Thunder's Grace : Walking the Road of Visions With My Lakota Grandmother
by Mary Elizabeth Thunder
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Paperback - 259 pages (October 1995) Talman Company; ISBN: 0882681664
Thunder's Grace: Walking The Road Of Visions With My Lakota Grandmother is the tale of a remarkable elder, Grandma Grace Spotted Eagle, who adopted the author and guided her in a spiritual awakening and, over the years, helped refine her spiritual life and gifts. At once harrowing and uplifting, this memoir tells of Thunder's early life: her abandonment by her mother when she was three weeks old, her survival of alcohol abuse, a dysfunctional family and a broken marriage. Thunder's Grace takes the reader through her experiences with Grandma Grace and other legendary elders such as Wallace Black Elk, Rolling Thunder, and Chief Leonard Crow Dog, to the experience of death during a heart attack that transformed her, and the remarkable years she spent traveling America by van. Thunder's Grace culminates with her inclusion in the "Sun Dance", one of the oldest and most venerable of sacred initiations. Intimate, painfully honest, and spiritual in essence, Thunder's Grace (written at the request of Grandma Grace Spotted Eagle) is about one woman's quest for meaning amid two cultures, and a compelling account of the visionary side of life. A unique, unusual, and highly recommended contribution to Native American studies.