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Stories of the Great Turning [Paperback]

Joanna R. Macy , Peter Reason , Melanie Newman
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26 Mar 2013
This book tells stories of how ordinary people in their everyday lives have responded to the challenges of living more sustainably. In these difficult times,we need stories that engage, enchant and inspire. Most of all, we need stories of practical changes, of community action, of changing hearts and minds. Here are tales about the transformation of wasteland and the installation of water power, of reducing consumption and creating sustainable business,stories from people changing how they live their lives and the inner transformation this demands.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd (26 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908363061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908363060
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"History tells us about our past. Stories tell us about our future. These very human testimonies from ordinary yet extraordinary people will help to chart the paths." Alastair McIntosh, author of Soil & Soul.

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Peter Reason is Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath where, until 2009, he taught and led research in the field of sustainability. He now focuses on nature writing for an ecology in crisis. Melanie Newman used to work in business and now teaches creative writing at the University of Winchester. She takes a special interest in stories exploring our relationship with the natural world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories that shape meaning in our times 15 April 2013
History tells us about our past. Stories tell us about our future. These very human testimonies from ordinary yet extraordinary people will help to chart the paths. Here sixteen people describe the ways in which they try to make sense, and create a dignified future, out of the social and environmental troubles of our times. How do you stay fully aware and yet, not sell out or burn out? Many will know of Peter Reason's work, bringing action research and spiritual depth to his teaching when a professor at the University of Bath. Melanie Newman the co-editor is completing her PhD on Real Life and Magic - deep ecology in children's fiction, and the publisher, Vala, has been set up by Sara Bird who is part of the same circle of southern English radical thinkers. Writing as a Scot, I know that it can be a lot less easy to do radical work in the south of England than it can be here. But these essays show how people are digging where they stand, deepening inwardly where there might be little latitude outwardly.

In many ways, these are essays of the practical spirituality of everyday life. Not the sort of thing that everybody would want to read, but everybody hasn't yet chosen to be part of the solution. Five stars, however, for those who are doing what they can where they can.

I often reflect - forgive me for citing a Christian source if that's not your trip - on the woman with the precious oil in Mark 14 - who had so little that she could do to make a difference in the face of impending doom, but of whom old Jesus said two things. "She has done something beautiful to me" and "she did what she could". What more can be asked? This book of stories reflects people who are seeking to do beautifully what they can - a part of what Paul Hawkens describes as "blessed unrest".
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5.0 out of 5 stars heart warming and thought provoking 25 July 2013
By Looby
I loved this book for it's groundedness and honesty. The stories coming from real people resonated deeply with me and inspired me to stand taller and fuller in what I am doing. They had the feeling of friends sharing their journey and as such it feels easier to follow the same (or similar) paths. I recommend this book as a good starting point for anyone wanting to make a difference but not sure how to begin. Their is wisdom and generousity in the stories shared.

Looby Macnamara - author of People and Permaculture
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