Whispers in the Wilderness (temporarily out of print)

2018 Benjamin Franklin Award

Whispers in the Wilderness is unlike any other book you've ever read. The photos within it speak as much as the words themselves, leading us to deep unexplored places inside us. Many have found this book to be a helpful companion during times of crisis and uncertainty as it helps us refocus on the things that are truly important. All who feel the mysterious pull of nature will find that this book puts those feelings into words.

Many of us spend a great deal of our time dreaming about our next trip to the mountains, whether for a weekend getaway or our yearly vacation. We hear within that deep inexplicable pull toward the wilderness and would agree with John Muir, who said: "The mountains are calling and I must go." We sense that in the wild we are touching the edge of something that is both wonderful and mysterious.

In this beautiful hardcover book, author and photographer Erik Stensland reflects on his own experience of wilderness and how it seems to call all of us towards healing and wholeness. Through short articles paired with stunning imagery he uses nature to help us connect with our inner self.

Whispers in the Wilderness invites us to explore this longing we have for the wilderness. The author suggests that this longing is itself the trail head for a journey to wholeness. On each page he encourages us to go deeper within ourselves and discover the healing that nature is offering.

This is a beautifully bound hardcover book featuring many of Erik Stensland's most stunning photos of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 6.5" x 8.5" with 176 pages printed in the highest quality. ISBN: 978-0-99969626-6-7

The book is profound in its wisdom and beauty. I did not anticipate the depth of feeling and connection expressed by the author in each of the different areas covered. It is not a book to be read quickly or lightly and is very thought provoking, inviting the reader to also search his/her own experiences and perspectives. It is a book that shares the author's viewpoints while inviting the reader to find his/her own truth and future paths of personal growth. It is very well done.

- Independent Book Publishers Association reviewer

In the video below you can listen to Erik read a page from his book, titled "Restoration Area".

Environmentally Friendly

We have taken extra steps to ensure that this book is as environmentally friendly as possible. The paper all comes from renewable forests and is then printed using soy based, non-toxic inks.



In April of 2018, at a ceremony in Austin, Texas, Whispers in the Wilderness received the gold prize Benjamin Franklin Award for best book in the Inspirational category from the Independent Book Publishers Association. This is regarded as one of the highest national honors for indie publishers and self-published authors.

Additionally, Whispers in the Wilderness was awarded two golds with the National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) in the inspirational and gift book categories as well as a Silver Winner in the 2018 Nautilus Book Awards. It won second place at the Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association in the motivational and inspirational category. It was also a finalist in the 20th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.


Comments on the Book

      "Originally purchased for the photos but this book really has inspired and changed my outlook on life. Unbelievable insight." - Deb Slack

      "This is not a book; it's a medicine which should be prescribed to anyone who is going through rough times. Your work brought more joy and comfort than you can possibly imagine." - Jos Vink

      "Wow wow wow! You have completely succeeded in inspiring and calming me!! Your book really speaks to me." - Sarah

      "I feel like I am out hiking with you!" - Julie

      "I’m so thrilled to get this gorgeous, thoughtful book. I can’t rave about it enough! " - Brian Zahnd

      "People, buy this book! It'll be good for your soul." - Janna Nyswander

      "It's so beautiful I feel like I should wear white gloves as I turn the pages. It's beautiful and meaningful." - Michelle Chase

      "Words can’t do the book justice, they are perfect for backpacks too!" - Paula

      "Received your AMAZING Book TODAY! OMG, Erik, we can't put it down." - Nancy

      "Of course the photos on each page are absolutely beautiful! But what you have written to go along with each one really speaks to my heart. You put much thought into your words and have a way of making me stop and think, and see many things in my life from a new perspective. A wiser and better perspective!" - Jaime Freemyer

      "At a loss for words as to how nicely done this book is!!! Absolutely love it!!!" - Barb

      You'll find many more five star reviews on Amazon.com.


    Also Available At:

    Whispers in the Wilderness can now be found wherever books are sold such as: Macdonald Bookshop, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Rocky Mountain Conservancy bookstores, The Bookworm of Edwards, The Boulder Bookstore, Studio 8369, and other bookstores and retail outlets throughout the USA and Canada. If you don't find it at your local bookstore, you can help us by asking them to order it.


    For international orders, please order from Amazon.com as they can offer affordable international shipping rates.

    If you are buying 4 or more copies, place your order by phone to save on shipping costs. 970-586-4352.

    Why should you by from us rather than Amazon? All copies purchased from us are signed by the author, not including wholesale or consignment sales.


    Whispers in the Wilderness is temporarily out of stock as we wait for the latest print run to arrive. It is scheduled to arrive in mid-December. In the meantime, Amazon still has copies available. You can also get the audio version of the book from Spotify or your favorite audio book store.