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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: O Books; Reprint edition (30 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846944457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846944451
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author is an active Anglican Christian and jobbing theologian. She started off as a postgraduate research scientist from Sheffield University, became a qualified accountant, tax consultant and financial adviser and is now retired. She lives in South London and loves her family, her church, her allotment and her garden. Her fifth passion is travelling.

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We have entered into a new era of transformation, perhaps the most significant one in the history of humanity - This lovely book puts us in touch with healing principles of spirituality and compassion throughout our lives so that we may all become catalysts for social change...with all of our hearts and minds and souls. --(Paul H. Ray, PhD, anthropologist and sociologist, co author of The Cultural Creatives - How 50 Million People are Changing the World)

She paints an inspiring picture of a possible future in which the soul takes its rightful place at the core of healing. --(Dawson Church PhD author of The Genie in Your Genes)

From the Author

This is a book about human behavior and our spiritual hunger, and a fractured world in urgent need of healing.
It is a book that urges us all to take responsibility for this world before it is too late. More than that, it is a guidebook that shows us how we can between us build a more spiritual, peaceful and happier life for us all.

Most of all it is a book of hope: because I believe that our world is at the dawning of a new earth consciousness, a new deep spirituality that will enable us to build this better world for all time if we only allow it to happen. Generations to come may look back and marvel at how it took so long for us to see such obvious need for healing change.

The world is in such a mess. It is clear that our economic system is flawed, that our materialistic outlook in science cannot provide all the answers, that spirituality has been marginalized. We have ecological destruction on a large scale, problems in our societies, and more dis-ease than ever before in spite of massive medical advances. We urgently need a new world -view, a change of direction, a New Renaissance.

This book is for all those who, like me, want to make a difference, for the sake of our families, our children and grandchildren. It is written for Cultural Creatives, for Sacred Activists, for those of any faith or none who can appreciate the need for a greater spirituality in our lives, to create a better balance between matter and spirit, to carve happier, healthier, safer and more fulfilling lives, to be catalysts for social change. I am writing for all those who over the years have bemoaned the state of the world and asked "But what can I do?" Here are plenty of ideas.

The book has grown out of an idea I had in 2004 in Turkey, whilst reading the contemplative books by the Roman Catholic priest Henri Nouwen, including his short bestselling gem, The Wounded Healer. These books had become valuable and reliable sources of comfort and support in my own pain as I was recuperating from a massive mental breakdown.

It came to me in one of those "ah-ha" moments that the compassion and vulnerability of the Wounded Healer could have a significance for healing our dangerously fractured world way beyond the realms of the pastoral and medical professions, where it is primarily researched and understood as a means of healing and where most of the literature is to be found. Where else, I mused, can we find the Wounded Healer in our lives? How, I thought, could we hope to heal this world when so many of us have our own unhealed spiritual and mental wounds, and so much of our destructive behavior is because of those wounds; when for so many of us it is not regarded as appropriate in our working lives to show too much compassion, let alone vulnerability.

But I had not realized just how big this project was, where it was going to lead me. My researches over the last five years took me deeper and wider into so very many other fields. Meanwhile the wounds of the world become ever more serious and the healing needs more urgent.

Never have spirituality and faith and the ancient wisdoms of all the great religions been more relevant than in today's fractured world and we need to appreciate these in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding. More than that, I believe there is an urgent need to integrate ancient spiritual wisdom and philosophy with modern scientific endeavors and rediscover the spiritual in all our material experiences. This is our responsibility and we have no choice if we are to halt the destruction all around us. This is a matter of faith for many and an obligation for all humankind.

