By the author of "Planetwalker", "The Ragged Edge of Silence" takes us to another level of appreciating, through silence, the beauty of the planet and our place in it. John Francis' real and compelling prose forms a tapestry of questions and answers woven from interviews, stories, personal experience, science, and the power of silence through history, including practice by Native American, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures. Through their time-honoured traditions and his own experience of communicating silently for 17 years, Francis' practical exercises lay the groundwork for the reader to build constructive silence into everyday life: to learn more about oneself, to set goals and accomplish dreams, to build strong relationships, and to appreciate and be a steward of the Earth. Specially designed exercises teach us to be at peace with noise and find silence in the midst, to build acceptance of the environment instead of feeling overwhelmed, to deal with conflict through silence, to discover the steps in using silence as a tool - and to apply it to the challenges in our own lives. With its amazing human interest element and first-person expertise, this book is energizing and universally instructive.Francis reveals the planet in a new and inspiring way, combining history, adventure, and practical experience to teach us about ourselves and other cultures more deeply and to inspire us to be responsible not just for our own life but for the life of the planet.