and ears op While I could have read this book in one sitting, I took my time to absorb and enjoy it between bouts of LIFE happening. Boyd takes us on a day of tracking a lion along with a couple of more veteran trackers. He shows us that this is not a start to finish trail, rather a start until the trail is lost, then find the trail again and continue to move forward. Such is the course of life. You can not quit each time you lose your way. You must remain vigilant and persistent. Keep your eyes and ears open (use ALL of your senses) and not give up in your pursuit. I had actually written what I considered a more complete review but rather than do it "old school" with pen and paper, it was lost when I hit the save button. I give this book a 4.5 rating on a 5 point scale. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me a copy to read and review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kim Cabrera

    Boyd Varty is a tracker. In this book, he tracks a pride of lions in Londolozi, in South Africa. Along the way, he teaches some life lessons for the reader. Londolozi is a private game reserve founded by Varty’s family. He works there with other trackers who take tourists out to see the wildlife. The land is preserved for this purpose, and the animals are not hunted. This book is the story of one such adventure, where Boyd and two other trackers follow a pride of lions. Boyd, along with trackers Boyd Varty is a tracker. In this book, he tracks a pride of lions in Londolozi, in South Africa. Along the way, he teaches some life lessons for the reader. Londolozi is a private game reserve founded by Varty’s family. He works there with other trackers who take tourists out to see the wildlife. The land is preserved for this purpose, and the animals are not hunted. This book is the story of one such adventure, where Boyd and two other trackers follow a pride of lions. Boyd, along with trackers Renias Mhlongo and Alex van der Heever (co-founders of the Tracker Academy), encounter a lion trail. Their job as trackers is to let the guides know where the lions are so that the tourists can also be taken to see them. So, they set off to trail the lions. The book follows this trailing session throughout all the chapters. Interspersed with the tracking story are some life lessons and tips that Boyd has picked up along the way. So, in a way, the book is two stories. One is the trailing of the lions. The other is the lessons learned by the tracker and how these apply to life. Boyd draws parallels between the experience of tracking out in nature and general life lessons. He is a life coach and a speaker who has traveled the world to share these lessons. He has also tracked with some of the best trackers in the world. As a tracker myself, this reviewer may be slightly biased. I wanted to read this book mostly for the tracking stories from Londolozi. I met Alex in 2006 when I hosted an international tracking conference in California. One of the stories related in the book is how Renias saved him from a charging animal. I remember him telling that story in 2006 and it was pretty exciting how he reenacted it! So, for me, reading the trailing of the lion pride was the best part of the book. But, my perspective differs from the average reader due to my tracking background. Others may approach this book as simply a self-help book with a cool story about tracking lions thrown in. For me, that story was the best part of the book. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the life lessons that Boyd taught along the way. But, that wasn’t my main focal point in reading this book. It is a relatively short book, but there are some great ink illustrations inside that are worth a look. And, you can’t beat the tracking story! If you learn some cool life tips along the way, then it’s time well-spent. I highly recommend it! Even if you are not a tracker, you will get something out of this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    A Slight Inkling

