Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times Audiobook, by Hersch Wilson Play Audiobook Sample

Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times Audiobook

Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times Audiobook, by Hersch Wilson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Adam Lofbomm Publisher: Ascent Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781469079479

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Longest Chapter Length:

17:01 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:28 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

08:52 minutes

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Publisher Description

"Be brave. Be kind. Fight fires." That's the motto of firefighters, like Hersch Wilson, who spend their lives walking toward, rather than away from, danger and suffering. In this unique collection of true stories and practical wisdom, Wilson shares the Zen-like techniques that allow people like him to stay grounded while navigating danger, comforting others, and coping with their personal response to each crisis. As in Zen practice, firefighters are trained to be fully in the moment and present to the heartbeat, the life at hand. Each of five sections applies the firefighter's experience to everyone's lives. Listeners learn to maintain perspective and equilibrium even in the midst of urgency and to prepare for adversity as well as aftermath and recovery. Finally, six key strategies for thriving in the face of difficulty include practical exercises and real-world advice. Every life contains the unexpected and the unwelcome. Since how we cope with those inevitable events, more than the events themselves, defines the quality of our lives, Firefighter Zen is an invaluable guide to meeting every day with our best calm, creative, and optimistic selves.

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“Hersch Wilson uses clean, elegant prose to tell stories that are at times light, dark, funny, tragic, and compelling, and always instructive. This book is a must-read…for all of us who at times experience life’s unrelenting, tragic, and sublime beauty and want to think more deeply about it.”

— Cary Johns Griffith, author of Lost in the Wild 


  • “Full of the bittersweet wisdom of hard experience.”

    — Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author
  • “As a parish minister (and first responder) acquainted with grief and healing, I highly recommend this field guide to negotiating life’s alarums with calm, clarity, and courage.”

    — Reverend Gary Kowalski, author of Goodbye, Friend


  • Nominated for the Reading the West Book Award

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About Hersch Wilson

Hersch Wilson is a thirty-year veteran volunteer firefighter-EMT with the Hondo Fire Department in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. He also writes a monthly column on dogs for the Santa Fe New Mexican.

About Adam Lofbomm

Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor, syndicated columnist, and the author of bestselling For Dummies books on personal finance, taxes, home buying, and mutual funds including Real Estate Investing For Dummies.