Richard Hawley’s The Three Lives of Jonathan Force explores the experience of its protagonist from his first sense impression to his last breath. In the course of that journey the youthful Jonathan’s vivid spiritual connectedness to the natural world and to intimate others is nearly chafed out of him by prevailing cultural expectations. Improbably—and impressively—Jonathan emerges as a famous and widely published interpreter of cultural events. His eponymous books—Force Fields, The Uses of Force, Reasonable Force—elevate him to the status of a contemporary Freud or Margaret Mead or Marshall McCluhan, to the extent that the culture comes to think as much with his ideas as about them. In late middle life he is visited by a life-changing revelation that carries him to a surprising spiritual renewal. A lifelong teacher and writer, Richard Hawley has published more than twenty books, including several novels, collections of poetry, and literary non-fiction, primarily about children and schools.