Joe Wilkins' 'Gates of the Arctic National Park: 12 Years of Wilderness Exploration' is a unique celebration of the beauty and challenge of America's remote and northernmost national park….
Included in the book is the story of a 15-day trip with a close friend, Father Peter Harman, who had been pastor at the cathedral in Springfield where Wilkins is a parishioner. During their Gates of the Arctic trek, the priest would celebrate Mass in the stark wilderness.
It's the first book written specifically about the park, said Wilkins. It's a place he loves deeply, and the book is replete with gorgeous photos of the area in all seasons. It also expresses Wilkins' sense of the spiritual treasures that the wilderness holds for anyone who explores it with an open heart.
To read Effie Caldarola's report in Catholic Anchor - the diocesan newspaper of Anchorage, Alaska, see: www.catholicanchor.org/alaska-news/catholic-adventurer-writes-faith-beauty-arctic/