    Overview Boyd Varty is a life coach, author, and tracker among many other things. The book is his attempt to explain how trackers find lions in the South African Wilderness and how we can apply these techniques to our modern day life in order to “track” and find our purpose. Lion tracking is simply being used as a metaphor for life in general. Pros It is both a memoir and self help book. Varty tells an interesting story about tracking lions through the South African Wilderness. It keeps you reading Overview Boyd Varty is a life coach, author, and tracker among many other things. The book is his attempt to explain how trackers find lions in the South African Wilderness and how we can apply these techniques to our modern day life in order to “track” and find our purpose. Lion tracking is simply being used as a metaphor for life in general. Pros It is both a memoir and self help book. Varty tells an interesting story about tracking lions through the South African Wilderness. It keeps you reading and shows you the parallels between tracking in the wilderness and “tracking” in modern society. For example, the tracks are not always clear and are often hard to follow in the wilderness. Our path in modern society is the same. Other advice is given in similar ways and the book doesn’t drag on as it is relatively short. Cons The portions of this book that were actually about tracking were far more entertaining than the advice that accompanied it. This is because the advice was very general akin to follow your dreams and you can’t go wrong. The advice itself was pretty sound but was rather lackluster. He talks about how the wilderness and nature can be healing but never really expands on it in depth. The book had the potential to show how nature can help us improve ourselves. Unfortunately, it did this on a very basic level. Should you Read It Yes give it a try. It’s rather short and tells an interesting story about lion tracking. I am not typically a fan of self-help books but this was a bit different as it was combined with a good story. A problem I often have with self-help books is the author is the “expert” and it often can come off as egotistical. Varty is accompanied by two expert trackers and acknowledges that their skill and experience is the only reason he is able to keep on the tracks. A solid read overall. My Blog: https://aslightinkling.com/2021/01/05... Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USrGW...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Boyd Varty’s The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life nods at Robert Zapolsky’s Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers with its similar indictment of modern life as empty, draining, burdensome, tense, disconnected, and purposeless. Written by a life coach and lion tracker, the book conjures the South African bush through images of acacia thorn, the call of the eagle owl, and the wonder of the lion. Because of its emphasis on male relationships (it investigates both mentors and the lingering ghost of the father’s l Boyd Varty’s The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life nods at Robert Zapolsky’s Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers with its similar indictment of modern life as empty, draining, burdensome, tense, disconnected, and purposeless. Written by a life coach and lion tracker, the book conjures the South African bush through images of acacia thorn, the call of the eagle owl, and the wonder of the lion. Because of its emphasis on male relationships (it investigates both mentors and the lingering ghost of the father’s legacy), this title may be of more interest to male readers than to women. Painting a picture of the trackers who have mentored him, Varty acknowledges the racial tensions that exist in South Africa; he writes that: “[another, white tracker’s] respect for language and culture is an act of embodied healing.” A small moment in the text, but one wishes these “embodied” acts might be exported! Varty contrasts a modern life with the lessons of the wilderness. These include living in relation, reading tracks for “mood, movement, and cadence,” beauty in impermanence, and making moments of loss moments of discovery rather than despair. Some of the language verges on poetic and the author has a clear passion for the wilderness. The final chapter feels like a motivational speech and is very powerful. However, the book exhorts readers to “live an authentic life infused with meaning,” but fails to offer much in the way of guidance. Though the idea of tracking is clearly meant to be metaphorical, the reader who lacks the means to escape to literal wilderness may be left with questions about how, exactly, to implement Varty’s instructions.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Hartwig

    Spoiler alert! Really enjoyed this self-help book which espouses "tracking" your way to what you should be doing with your life, particularly if you're feeling unsatisfied or unfulfilled. Tracking is instinctual, you're doing it when you lose yourself in what you're doing, flow-like. A way to live a better life is to do more of what you enjoy in this immersive way, and less of what you don't. It's a simple, powerful message. Boyd's qualified to give us this message. He's a trained and certified Spoiler alert! Really enjoyed this self-help book which espouses "tracking" your way to what you should be doing with your life, particularly if you're feeling unsatisfied or unfulfilled. Tracking is instinctual, you're doing it when you lose yourself in what you're doing, flow-like. A way to live a better life is to do more of what you enjoy in this immersive way, and less of what you don't. It's a simple, powerful message. Boyd's qualified to give us this message. He's a trained and certified life-coach. He grew up partially on the South African preserve his family owns and manages. He's an actual wildlife tracker, though admittedly not a master. What makes the book such a good read is that Boyd's message is delivered through his recounting of an actual lion-tracking excursion. His descriptions of the outing flow easily and are vivid, the preserve comes alive and is apparently chock full of interesting animals. We hear about leopards, elephants, hippos, eagles, rhinos, and monkey's just to name a few. In addition, Boyd's companions Alex and Renias are well drawn and interesting. Alex is skilled, more than a little chippy. Renias is a Shangaan, and a master tracker, the embodiment of the lifestyle. Renias brings fun, focus, and a near mystical Presence with him wherever he goes. This book's absolutely worth the read. You'll enjoy the outing, and be reminded to listen to yourself, act naturally, and enjoy the times of your life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Francis Tapon

