The Tribal Instinct 2022-09-13T11:23:36-04:00

The Tribal Instinct

The Sacred Desire for People and Place


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Hiraeth is a Welsh word for which there is no English equivalent. Hiraeth is a feeling of homesickness for a home to which you cannot return. A grief for something that was not only lost, but for something you can’t even remember what it was. Many Christians feel an acute sense of hiraeth because they have no tribe. They have no people. No place. No sense of belonging.

The Tribal Instinct explains what exactly tribes are and why they have disappeared. More importantly, it explores the Biblical case for tribe and what Christians might do to recover what has been lost. With unabashed pessimism, The Tribal Instinct addresses difficult subjects like the role of race, gender, and language in the formation of tribes—a long overdue conversation too many are afraid to discuss.

While the world is seemingly moving away from tribes, many are not. They are seeking ways to reconnect with their people and form communities that have far more meaning and purpose than neighborhood HOAs or anonymous internet forums. For those struggling to understand who their people are, and where their place is, The Tribal Instinct will offer a welcome breath of fresh air into their search.


Just finished The Moth and wanted to say you’ve done it again. I had no idea polio was such an interesting story! Please consider doing smallpox next!


Very engagingly written, and HARD to put down! I’ll update when I’m done with the book.

D. Thynes

Hard to put this book down! Many people think they know all they need to know about polio, but this book presents its hidden real history in an engaging way, juxtaposing apparently unrelated stories of local life with medical theories and developments, all culminating in revelations that will make you question everything you’ve ever been told about this fearsome disease.

Highly recommended!


This is a brilliant work. Beautifully told, the story consists of many diverse threads of history, and Forrest Maready weaves them together into the logical fabric of truth that all can now easily understand.


Couldn’t put it down. A most important book. On par with Rachel Carson’s landmark book, Silent Spring.


The Moth in the Iron Lung reads like a suspense thriller of community health.  A brilliant and easy book to read!



Forrest is working on a book to be released soon which will complete a thematic trilogy of infection and disease that started with The Moth in the Iron Lung and The Autism Vaccine. Sign-up to be notified about this exciting new project!