By Otha Barham
Mike Giles has graced the Meridian Star Outdoors page with his stories and photos for many years. His readers eagerly approach his next article expecting to read an exciting, often moving account of something in nature or someone interacting with it. Folks, like Mike, who find such interesting and important aspects of life often hear from others the encouraging words, “you should write a book.” Well, Mike has finally found time in an already full schedule to write and publish his first book.
His title is “Passion of the Wild”, and no better title would fit his life. For his days are filled with very good things, about which he is passionate. If writing bares one's soul, as many who read good writers suggest, then “Passion of the Wild” is a look inside the person we know as Mike Giles.
On the back cover are respected figures in our outdoor world who praise this book. Toxey Haas of Mossy Oak fame says, “We have a rich tradition blessed with many 'obsessed ' outdoors men and women, especially outstanding and inspirational outdoor writers. Mike Giles and his body of work in life is definitely one of these!”
Ray Scott, founder of Bass Angler's Sportsman's Society, writes :Mike Giles is a talented outdoorsman whose love of the outdoors is evident by his passion...”
Award winning outdoor writer and radio show host Glynn Harris writes of Mike, “When it comes to transferring his experiences with critters from the woods to words, few do it better.”
My own take on Mike Giles book includes his positive approach to any outdoor situation. He reminds us in clear terms to accentuate the positive. And then he follows with just enough encouragement in the form of a quote from a famous person, or a short Bible verse or sometimes his own succinct sentence that serves as a reminder about how we need to conduct ourselves in different situations. These words do not come across as preachy. Instead they are talk that is much like two friends in adjacent rocking chairs on a porch when conversation has been chosen by both as the best activity each of them could be doing at the moment; relaxed but serious dialog highly regarded.
The stories in “Passion of the Wild” are typically short enough to read comfortably at one sitting, complete in themselves. So if you have to be interrupted by sleep or work or an outdoor trip, Your bookmark will be at the beginning of a brand new adventure when you next pick up the book.
If you like to be frightened or saddened or made fun of, this is not the book for you. When you finish “Passion of the Wild,” you not only will feel good, but you are likely to feel renewed and may even pledge to try exhibiting your best qualities more. I urge readers to embrace the identifying words on the front cover of the book; “Inspirational Outdoors Stories.”
Contact Mike Giles for details about obtaining a copy of this fine volume. His contact information (always on the Meridian Star Outdoors page) is phone (601) 917-3898 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.