25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 6, 2014

Graham Joyce: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Graham Joyce



The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit is set on the English coast in the hot summer of 1976, so the music in this playlist is pretty much all from the... Continue »
  1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$22.25
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
2 Remote Warehouse Anthologies- Essays

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness: Meditations

by

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness: Meditations Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A beautifully packaged book of spiritual ruminations with a progressive political edge, from the incomparable Pulitzer Prize-winner — a woman who has devoted her life to befriending the earth.
"In fact, the happiness that imbues this kind of (impersonal) friendship, whether for an individual or a country, or an act, is like an inner light, a compass we might steer by as we set out across the lengthening darkness. It comes from the simple belief that what one is feeling and doing is right. That it is right to protect rather than terrorize others; right to feed people rather than withhold food (and medicine); right to want the freedom and joyful existence of all human kind. Right to want this freedom and joy for all creatures that exist already, or that might come into existence. Existence, we are now learning, is not finished! It is a happiness that comes from honoring the peace or the possibility of peace that lives within one's own heart. A deep knowing that we are the earth — our separation from Earth perhaps our greatest illusion — and that we stand, with gratitude and love, by our planetary Self." —From the Introduction
Author of the perennially bestselling novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker has long been a force for sanity in a chaotic world. In We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For she draws on her deep spiritual grounding, her political conviction and experience, and her literary gifts to offer a series of meditations filled with wisdom, hope, encouragement, and, at times, serenity to a world in need of all these things. The perfect gift for Alice Walker fans and anyone who longs for peace, on earth and within, this lovely volume will be embraced for its wise insights and mature compassion.

Review:

"Often rambling and occasionally pedantic, the essays in Walker's latest collection can also be stunningly insightful. Mixing prose with poetry, she discusses Martin Luther King, feminism and meditation, among other subjects, always circling back to themes of integrity and activism. The most substantial entries are based on live lectures. In a speech to the graduating class of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Walker urges that we not fear the pause that 'wisdom requires' when 'something major is accomplished,' despite our eagerness to rush into 'The Future.' She manages to show how this 'moment of reflection' is natural and necessary, whether the defining event is college graduation, menopause or the buildup to a military invasion. Her 2002 lecture, 'I Call That Man Religious,' argues that Fidel Castro is a 'truly religious man' because he 'speaks out for the rights of the poor,' in contrast to the Catholic Church, which hid its priests' abuse of children for so long. More contradictory is 'Crimes Against Dog,' in which she describes a visit to buy a labrador retriever and her discomfort at the similarity between dog breeders and slaveholders, but doesn't consider getting a mutt. Despite the annoying inclusion of homework-like assignments at the end of most essays, this book will inspire hope. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)

Review:

"Often rambling and occasionally pedantic, the essays in Walker's latest collection can also be stunningly insightful. Mixing prose with poetry, she discusses Martin Luther King, feminism and meditation, among other subjects, always circling back to themes of integrity and activism. The most substantial entries are based on live lectures. In a speech to the graduating class of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Walker urges that we not fear the pause that 'wisdom requires' when 'something major is accomplished,' despite our eagerness to rush into 'The Future.' She manages to show how this 'moment of reflection' is natural and necessary, whether the defining event is college graduation, menopause or the buildup to a military invasion. Her 2002 lecture, 'I Call That Man Religious,' argues that Fidel Castro is a 'truly religious man' because he 'speaks out for the rights of the poor,' in contrast to the Catholic Church, which hid its priests' abuse of children for so long. More contradictory is 'Crimes Against Dog,' in which she describes a visit to buy a labrador retriever and her discomfort at the similarity between dog breeders and slaveholders, but doesn't consider getting a mutt. Despite the annoying inclusion of homework-like assignments at the end of most essays, this book will inspire hope." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[Walker] shrinks from no moral or emotional complexity. She is a marvelous writer." Alice Adams, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

Review:

"A major American writer, [and] a cause for gratitude, delight and celebration." Tillie Olsen

Review:

"A lavishly gifted writer."The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Just when you think Alice Walker has empathized her way as far as any writer can go, she goes further." Gloria Steinem

Review:

"A writer of staggering talent." Newsday

Review:

"This is a thoughtful and reflective look at life and the search for meaning." Booklist

Synopsis:

Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, draws on her deep spiritual grounding, her political conviction and experience, and her literary gifts to offer a series of meditations filled with wisdom, hope, encouragement, and serenity.

Synopsis:

A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walkers We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For was called “stunningly insightful” and “a book that will inspire hope” by Publishers Weekly.

