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Courting the Wild Twin

Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Chelsea Green
 | 
March, 2020
ISBN:
9781603589505
In stock now: 
8
$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

An old legend says we each have a wild, curious twin that was thrown out the window the night we were born, taking much of our vitality with them. If there was something we were meant to do with our few, brief years on Earth, we can be sure that the wild twin is holding the key.

In Courting the Wild Twin, Martin Shaw invites us to seek out our wild twin—a metaphor for the part of ourselves that we generally shun or ignore to conform to societal norms—to invite them back into our consciousness, for they have something important to tell us.

So, for a moment, I ask us to entertain possibilities, that’s all. Put down the podcast or latest gut-churning piece of will-draining bad news, and let’s crouch by the fire in the old way that is forever new. Somebody wants to talk to you.

Through the use of scholarship, storytelling, and personal reflection, Shaw unpacks two ancient European fairy tales that concern the mysterious wild twin. By reading these tales and becoming storytellers ourselves, he suggests we can restore our agency and confront modern challenges with purpose, courage, and creativity.

Courting the Wild Twin is a book of literary activism—an antidote to the shallow thinking that typifies our age. It challenges us to wake up, to revive our “condition of wondering” and examine our broken relationships with the world. We need to think boldly, wildly and in new ways about ourselves, as individuals and as a collective, to confront modern challenges with purpose, courage and creativity.

Shaw asks us to recognize mythology as a secret weapon—a radical, beautiful, heart-shuddering agent of deep, lasting change.

“This remarkable, powerful, provocative and timely book is about the same size as your smartphone. Carry it in your other pocket, and every time you reach for your phone, take this out instead. Give your imagination, your activism, your poetic/mythic self some soul food. That’s what I did, and it delighted me every time.’Rob Hopkins, author of From What Is to What If  

“Martin Shaw turns words into stories and stories into unpredictable excursions in search of the Wild Twin within each and all. He reveals the importance of this often exiled, yet deeply necessary inner otherness, the very part that holds the secret sense of rapport and essential relatedness that entwines human nature with the heart of Mother Nature.” Michael Meade, author of Awakening the Soul

Publisher’s Description: 

Master mythologist Martin Shaw uses timeless story-wisdom to examine our broken relationship with the world

There is an old legend that says we each have a wild, curious twin that was thrown out the window the night we were born, taking much of our vitality with them. If there was something we were meant to do with our few, brief years on Earth, we can be sure that the wild twin is holding the key.

In Courting the Wild Twin, Dr. Martin Shaw invites us to seek out our wild twina metaphor for the part of ourselves that we generally shun or ignore to conform to societal normsto invite them back into our consciousness, for they have something important to tell us. He challenges us to examine our broken relationship with the world, to think boldly, wildly, and in new ways about ourselvesas individuals and as a collective.

Through the use of scholarship, storytelling, and personal reflection, Shaw unpacks two ancient European fairy tales that concern the mysterious wild twin. By reading these tales and becoming storytellers ourselves, he suggests we can restore our agency and confront modern challenges with purpose, courage, and creativity.

Courting the Wild Twin is a declaration of literary activism and an antidote to the shallow thinking that typifies our age. Shaw asks us to recognize mythology as a secret weapona radical, beautiful, heart-shuddering agent of deep, lasting change.

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