    I interviewed the author for my WanderLearn podcast about this book. So perhaps I am a bit biased. Still, I like to judge every book by what it promises on its back cover. This is a short book. It's only 135 pages. It has about 15 illustrations. I took a photo of a few of them. And I hope my photos are helpful in giving you an idea of the size of the book. The book's concept is quite simple. It's a day in the life of a lion tracker. The author draws analogies between what a lion tracker does and wh I interviewed the author for my WanderLearn podcast about this book. So perhaps I am a bit biased. Still, I like to judge every book by what it promises on its back cover. This is a short book. It's only 135 pages. It has about 15 illustrations. I took a photo of a few of them. And I hope my photos are helpful in giving you an idea of the size of the book. The book's concept is quite simple. It's a day in the life of a lion tracker. The author draws analogies between what a lion tracker does and what we ought to do in our everyday life. He uses lion tracking as a metaphor for a smart way to live. He is a certified Master life coach and TED speaker. My best advice is the same advice I give for almost any book, which is that you should read the sample that is available on Amazon. If the first couple of pages don't grab you, then the book will probably not be for you. Self-help books hit people in different ways mainly because it just depends on what stage of life you are in. When you are in the mood and ready to receive the wisdom and advice of a self-help book, you'll probably love it. If you are feeling cynical or bitter, then you will probably hate it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    MV

    This was a nice little book that I liked well enough, overall. It meshes stories from a day in the lives of the author and two friends who are lion trackers on a game reserve in South Africa (not for hunting - tracking the lions so that guides know where to find them on sightseeing tours). There are related lessons to take from each chapter. At times the book has a magical feel. However, many other times I felt it was vague and I wanted it to "grab" me more - I would have liked more detail and b This was a nice little book that I liked well enough, overall. It meshes stories from a day in the lives of the author and two friends who are lion trackers on a game reserve in South Africa (not for hunting - tracking the lions so that guides know where to find them on sightseeing tours). There are related lessons to take from each chapter. At times the book has a magical feel. However, many other times I felt it was vague and I wanted it to "grab" me more - I would have liked more detail and background on the tracking, and more concrete steps on how to move forward with these thoughts. The overall lesson is to track down what makes you happy and bring more of that into your life, while removing things from your life that don't make you feel good. In order to do those things in the first place, you must be open, listening and paying attention. The black and white illustrations were very nice, and I do have a renewed eagerness to visit this part of Africa whenever we are no longer in a global pandemic.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I love Boyd's positive energy and sincerity. I love his maturity and his utter lack of pseudo-machismo so typical of Westernized males. I love his message about finding your own purpose, becoming a "tracker" of your own life. And the one-day tracking adventure with his two mentors was enthralling. Overall a satisfying read. My only complaint: The book is aptly titled, but I can't help wanting more specific details about the tracking life, and about his friends and their lives in general. Those d I love Boyd's positive energy and sincerity. I love his maturity and his utter lack of pseudo-machismo so typical of Westernized males. I love his message about finding your own purpose, becoming a "tracker" of your own life. And the one-day tracking adventure with his two mentors was enthralling. Overall a satisfying read. My only complaint: The book is aptly titled, but I can't help wanting more specific details about the tracking life, and about his friends and their lives in general. Those details are what bring his main concepts to life. He got a bit repetitive here and there, talking about tracking or life coaching or wildness or finding meaning in too-general terms which didn't do much for me. But that may be because I read a lot of books in the "spiritual" or "self-help" genre.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I listened to the audible version and am considering buying it for my Kindle as well as it's difficult to highlight and ponder an idea while listening to an audio book and driving. Boyd discusses what a lion tracker does and what we ought to do in our everyday life. "Track what makes you feel good and bring more of it into your life. Notice what makes you feel lousy and do less of it." "Just find the next track, and once’ you’ve done that, find the next one." You don't have to have everything fig I listened to the audible version and am considering buying it for my Kindle as well as it's difficult to highlight and ponder an idea while listening to an audio book and driving. Boyd discusses what a lion tracker does and what we ought to do in our everyday life. "Track what makes you feel good and bring more of it into your life. Notice what makes you feel lousy and do less of it." "Just find the next track, and once’ you’ve done that, find the next one." You don't have to have everything figured out but you will generate great energy if you're able to merge your work, mission and meaning. Boyd asks "If you were born in the wilderness with no social conditioning, what would you be? Who would you be?" A very interesting question....one I had never really considered before!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mikey

