Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker J. Palmer
The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

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This updated KINDLE version of the 2014 paperback, includes TWO NEW FEATURES: (1) A chapter-length INTRODUCTION in which Palmer explores his political experience since the book first came out in 2011, including a new way to understand "the great divide" in our political life. (2) A detailed DISCUSSION GUIDE with links to online resources -- including 40 brief video interviews with the author -- to facilitate more dialogue across political lines of the sort the book has inspired since it was published.

* NEWS FLASH * Healing the Heart of Democracy called "one of the most important books of the early 21st Century" for those who care about democracy. (Democracy & Education)
* NEWS FLASH * Healing the Heart of Democracy named one of the "Best Books of 2011" on contemplation and social activism. (Spirituality & Practice)* NEWS FLASH * Parker J. Palmer named one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" -- people who "don't just think out loud but who walk their talk on a daily basis." (The Utne Reader) 
~  HOPE FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IN AN ERA OF DEEP DIVISIONS  ~   In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good and gives us the tools to do it. This timely, courageous and practical work -- intensely personal as well as political -- is not about them, "those people" in Washington D.C., or in our state capitals, on whom we blame our political problems. It's about us, "We the People," and what we can do in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore a government "of the people, by the people, for the people."

In the same compelling, inspiring prose that has made him a bestselling author, Palmer explores five "habits of the heart" that can help us restore democracy's foundations as we nurture them in ourselves and each other: (1) An understanding that we are all in this together. (2) An appreciation of the value of "otherness." (3) An ability to hold tensions in life-giving ways. (4) A sense of personal voice and agency. (5) A capacity to create community. Healing the Heart of Democracy is an eloquent and empowering call for "We the People" to reclaim our democracy. Publishers Weekly, in a Starred Review, said "This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that will benefit from discussing it." And the online journal Democracy & Education called it "one of the most important books of the early 21st Century."

About Parker J. Palmer

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Parker J. Palmer's writing speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. Author of nine books—including the bestsellers The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness—Palmer is the founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His work has been recognized with ten honorary doctorates and many national awards, including the 2010 William Rainey Harper Award, previously won by Margaret Mead, Paulo Freire, and Elie Wiesel.
Published July 18, 2011 by Jossey-Bass. 261 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Palmer’s (Let Your Life Speak) newest was six years in the making.

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Portland Book Review

Fueled by misplaced fear, rampant consumerism and hate-filled rhetoric, our two hundred year experiment in a political system that was originally intended to be of the people, by the people and for the people seems to be increasingly at risk of failure.

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Englewood Review of Books

We have placed our own individual “pursuit of happiness” above the corporate good described in the words “we the people.” As we have pursued the private good over the public good, we have also lost confidence in the structures and institutions that embody America’s democratic principles and ideals.

Jan 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Healing the Heart of Democrac...

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