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Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone
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Joy McConnell
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very important book for our time. I suggested it for my book group. It was challenging for all of us. Grounded in gratitude, we long for a sustainable future for all beings on our Earth. This book prepares us for understanding what our current "business as usual" culture and moving beyond where we are now to changing how we live and curb our personal impact on our environment and climate.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A guide to how to have hope and act on one's hope in these troubled times. Although the theme is the environment, many of the ideas could be applied to other issues. Along with the authors' philosophy, there are many practical ideas and examples.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book the morning Donald Trump's election victory was announced. This book served as an antidote to the despair I felt at that news. Active hope is present when we act in accordance with our vision of a preferred future. The authors offer several practical tools for developing vision, viewing the present struggle, assessing our support networks, setting ourselves in history and moving into an uncertain future. Well written with many personal examples the book . For me the theme of ...more
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“Active Hope is not wishful thinking.
Active Hope is not waiting to be rescued . . . .
by some savior.
Active Hope is waking up to the beauty of life
on whose behalf we can act.
We belong to this world.
The web of life is calling us forth at this time.
We’ve come a long way and are here to play our part.
With Active Hope we realize that there are adventures in store,
strengths to discover, and comrades to link arms with.
Active Hope is a readiness to discover the strengths
in ourselves and in others;
a readiness to discover the reasons for hope
and the occasions for love.
A readiness to discover the size and strength of our hearts,
our quickness of mind, our steadiness of purpose,
our own authority, our love for life,
the liveliness of our curiosity,
the unsuspected deep well of patience and diligence,
the keenness of our senses, and our capacity to lead.
None of these can be discovered in an armchair or without risk.”
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