Drawing equally on Walkers spiritual grounding and her progressive political convictions, each chapter concludes with a recommended meditation to teach us patience, compassion, and forgiveness. We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For takes on some of the greatest challenges of our times and in it Walker encourages readers to take faith in the fact that, despite the daunting predicaments we find ourselves in, we are uniquely prepared to create positive change.

The hardcover edition of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For included a national tour that saw standing-room–only crowds and standing ovations. Walkers clear vision and calm meditative voice—truly "a light in darkness"—has struck a deep chord among a large and devoted readership.

About the Author

Alice Walker is one of the most prolific and important writers of our times, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple (now a major Broadway play), her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections. Her other bestselling books include In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy, By the Light of My Father's Smile, and The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart. Her advocacy on behalf of the dispossessed has spanned the globe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781595581372
Author:
Walker, Alice
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Meditations
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
257
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.8 in 11.5 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Almost Moon
    Used Hardcover $3.50
  2. The King Must Die
    Used Mass Market $2.50
  3. The Tortilla Curtain
    Used Trade Paper $1.95
  4. Suite Francaise: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. The Choice Used Mass Market $2.50
  6. The Abstinence Teacher Used Trade Paper $1.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » American » African American

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness: Meditations Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$22.25 In Stock
Product details 257 pages New Press - English 9781595581372 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Often rambling and occasionally pedantic, the essays in Walker's latest collection can also be stunningly insightful. Mixing prose with poetry, she discusses Martin Luther King, feminism and meditation, among other subjects, always circling back to themes of integrity and activism. The most substantial entries are based on live lectures. In a speech to the graduating class of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Walker urges that we not fear the pause that 'wisdom requires' when 'something major is accomplished,' despite our eagerness to rush into 'The Future.' She manages to show how this 'moment of reflection' is natural and necessary, whether the defining event is college graduation, menopause or the buildup to a military invasion. Her 2002 lecture, 'I Call That Man Religious,' argues that Fidel Castro is a 'truly religious man' because he 'speaks out for the rights of the poor,' in contrast to the Catholic Church, which hid its priests' abuse of children for so long. More contradictory is 'Crimes Against Dog,' in which she describes a visit to buy a labrador retriever and her discomfort at the similarity between dog breeders and slaveholders, but doesn't consider getting a mutt. Despite the annoying inclusion of homework-like assignments at the end of most essays, this book will inspire hope. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Often rambling and occasionally pedantic, the essays in Walker's latest collection can also be stunningly insightful. Mixing prose with poetry, she discusses Martin Luther King, feminism and meditation, among other subjects, always circling back to themes of integrity and activism. The most substantial entries are based on live lectures. In a speech to the graduating class of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Walker urges that we not fear the pause that 'wisdom requires' when 'something major is accomplished,' despite our eagerness to rush into 'The Future.' She manages to show how this 'moment of reflection' is natural and necessary, whether the defining event is college graduation, menopause or the buildup to a military invasion. Her 2002 lecture, 'I Call That Man Religious,' argues that Fidel Castro is a 'truly religious man' because he 'speaks out for the rights of the poor,' in contrast to the Catholic Church, which hid its priests' abuse of children for so long. More contradictory is 'Crimes Against Dog,' in which she describes a visit to buy a labrador retriever and her discomfort at the similarity between dog breeders and slaveholders, but doesn't consider getting a mutt. Despite the annoying inclusion of homework-like assignments at the end of most essays, this book will inspire hope." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Walker] shrinks from no moral or emotional complexity. She is a marvelous writer."
"Review" by , "A major American writer, [and] a cause for gratitude, delight and celebration."
"Review" by , "A lavishly gifted writer."
"Review" by , "Just when you think Alice Walker has empathized her way as far as any writer can go, she goes further."
"Review" by , "A writer of staggering talent."
"Review" by , "This is a thoughtful and reflective look at life and the search for meaning."
"Synopsis" by , Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, draws on her deep spiritual grounding, her political conviction and experience, and her literary gifts to offer a series of meditations filled with wisdom, hope, encouragement, and serenity.
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walkers We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For was called “stunningly insightful” and “a book that will inspire hope” by Publishers Weekly.

Drawing equally on Walkers spiritual grounding and her progressive political convictions, each chapter concludes with a recommended meditation to teach us patience, compassion, and forgiveness. We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For takes on some of the greatest challenges of our times and in it Walker encourages readers to take faith in the fact that, despite the daunting predicaments we find ourselves in, we are uniquely prepared to create positive change.

The hardcover edition of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For included a national tour that saw standing-room–only crowds and standing ovations. Walkers clear vision and calm meditative voice—truly "a light in darkness"—has struck a deep chord among a large and devoted readership.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.