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

Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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: An understanding that we are all in this togetherAn appreciation of the value of "otherness"An ability to hold tension in life-giving waysA sense of personal voice and agencyA capacity to create community

"Healing the Heart of Democracy "is an eloquent and empowering call for "We the People" to reclaim "our" democracy. The online journal "Democracy & Education" called it "one of the most important books of the early 21st Century." And "Publishers Weekly," in a Starred Review, said "This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that will benefit from discussing it."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780470590805
  • ISBN-10: 0470590807
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
  • Publish Date: September 2011
  • Page Count: 256


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Books > Political Science > Civics & Citizenship
Books > Political Science > Political Process - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-08-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Palmer’s (Let Your Life Speak) newest was six years in the making. He bravely takes on the current political climate, with its atrophy of citizen participation, the ascendance of an oligarchy that shapes politics, and the substitution of vituperation for thoughtful public discussion. It’s a tall order that became even taller because Palmer had to climb out of a pit of depression—a personal vulnerability proclivity—to do so. But wrestling with essential questions of public life became therapeutic, and this book provides therapy for the American body politic. Palmer’s use of acute 19th-century observers of American life and character—Tocqueville, Lincoln—as well as his use of anecdotes and lessons from his own long career provide context and tonic. His insights are heart-deep: America gains by living with tension and differences; we can help reclaim public life by actions as simple as walking down the street instead of driving. Hope’s hardly cheap, but history is made up of what Palmer calls “a million invisible acts of courage and the incremental gains that came with them.” This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that will benefit from discussing it. (Sept.)

 
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