Writing to Change the World

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Penguin, May 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 272 pages
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, Another Country, and The Shelter of Each Other comes an inspirational book that shows how words can change the world.

Words are the most powerful tools at our disposal. With them, writers have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, started wars and ended them. Writers can change the way we think and transform our definitions of right and wrong.

Writing to Change the World is a beautiful paean to the transformative power of words. Encapsulating Mary Pipher's years as a writer and therapist, it features rousing commentary, personal anecdotes, memorable quotations, and stories of writers who have helped reshape society. It is a book that will shake up readers' beliefs, expand their minds, and possibly even inspire them to make their own mark on the world.
 

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User Review  - Kassilem - LibraryThing

I read this book for my college English class and enjoyed it so much I finished it early. It is not a book about how to write, but on how to use writing to "change the world". As a writer myself ... Read full review

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User Review  - LivelyLady - LibraryThing

The author writes about the importance as well as the how-to in order to write and speak to change your world. I liked how she used her experience as a therapist as a backdrop for some of her points ... Read full review

Contents

What We Alone Can Say
17
WRITING TO CONNECT
19
KNOW THYSELF
33
WHAT YOU ALONE CAN SAY
45
GROWING OUR SOULS
53
MR USA
65
The Writing Process
73
DIVING INGETTING STARTED
75
COOLING DOWNREVISING
149
LETTERS
167
SPEECHES
183
PERSONAL ESSAYS
205
BLOGSA REVOLUTIONARY NEW TOOL
215
MUSIC AND POETRY
223
SEEKING STILLNESSINSPIRING ACTION
237
Recommended Readings
243

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHANGE
89
SWIMMING ALONGTHE WRITING PROCESS
109
POINT OF VIEW
133
Acknowledgments
255
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Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, and Another Country, as well as Seeking Peace and Writing to Change the World. She lives in Nebraska.

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