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Palmer (The Courage to Teach) seeks to help us "rejoin soul and role," so that individuals and communities can be healed from the ravages of consumerism, injustice and violence. No small task, yet in classic Palmer style, this mission is fleshed out with stories, poems, personal confessions and a plan—concrete steps for creating "circles of trust" where honest, open sharing allows each person's "inner teacher" to show up. (Ground rules: "no fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight.") Palmer's concern is that too many people have "divided lives," with personal values that don't match what they are asked to do in the world to succeed. He argues that "the soul is real and powerful" and is "safe only in relationships with certain qualities," ones that "protect, border and salute" the time it takes to hear our "inner teacher." Never naïve, Palmer warns that these "circles of trust" are not management tools that organizations can force on employees for some grand motive, such as crisis control or increased productivity. They are the opposite of quick fixes—places where we sit and wait for our souls to tell the truth. This book is a treasure—an inspiring, useful blueprint for building safe places where people can commit to "act in every situation in ways that honor the soul."
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“NEW TO THIS EDITION: Circles of Trust DVD containing interviews with Parker J. Palmer and Bringing the Book to Life, by Caryl Hurtig Casbon and Sally Z. Hare, a reader's and leader's guide.”See all Editorial Reviews
deep and meaningful and so much wisdom to use in daily life. LOVE.Published 2 days ago by TYLER LEWKE
What an amazing book. I'm on my second reading. I'll be ordering the hardback for the cd.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a process that goes to a depth that can truly make a difference. It respects each person's willingness to share and be vulnerable. It doesn't push or demand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Struck
This is a great guidebook for small groups hoping to develop mutual discernment and personal growth.Published 1 month ago by Mary Anne Berry
Useful and meaningful for our Church discussion group. It is being used for our Congregation-led summer program.Published 1 month ago by Patricia F. Greenig
I went through this book as part of a class. It is well-written. It goes into quite some detail regarding the Circles of Trust. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sugar Bear