Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Journey Within by J. Mitchel Baker

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Publisher: Artistic Origins (April 30, 2017)
Category: Memoir, Adventure, Inspirational
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-940385-05-1
Available in Print & ebook, 181 pages

The true story of a simple man who has spent his life working amidst the quiet embrace of nature and her animals. Despite the happy normalcy, his soul calls out to him through a series of visions urging him to search for the higher design in his life. His inner voice beckons him out into the wilderness, away from all that he knows and understands, to find the higher meaning of himself.

After nearly a decade of stubborn denial, he removes his self-imposed blindfolds to embark on what is to become his personal journey into the unknown.What he finds will forever change his life.

Instead of meaning, he finds a tempest. Finding courage through his animals he forges onward in search of his own truth.  Is there a greater universal design for each of us? Or is there only chaos and confusion? Your answer lies within, if only you dare to take the journey.

 A Journey Within highlights the duality between both the physical and the spiritual.  It carries a message of courage and inspiration to connect with life and the inner-self, taking the road less traveled, and living authentically.


Praise Journey Within by J. Mitchel Baker

“A good book. A REALLY good book. The author has a way with words. He has you thinking you are right there with him. I enjoyed the adventure Mr. Baker. Thank you!  It reminded me somewhat of “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It all goes back to, or starts with, “Why do bad things happen to Good People”? I’ve been trying to figure that out myself. I’ve read so many books in an effort to find an answer that I agree with. Some ideas make sense, some do not. I truly hope Mr. Bakers’ journey (s) help him find the answer.”-Kindle Customer




Preparing for the inevitable, I readjust the slack in the reins with my hands. My heart is pounding through my chest. Sound no longer registers to my ears. No longer can I see peripherally, only an intense focus onto Shake’s neck and head. Firming my hold on the reins, I pull the leather ever so slightly back, feeling Shake shift his weight to his hip. As he leans back, I quickly snap the thin band across his neck for the turn, simultaneously pressing my boot heel into his off shoulder for added urgency. He responds with motion as my eyes close. The movement stops. Opening my eyes, I find myself facing the other direction. He has successfully completed a half-circle spin off his hip.

Breathing a massive sigh of relief, I turn to find a single pivot point which has left an embedded circular hoof print in the dirt. Leaning forward, I place my hand upon his neck and visualize a warm embrace. One by one, each of the other men turn their horses in the same manner. To watch a horse spin in place is to witness pure poetry in motion. Has Shake known this move all along? Had he assessed the ground around him and instinctively known this is what he needed to do? Or had he seen the video playing in my head at that moment? Either way I am filled with the joy of being alive to help find our way up to the top from here, instead of from the bottom.

Backtracking to our original spot at the base of the cliff, we are left again searching for a sign. Fanning out to widen the search area, we can still see no tree markers or cairns to indicate a trail. Our three main directions of advance are impossible to pass, leaving us all nonplussed and confused on how to proceed.

Quietly, Walker directs his horse up the steep slope rising above us that, upon reaching the end, will put him in direct contact with the vertical wall. His way is barricaded by large deadfall across the climb. I watch in amazement as Walker coerces and guides his red sorrel horse over and around the obstacles without ever losing his momentum up the steep slope. Arriving at the top he announces a small cairn lies there at his feet, beyond any sightline for those of us downhill. A truly inspiring example of esprit-de-corps crowned by his moment of glory.

Glynn spurs his horse to start him up the slope next. His paint, with resounding objection to what lies ahead and a defiant “hell no”, rears up on his hind legs. Deciding to walk, Glynn dismounts and says he will meet us at the base of the cliff shortly.

Arriving at the base of the cliff next to Walker, I realize quickly we have both settled onto a small ledge which is too small for two horses to fit comfortably. I have inadvertently placed myself between Walker and the trail, leaving Walker cornered on an edge. Before a warning can be shouted back to the guys below I can hear Ty already thundering up the slope toward us. The moment is unraveling quickly. We are a heartbeat away from a game of king of the mountain where nobody wins. I need to move right now.



About the AuthorJourney Within by J. Mitchel Baker

Mitchel Baker is a graduate of Texas A&M University, living in San Antonio with his family. He has dedicated his life to ranching and managing natural resources, and continues to be a student of all things visceral. He is currently working on his sequel to A Journey Within as he stumbles awkwardly toward a higher consciousness.


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