Synopses & Reviews
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.
From the Introduction: 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.
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 forits wise insights and mature compassion.
"This new collection of righteous speeches and essays is Walker the cultural pioneer back on top form." —The Guardian
"Her determined focus on the positive has served her well." —Essence
"A thoughtful and reflective look at life and the search for meaning." —Booklist
"Wise thoughts for a troubled world." —Dallas Morning News
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.
A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker’s 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 Walker’s 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. Walker’s 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 time, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Color Purple
(which was also a major Broadway play), her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections. She is the author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For
, Possessing the Secret of Joy
, The World Has Changed
(edited by Rudolph P. Byrd), The Chicken Chronicles
, The World Will Follow Joy
, and The Cushion in the Road
, all published by The New Press. Some of her other bestselling books include In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
, The Temple of My Familiar
, 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. She lives in Northern California.