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Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy
Your Price: $20.25 CDN
Author: Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone
Publisher: New World Library
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 288
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 1577319729
ISBN-13: 9781577319726

About the Book:

The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, depleting global resources, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions.

The book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy shows you how to strengthen your capacity to face this crisis so that you can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.

Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone guide you through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips you with tools to face the mess we're in and play your role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.

What people say:

"Books about social and ecological change too often leave out a vital component: how do we change ourselves so that we are strong enough to fully contribute to this great shift? Active Hope fills this gap beautifully, guiding readers on a journey of gratitude, grief, interconnection, and, ultimately, transformation." — Naomi Klein, Canadian author and social activist

"To the future beings of the twenty-second century, Active Hope might turn out to be the most important book written in the twenty-first." — Bill Plotkin, American psychologist, wilderness rites guide, and ecotherapist

"More than any book I've read, Active Hope shows us the true dimensions of this crisis, and the way our heart and actions can be part of the great turning toward healing. Please read this book and share it with others — for your own awakening, for our children, and for our future." — Tara Brach, American psychologist and proponent of Buddhist meditation

"Active Hope is a brilliant guide to sanity and love." — Roshi Joan Halifax, American Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, and social activist

"If you have despaired for our world, and if you love life, Active Hope will be for you an extraordinary blessing." — John Robbins, American social activist, humanitarian, and author of the international bestseller Diet for a New America

"Active Hope is not just a book but a gateway to transformation." — Jim Douglass, American theologian, peace activist, and author of JFK and the Unspeakable

About the Author:

Joanna Macy is an American scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is also a leading voice in movements for peace, justice, and a safe environment. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science.

Chris Johnstone is a British medical doctor, author, and coach who worked for nearly twenty years as an addictions specialist in the UK National Health Service. A former Senior Teaching Fellow at Bristol University Medical School, he trains health professionals in behavioural medicine and runs courses exploring the psychological dimensions of planetary crisis.