Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 31, 2014 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Hope for American democracy in an era of deep divisions

In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmerquickens our instinct to seek the common good and gives us thetools to do it. This timely, courageous and practicalwork—intensely personal as well as political—is notabout them, "those people" in Washington D.C., or in ourstate capitals, on whom we blame our political problems. It's aboutus, "We the People," and what we can do in everyday settingslike families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations andworkplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore agovernment "of the people, by the people, for the people."

In the same compelling, inspiring prose that has made him abestselling author, Palmer explores five "habits of the heart" thatcan help us restore democracy's foundations as we nurture them inourselves and each other:

  • An understanding that we are all in this together
  • An appreciation of the value of "otherness"
  • An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
  • A sense of personal voice and agency
  • A capacity to create community

Healing the Heart of Democracy is an eloquent andempowering call for "We the People" to reclaim ourdemocracy. The online journal Democracy & Educationcalled it "one of the most important books of the early 21stCentury." And Publishers Weekly, in a Starred Review, said"This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that willbenefit from discussing it."


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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

I was disappointed. Parker doesn't truly seem to want to heal anything as much as he wants everyone to buy into a liberal point of view. I was hoping to find a way to talk to "those others" on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - JerryColonna - LibraryThing

I love Parker Palmer. I love everything I've read by him (and, as many folks know, I especially love his Let Your Life Speak). This book is different. And yet it's also part of a deeper theme...what ... Read full review


Classrooms and Congregations
Safe Spacefor Deep Democracy
From Trust to Political Power
The Unwritten Historyof the Heart
Notes Gratitudes
Democracys Ecosystem Chapter II Confessions of anAccidental Citizen

The Loom of Democracy Learning to Hold Tension Creatively
Life in the Company of Strangers
Safe Space for Deep Democracy
The Discussion Guide Authors

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PARKER J. PALMER, whose books have sold over a millioncopies, holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley and eleven honorary doctorates. In 2011, theUtne Reader named him one of twenty-five “People Who AreChanging Your World.” He is Founder and Senior Partner of theCenter for Courage & Renewal.

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