    Well the ironies just keep coming. On a trip to the book store that I told myself I didn't need to take, I stumbled upon this book. Small & thin, I'd normally pass it by, but the name on the binding slammed me to a stop. The author of another book that made me really stop and take a step back. To reevaluate some things in my life, and edge me closer to where I always felt I should be. Now this book about following that inner track, while following a physical track, has steered me closer still, a Well the ironies just keep coming. On a trip to the book store that I told myself I didn't need to take, I stumbled upon this book. Small & thin, I'd normally pass it by, but the name on the binding slammed me to a stop. The author of another book that made me really stop and take a step back. To reevaluate some things in my life, and edge me closer to where I always felt I should be. Now this book about following that inner track, while following a physical track, has steered me closer still, and to needed action. If you've ever felt unsure, unfocused, or just out of sorts, then this book may help. You don't have to love wild animals or the wilderness to appreciate it, but it'll damn sure help.... and maybe it'll show YOU a track you never knew was there ;)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anupriya Singhal

    Very differently written & very interesting. Super breezy read, written in very simple english that makes it even easier to read at one go. Its one of those books that makes you go wife eyed in places and marvel at something being someone’s life experience and also how that experience while being quite specific (as its an incident), can actually be used as a metaphor, analogy or even a life coaching experience with vast possibilities and interpretations. “But the tracker’s instinct is to always Very differently written & very interesting. Super breezy read, written in very simple english that makes it even easier to read at one go. Its one of those books that makes you go wife eyed in places and marvel at something being someone’s life experience and also how that experience while being quite specific (as its an incident), can actually be used as a metaphor, analogy or even a life coaching experience with vast possibilities and interpretations. “But the tracker’s instinct is to always go into the unknown. We live with an intense curiousity. It is the means by which life pulls us to a destiny bigger than what we could have imagined for ourselves” “I don’t know where we are going but I know exactly how to get there”

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    just wanted to write a brief review of this book - i'm not shocked that i loved this book. It features a lot of wisdom and made me think. I think that the connection Varty makes between himself (and Renias and Alex) tracking a lion and the way we could live our lives was really insightful and made me think really critically about how easy it is to ignore my natural instincts for what I believe I'm supposed to desire. In a time in my life when I have to make decisions about the future, what I want just wanted to write a brief review of this book - i'm not shocked that i loved this book. It features a lot of wisdom and made me think. I think that the connection Varty makes between himself (and Renias and Alex) tracking a lion and the way we could live our lives was really insightful and made me think really critically about how easy it is to ignore my natural instincts for what I believe I'm supposed to desire. In a time in my life when I have to make decisions about the future, what I want, what I need, this book was a wake up to how important it is for me to listen to and trust my own instincts, and learn to listen to them, and truly listen and look for what tracks call for me in life. It's a short and easy read, and my copy featured some beautiful illustrations!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    This is really a 3.5 rounded up. I enjoyed learning the aspects of big-game tracking that I knew nothing about. I can see how Varty uses these lessons with the people he is engaged with as a life coach. At a different point in my life, this may have been a true 4 or even 4.5 for me. Fortunately, Or unfortunately, I've already learned some of these lessons and applications through my observations of life. I was particularly interested in his observations on healing from trauma and am still ponder This is really a 3.5 rounded up. I enjoyed learning the aspects of big-game tracking that I knew nothing about. I can see how Varty uses these lessons with the people he is engaged with as a life coach. At a different point in my life, this may have been a true 4 or even 4.5 for me. Fortunately, Or unfortunately, I've already learned some of these lessons and applications through my observations of life. I was particularly interested in his observations on healing from trauma and am still pondering that several days after completing the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    "Boyd Varty is a lion tracker by trade, for a no-hunt safari operation in South Africa. Through his work out there in the bush, tracking the most dangerous animals, as well as his work as a shaman, he has an immense amount of wisdom to share to put you on the track of your life. He’s come face-to-face with lions, been partially eaten by a crocodile, and assisted in healing countless people in medicinal ceremony. Boyd is an undiscovered force for good in this world and he has some great stories a "Boyd Varty is a lion tracker by trade, for a no-hunt safari operation in South Africa. Through his work out there in the bush, tracking the most dangerous animals, as well as his work as a shaman, he has an immense amount of wisdom to share to put you on the track of your life. He’s come face-to-face with lions, been partially eaten by a crocodile, and assisted in healing countless people in medicinal ceremony. Boyd is an undiscovered force for good in this world and he has some great stories and a beautiful message that can help people track their life path."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    "I don't know where we are going but I know exactly how to get there." I really enjoyed the distillation of life lessons from the ancient art of tracking in "The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life". Though non-fiction, reading this reminded me fondly of Norman Maclean's seminal "A River Runs Through It", especially in how tracking—like fly fishing—serves as a literal art in the natural world, as well as metaphor and guide to all areas of life. Highly recommended. "I don't know where we are going but I know exactly how to get there." I really enjoyed the distillation of life lessons from the ancient art of tracking in "The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life". Though non-fiction, reading this reminded me fondly of Norman Maclean's seminal "A River Runs Through It", especially in how tracking—like fly fishing—serves as a literal art in the natural world, as well as metaphor and guide to all areas of life. Highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul Glanting

