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Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Macy , Chris Johnstone
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The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we’re in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1577319729
  • Publisher: New World Library (22 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007C8K79C
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beacon of light in these dark times 18 May 2012
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This is the book for anyone who has awakened in the night worrying about the present state of the world, or felt the need to close their eyes or ears to the news from TV and newspapers. This book carries a powerful and encouraging message in an easy to read form. It combines the considerable wisdom, expertise and experience of both authors in helping us cope with the recent overwhelming crises in an accessible way. It is both realistic and inspiring. It validates the distress many people feel when facing the problems of the environmental and economic crises, but also suggests ways we can play our unique part in bringing about positive change. I intend to give copies of it to all my friends!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book has helped me enormously 19 Nov. 2012
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I can't recommend Active Hope highly enough. As someone who constantly felt depressed, frightened or in numb denial about the multiple crises facing humanity and life on earth, this book helped me reengage and reconnect with nature and other people, and draw from them a sense of joy and enthusiasm. Active Hope is about knowing you've done the best you can, no matter what the eventual outcome. It encourages you to be part of the Great Turning, from a consumerist to a sustainable way of life for us all. Published in 2012, this book is incredibly timely. Thank goodness for Joanna Macy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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'Active Hope' is truly a gift to humanity at this crisis point in our collective history. This book succinctly describes the 'Business as Usual' model, which is systematically destroying the resilience of human cultures and the Earth's ecosystems, and yet offers an extraordinary vision of hope - the Great Turning towards a life-sustaining society, in which millions of people globally are now participating.

Holding the daily awareness of this precipice at which we stand requires enormous courage. This book offers clear insights and a tried-and-tested system to help us to develop the inner resources to cope. It feels like the most trusty companion anyone aspiring to co-create a sustainable future could acquire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 18 Aug. 2012
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Thinking about buying this book, then do it! This is the information and tools we need right here and now. It has been written in an open, easy to read non jargon way too. It feels like a gentle teacher is informatively guiding you through very straight forwardly how things are and what we can choose to think/feel/do about it. Like some books I don't come away feeling guilty that I'm not doing more or that what I'm presently doing is wrong its more of an 'oh yes that's a good idea, now I understand!'
If you facilitate any of 'The Work That Re-connects' (see 'Coming Back to Life') its a must have to bring greater clarity and understanding which you can pass on to the participants.
I love it and I'm recommending it to as many people as I can
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the mess we're in without going crazy 29 May 2012
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The subtitle is 'how to face the mess we're in without going crazy', something that I've certainly been struggling with for many years. I've found Joanna's 'Work that Reconnects' to be a great support in this, and this very welcome book helps us to do this individually as well as collectively. Allowing our pain for the world to strengthen rather than paralyse us is so, so needed by all of us who are not deep in denial, but are very disturbed by the world's governments, media and much of the population being so. Thus we need to find ways to start a dialogue with our friends and families, and this book offers us tools to do just this, as well as supporting us on our own journey towrads finding our role in the 'Great Turning'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Active Hope 29 Mar. 2013
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I was recommended this book by a friend and have found it a source of inspiration. It gets a bit thinner by the end but well worth the read for anyone who is concerned by such issues as climate change, world poverty, debt, personal ethics etc.

What I particularly liked were the practical suggestions for approaching and dealing with world and life threatening issues.
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