So I write of all these things in the context of relationship and community, our economy, our environment, the medical and pastoral professions, and in creativity in all its forms, all woven together

I hope you enjoy the journey. Do let me know what you think. I love feedback.
Eleanor Stoneham December 2010

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mister Toad on 13 Feb 2011
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There is a wealth of literature in circulation elaborating the challenges faced by the 21st century citizien - from the stability of our climate, to the safety of our streets and the state of our health. However, few have looked to the individual rather than the state as the basis of solving these problems. In this gently and thoughtfully persuasive book Dr. Stoneham looks at these and other challenges through the lense of the "wounded healer" - making the argument that not only does true change come from individuals rather than states, but also that individuals who have themselves suffered are best placed to make that change. As the power of the internet makes social networks an increasingly and visibly powerful part of our world, this is a timely and thought provoking book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mickels on 25 Feb 2011
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This is a genuine book from a genuinely passionate author. The book brings world problems into sharp focus, and makes you want to take action to make things better. I think about the subjects in this book everyday, and feel that everyone should read it and take action, the world would be a better place as a result. Even though religion is a strong theme in this book, I read it from a more of a scientific and spirituality point of view. it is written in a way that is not intrusive to individual beliefs, religious or not. The subjects covered are ones that affect us all, from environmental change to strength of community and economics, and what we can do ourselves to help 'heal the wounded Earth'. Passionately written, and full of powerful references.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lydia on 26 Feb 2011
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As a healthcare professional, I was particularly interested in the concept of `the wounded healer' and its unique application to our `fractured world' Clearly, this work does not disappoint as Dr Eleanor Stoneham, compellingly describes how, by not becoming conscious of our own wounding, we either hit out at the social and physical environment which could protect and heal us or cut ourselves off from our pain by becoming unconscious to it.
Eleanor Stoneham's personal ground embraces social, economical and ethical areas. She is a science research postgraduate of Sheffield University, a qualified chartered accountant, tax practitioner and a verger in the Anglican Church.
This work persuasively, passionately, yet gently wakens us up from the myth that we can do very little to affect change, or become part of the change we want to see. But, by no means is this a work that compounds upon any guilt we have about `not doing enough. Instead Eleanor, word by word, idea by idea, draws us into an entire web of hope of the things individuals, nations, spiritual and ecological communities are doing to enact healing and beauty. Far from being the sad sorry world that chisels out endless litanies of despair worldwide, there are groups of normal people like you and I who have chosen to act and plant seeds of hope on the broken places. Included in her work, is a vast repository of websites, papers, books which underpin her thesis.
But, she urges, we need to act.
In her chapter on the hope of a healed economy, she writes, "We must never lose sight of our part as individual players in the world economy. Whether we like it or not, we are all involved as consumers and investors." She adds; "The most effective and immediate impact we can all make is through changing our spending patterns.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Hollick on 2 May 2011
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When we look at the news and assess the state of the world, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that human civilization is sick, and through our sickness we are deeply wounding the Earth. I have no doubt that the Living Planet will survive whatever humanity throws at it, but I am not so confident that the self-styled species Homo sapiens will survive. It is this strand of pessimism that Eleanor Stoneham sets out to counter with messages of hope from many quarters.

The world's problems, she argues, are caused by our own bad behaviour; by our violence and aggression towards each other and the planet. She sees this behaviour flowing from our unhealed woundedness - or to express it differently, from our emotional traumas. It is only through a new earth consciousness, a deep spirituality that we will be able to build a better, more sustainable future. The solution, therefore, is to rediscover our souls, and transform ourselves both individually and collectively. The expressed mission of the book is to explore healing principles in work places, families and communities. Eleanor Stoneham sees the role of the wounded healer as central to this task - as each of us starts to heal, we can become healers for others on the path.

It's hard to exaggerate the importance and urgency of this message. And the more books that are written on this theme from different philosophical, religious, spiritual, intellectual and experiential perspectives, the more this message will spread, and the greater our hope of survival will become. Hence this book is important. It will appeal most, I think, to those with a religious, particularly Christian, background, but Eleanor Stoneham takes an inclusive approach, drawing on sources from many religious and spiritual traditions besides her own Anglican Church.
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