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Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

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Praise for Healing the Heart of Democracy

"We have been trying to bridge the great divides in this great country for a long time. In this book, Parker J. Palmer urges us to 'keep on walking, keep on talking'—just as we did in the civil rights movement—until we cross those bridges together."
Congressman John Lewis, recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

"A book born for this moment. Wise, evocative, and pragmatic at its core, this dream for a new politics is grounded in dignity and liberty for all."
Terry Tempest Williams, author, The Open Space of Democracy

"The most important manifesto in generations for breaking through the divisiveness that has paralyzed our democracy."
Bill Shore, founder of Share Our Strength; author, The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men

"All who harbor concerns about American politics will find in this book a wise and kindred spirit who reminds us of choices we can make to help 'reweave the tattered fabric of our civic life.' You will close this book appreciating how much you can do, and how much depends on you."
Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita, Wellesley College

"Breaks new ground in marrying the capacity of the human heart with the tensions inherent in politics [and] breathes new life into what it means to be a citizen—accountable, compassionate, fiercely realistic."
Peter Block and John McKnight, coauthors, The Abundant Community

"The book we need for recovering the heart—the very core—of our selves and our democracy."
Krista Tippett, host, American Public Media's Being author, Einstein's God

"Could not be more timely and needed. As one who has been guided through a time of personal reflection with Parker Palmer, I invite you to join in a journey through these chapters."
Congresswoman Lois Capps, grandmother, mother, nurse, and seeker after democracy

Synopsis:

A book of hope for “We the People”

In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good, proposing practical ways to bridge our political divides. In this intensely personal as well as political book, Palmer explores five “habits of the heart” that can be developed in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to help restore a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”:

  • An understanding that we are all in this together
  • An appreciation of the value of “otherness”
  • An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
  • A sense of personal voice and agency
  • A capacity to create community

This book—enriched by a Discussion Guide and online video interviews with the author—is an eloquent and empowering call for “We the People” to reclaim our unity in an era of divide and conquer politics. Democracy & Education called it “one of the most important books of the early 21st Century.” Publishers Weekly, in a Starred Review, said “This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that will benefit from discussing it.”

“We have been trying to bridge the great divides in this great country for a long time. Parker J. Palmer urges us to ‘keep on walking, keep on talking’—just as we did in the civil rights movement—until we cross those bridges together.” —U.S. Congressman John Lewis, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Synopsis:

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 together
  • An appreciation of the value of "otherness"
  • An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
  • A sense of personal voice and agency
  • A 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."

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prelude The Politics of the Brokenhearted 1

Chapter I Democracy's Ecosystem 11

Chapter II Confessions of an Accidental Citizen 29

Chapter III The Heart of Politics 49

Chapter IV The Loom of Democracy 69

Chapter V Life in the Company of Strangers 89

Chapter VI Classrooms and Congregations 119

Chapter VII Safe Space for Deep Democracy 151

Chapter VIII The Unwritten History of the Heart 175

Gratitudes 195

Notes 199

The author 219

Index 221

Product Details

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9781118907504
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Palmer, Parker J.
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Parker Palmer on democracy, Parker Palmer on American politics, reclaiming democracy in America, how to be a true democratic society, habits of democracy, forming and maintaining democratic institutions, human spirit, courage, habits of the heart, holding
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Parker Palmer on democracy, Parker Palmer on American politics, reclaiming democracy in America, how to be a true democratic society, habits of democracy, forming and maintaining democratic institutions, human spirit, courage, habits of the heart, holding
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"Synopsis" by , A book of hope for “We the People”

In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good, proposing practical ways to bridge our political divides. In this intensely personal as well as political book, Palmer explores five “habits of the heart” that can be developed in everyday settings like families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations and workplaces to help restore a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”:

  • An understanding that we are all in this together
  • An appreciation of the value of “otherness”
  • An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
  • A sense of personal voice and agency
  • A capacity to create community

This book—enriched by a Discussion Guide and online video interviews with the author—is an eloquent and empowering call for “We the People” to reclaim our unity in an era of divide and conquer politics. Democracy & Education called it “one of the most important books of the early 21st Century.” Publishers Weekly, in a Starred Review, said “This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that will benefit from discussing it.”

“We have been trying to bridge the great divides in this great country for a long time. Parker J. Palmer urges us to ‘keep on walking, keep on talking’—just as we did in the civil rights movement—until we cross those bridges together.” —U.S. Congressman John Lewis, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

"Synopsis" by , 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 together
  • An appreciation of the value of "otherness"
  • An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
  • A sense of personal voice and agency
  • A 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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