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A Language Older Than Words

Paperback Book
Chelsea Green
March, 2004
$34.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

There is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory. We have forgotten this language. We do not even remember that it exists.

Like an underground stream this powerful book is finding its courageous readers. From the author of Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture & Eros, A Language Older Than Words weaves together ancient wisdom, curiosity, and the innocence and curiosity of a child to profoundly answer the most pressing questions about human nature, our abuse of one another, our abuse of the precious life systems that support us, and our larger sense of community.

If I were to be honest, it could only be a cry of outrage, a lamentation, and at the same time a love story about that which is and that which was but is no longer. It would have to be about the potential for life and love and happiness we each carry inside but are too afraid to explore. The book would have to be raw and difficult, but it would also have to offer redemption... But no redemption can be found in the avoidance of difficult issues. Redemption comes only after we have moved through the horrors of our present situation to the better world that lies beyond it. By confronting the problem as courageously as we can and at the same time presenting alternatives, our barriers to clarity, including our false hopes, may crumble to reveal previously unseen possibilities.

“If any book can help us break free of this culture of denial, this is it. Stunningly original, grippingly personal, this book will shock you to your core while at the same time quickening your deepest yearnings for reconnection with the Earth and all its creatures. Jensen has achieved the impossible: a book that is simultaneously horrifying and uplifting, terrifying and beautiful. I could not put it down. Passages from this book will stay with me forever.” —Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet



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