    I’m usually hesitant about motivational books but I’m a sucker for any book that explores animals and their proximity to humans. In this regard Varty’s literal lion tracking serves as not just a motivational metaphor but also a very literal call to pay attention to nature as well as our own li links to it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    "One of the great dangers of my life would be to live without danger. In our encounters with the edges, we come to know ourselves more deeply." I did not want to love this book. It crept into me and I've already re-read it, five days since first opening it. Self-help books are not my genre. Yet here I am, mesmerized by this little book. You might like it, too. "One of the great dangers of my life would be to live without danger. In our encounters with the edges, we come to know ourselves more deeply." I did not want to love this book. It crept into me and I've already re-read it, five days since first opening it. Self-help books are not my genre. Yet here I am, mesmerized by this little book. You might like it, too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This tiny book is packed with age-old wisdom within the context of a vibrant, enthralling story. Varty has his way with words that hit you to the core. I didn't expect this book to be almost self-help in its nature, but it is the most unassuming, down-to-earth "self-help" book you could get your hands on. I see myself referring back to this guide to life throughout my lifetime. This tiny book is packed with age-old wisdom within the context of a vibrant, enthralling story. Varty has his way with words that hit you to the core. I didn't expect this book to be almost self-help in its nature, but it is the most unassuming, down-to-earth "self-help" book you could get your hands on. I see myself referring back to this guide to life throughout my lifetime.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bakertyl

    A short read, using the story of tracking a lion as a metaphor for life. The structure reminds me of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, as multiple stories overlap to create the metaphor. Well written and organized, a good read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    A book that mainly focuses on a day of tracking lions in Africa, not for hunting, but for the safaris to know where to go. The author applies the lessons of tracking to his own life and teaches others to do the same. Find your own track and you will find peace and happiness.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melinda M

    The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life by Boyd Vartyts takes lessons for lion tracking into life. He uses the lesson and transfers them to life. It is interesting. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway. The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life by Boyd Vartyts takes lessons for lion tracking into life. He uses the lesson and transfers them to life. It is interesting. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dunkelheit

    By far the best 100-pages book I have read in years. One of those rare books that appear in your life just at the precise moment. SUMMARY: Find your first track in life. Find your next first track. Repeat.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stevens

    Books that move you come by infrequently. This is one of those books. I will read this book often and try to capture a new learning every time. The book was well written and it beautifully articulates the context that we all are searching for as we grow and mature.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Prajwal

    Summary is: be alive and experience every moment, recognize your wild self, keep picking first tracks, and you'll enjoy the journey as much as the destination. But the tracker story in the background makes for a fun read and inspires me to go back into nature. Would recommend. Summary is: be alive and experience every moment, recognize your wild self, keep picking first tracks, and you'll enjoy the journey as much as the destination. But the tracker story in the background makes for a fun read and inspires me to go back into nature. Would recommend.

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