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  • Published: 15 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781523095438
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $35.00

On The Brink Of Everything

Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old



From beloved and bestselling author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy), comes a beautiful book of reflections on what we can learn as we move closer to "the brink of everything."

Drawing on eight decades of life -- and his career as a writer, teacher, and activist -- Palmer explores the questions age raises and the promises it holds. "Old," he writes, "is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to dive deep into life, not withdraw to the shallows."

But this book is not for elders only. It was written to encourage adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. It's not a how-to-do-it book on aging, but a set of meditations in prose and poetry that turn the prism on the meaning(s) of one's life, refracting new light at every turn.

From beginning to end, the book is laced with humor as well as gravitas -- beautifully enhanced by three free downloadable songs from the gifted singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, written in response to themes in the book.

Table of Contents

Prelude

I. The View from the Brink: What I Can See from Here

II. Young & Old: The Dance of the Generations

III. Getting Real: From Illusion to Reality

IV. Work & Vocation: A Life in Writing

V. Keep Reaching Out: Staying Engaged with the World

VI. Keep Reaching In: Staying Engaged with Your Soul

VII. Over the Edge: Where We Go When We Die

Postlude

  • Published: 15 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781523095438
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $35.00

Praise for On The Brink Of Everything

“Parker J. Palmer’s books are long-treasured companions on my personal journey. His newest offering is clear-eyed and good-humored, luminously prophetic and disarmingly honest. It is tender to the core for our shared human condition and fierce with love and unguarded hope for our shared human possibility. It has the feel of a lovely kitchen table conversation between the author and reader, exploring thoughtful aging, finding meaning in hard times, and how we can deepen and balance our inner and outer landscapes at any stage of life. This book is a generous gift to a worried and weary world

Carrie Newcomer, musician, recording artist of The Beautiful Not Yet, author of A Permeable Life, and Grammy Award–winning songwriter

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