[Forward] to Susan Montag's FINDING THE WAY: A Tao for Down-to-Earth People
Published by Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
ears after Susan Montag lost her uncle to a sailing accident, she discovered two translations of the Tao Te Ching among his books. Finding the translations supported her memory of her uncle as a gentle and caring person. As she learned more about Taoism, she wanted to share with her family the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching and her excitement that her uncle had owned these books. At first, she purchased copies of existing translations and gave them to people, but they didn’t seem moved by the book. It occurred to her that as a writer with a down-to-earth, midwestern sensibility, she could create a new translation of the Tao Te Ching, one that used her "native tongue" of plainspoken English.
Because the Tao "cannot be described," the language of the Tao Te Ching is sometimes inscrutable to some readers. Finding the Way makes the essential wisdom of the text accessible to all readers. It includes advice for leaders, followers, lovers, parents—people from all walks of life searching for peace.
About the Author
Susan Montag has been a teacher, a writer, and an editor. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, Nude Ascending a Staircase (Bellowing Ark Press, 2001), and is also an artist and an ice cream-making aficionado.