I've just finished reading this for the second time, and have gotten even more out of it than the first go-round. There are very few books that I put on my "try to read once a year" shelf and this is one of them. While there are several small aspects of the author's theories I don't agree with, overall, I think Bill Plotkin has crafted a true masterpiece, as he shares his idea of the stages of living an ecocentric (or soulcentric) life. And when he uses that term, he is not just meaning living in an environmentally-conscious way. He is speaking to the large-scale importance of nature in early childhood development and how imperative it is to raise healthy, whole human beings who truly know themselves and their soul's path and gifts for the world. And the great news is that we can heal ourselves (and each other!) of childhood wounds at any point in our lives, even on our deathbeds. All this being said, the author could have really used an editor. This book weighs in at 518 pages and there are many repetitive parts. I read in the acknowledgments that the author was having an intimate relationship with his editor, so that explains the lack of editing! It's hard to force an author to cut parts of his book, when you're sleeping with him, in my opinion. But if you are not intimidated by length, pick this one up, take your time with it and help transform our world.