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Coming Back to Life

The Updated Guide to the Work that Reconnects
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New Society Publishers
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November, 2014
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9780865717756
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$21.95 CAD
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Deepening global crises surround us. We are beset by climate change, fracking, tar sands extraction, GMOs, and mass extinctions of species, to say nothing of nuclear weapons proliferation and Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster in history. Many of us are grieving or in despair even as we feel called to respond to the threats to life on our planet.

Joanna Macy and Molly Brown address the anguish experienced by those who would confront the harsh realities of our time. In this fully updated 2014 edition of Coming Back to Life (a book whose first incarnation was published as Despair and Personal Empowerment in the Nuclear Age in 1983), they show how grief, anger and fear are healthy responses to threats to life, and when honored can free us from paralysis or panic, through the revolutionary practices of the Work that Reconnects. New chapters address engaging communities of color, children and teens in the Work.

This guidebook maps ways into our innate vitality and determination to take part in the self-healing of our world. It presents a form of group work that has grown steadily since the 1970s, helping hundreds of thousands of men and women around the globe find solidarity and courage to act, despite rapidly worsening social and ecological conditions… It is most effectively done in groups, for its methods are interactive and their power synergistic.

Coming Back to Life introduces the Work’s theoretical foundations, illuminating the angst of our era with extraordinary insight. Pointing the way forward out of apathy, it offers personal counsel as well as easy-to-use methods for group work that profoundly affect peoples’ outlook and ability to act in the world.

Group work, despair work, “seeing with new eyes,” the Council of All Beings process, “deep time,” meditations for coming back to life—these are among the many processes, perspectives, and tools Macy and Brown offer in this heartfelt, beautifully articulated book—a sacred text for our time.

The practices can yield remarkable openings to the truth of our common condition. They can bring us into fresh relationship with our world, and not only arouse our passion to protect life, but also steady us in a mutual belonging more real than our fears and even our hopes.

“As the world spirals ever deeper into disconnect, as we witness the natural world plundered and unraveling into horror, it becomes ever more difficult to muster the psycho-spiritual resources necessary to face the reality unflinching and compassionate, to swim against the current of egoism and denial and to represent life, speak for life, come back to life. The Testimony and practices contained in this volume offer us priceless and practical resources for transforming despair into creative action and answer the questions: “how are we to live at such a time? How are we to represent the 4 billion years of living ancestry on whose shoulders we stand and whose future lies in our trembling hands?” —John Seed, founder, Rainforest Information Center, Australia

Among Joanna Macy’s other books are World as Lover, World as Self and Active Hope.

Publisher’s Description: 

Deepening global crises surround us. We are beset by climate change, fracking, tar sands extraction, GMOs, and mass extinctions of species, to say nothing of nuclear weapons proliferation and Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster in history. Many of us fall prey to despair even as we feel called to respond to these threats to life on our planet.

Authors Joanna Macy and Molly Brown address the anguish experienced by those who would confront the harsh realities of our time. In this fully updated edition of Coming Back to Life, they show how grief, anger and fear are healthy responses to threats to life, and when honored can free us from paralysis or panic, through the revolutionary practice of the Work that Reconnects. New chapters addressengaging communities of color, children and teens in theWork.

The Work that Reconnects has spread around the world, inspiring hundreds of thousands to work toward a life-sustaining human culture. Coming Back to Life introduces the Work's theoretical foundations, illuminating the angst of our era with extraordinary insight. Pointing the way forward out of apathy, it offers personal counsel as well as easy-to-use methods for group work that profoundly affect peoples' outlook and ability to act in the world.

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