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More than three dozen women, and a few men, come together to represent diverse but complementary points of views dealing with society’s most pressing problems, from economic recovery to environmental responsibility, from political viability to personal vulnerability. Committed, concerned, connected, each contributor demonstrates a passionate devotion to causes that have only one common goal: the betterment of humankind. Positing that the leadership needed to bring these various missions to fruition must reflect both a theoretically feminine mindset—one that is inherently respectful, cooperative, and inclusive—while exhibiting the focused, determined, and assertive characteristics traditionally labeled as masculine behavior, Simons showcases the works of ardent individuals whose philosophies and actions exemplify these shared attributes. From playwright Eve Ensler and author Alice Walker to activist Jodie Evans and artist Lily Yeh, the prominent and unknown share equal billing in this stimulating, hopeful, and imaginative collection that provides limitless motivation for those wishing to effect change on a personal or global level. --Carol Haggas


Moonrise gathers some of the world’s best feminist voices, its clearest environmental visionaries and its strongest culture-changing advocates into one collection of pure, hopeful possibility. Highly recommended.” (Diana Rajchel,, June 2011)

“If you ever needed inspiration and advice for cultivating your leadership skills as a woman, you will find examples of how to find strength, re-examine priorities, nurture collaboration and find the best path to social, progressive and environmental change.” (Awareness Magazine April 2012)

“Moonrise gives me the juice to bound forward into the future with hope and excitement.” (Candy Jones, Living Green Magazine, January 2013)

“. . . the prominent and unknown [contributors] share equal billing in this stimulating, hopeful, and imaginative collection, which provides limitless motivation for those wishing to effect change on a personal or global level.” (Carol Haggas, Booklist, October 2010)

"Reading Moonrise--or even scanning the names of contributors and titles--will make the reader very aware that there are many important conversations, thoughts, and feelings articulated here. It is affirming to find in the words of others, our own heart-felt knowledge expressed, or echoed. Within these pages, there is feminine wisdom and collaborative ways of solving problems that the planet sorely needs now." (Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Urgent Message From Mother, Aug 2010)

“Nina Simons’ Moonrise brings together thirty wise essays on transforming the old ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ division into a human style of leadership. These are writers and activists who know how to link rather than rank, and so can help each of us to learn as well as to lead.” (Gloria Steinem, pioneering feminist, author, and founder of Ms. Magazine)

Moonrise is like a warm blanket on a cold night. Its nurturing stories touch the heart. And it is like a dip in the pool on a hot day, enlivening the mind. You’ll keep this book by your bed always, ready when you need to read or reread the essays for leadership inspiration and aspiration.” (Gloria Feldt, author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power)

“May this book filled with the words of women still connected to their heart, in fact, still driven by the passion of its thought, be a guide to others for believing we can think and feel intensely at the same time, finding our way to balance with all that exists.” (Alice Walker, author and poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award)

“If you have ever wondered why some of us believe that women have the power to change the world or if you have asked yourself why so many women are remarkable and brave leaders (and even in the case that you are skeptical about these claims and want to see some concrete evidence), this is the book for you. Such a rich range of experience is described in these pages, stories of resistance, creativity, and care fueled by a profound sense of connection with the earth, family, neighborhoods, community, and widening circles of common cause. To a war-torn world, beset by poverty, pollution, and global warming, this collection seeds not only hope but also courage by presenting us with so many clear paths to action.” (Susan Griffin, author of Woman and Nature, A Chorus of Stones, and Wrestling with the Angel of Democ)

Moonrise shows us the power of leading with love--a power we must all learn the use of if we are to save our planet and civilization.” (Judy Wicks, founder of White Dog Café and Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)

"How could the title of this book not hook you?  Power.  Women.  Heart.  So, maybe I was biased from the beginning.  Honestly, I was hoping that the book would be "all that."  It was.  By page fifteen, not having gotten past the editor's introduction, I was pulsing with energy. . . Each and every essay contained in Moonrise is inspiring, touching, and revitalizing to the reader.  Not all of the authors are women, but each and every one of them celebrates the unique gifts that women bring to the world in the form of their vision and perspective as caring, compassionate individuals, who have found ways to rise above feelings of powerlessness and living in the minority to honor their communities, societies, and indeed, the entire planet." (Kari O'Driscoll, Feminist Review, August 2010)

"The stories from these activists, biologists, doctors, writers and others offer glimpses into their leadership impulses, and how they perceive and use their feminine strengths, and ways they are reinventing a more yin-based leadership model.  Many of them have mentored dozens of younger women, so there are sure to be valuable mentoring gems in their stories." (Whole Life Times, September 2010)

"Like an inspirational daybook and resource for social and environmental change visionaries, Moonrise shines beams of hope on efforts to bring inner feminine qualities into conscious leadership--and illuminates what the result can look like. . . . After reading thirty-seven rich, true perspectives, some may find the heartbreak and loss of our mistakes too much to bear.  Yet, as women recognize, tears can soften unyielding ground.  This compendium for change agents is highly recommended." (Bobbye Middendorf, ForeWord Reviews, October 2010)

"Moonrise should be required reading to anyone, particularly women, who are looking for inspiring ideas, unique perspectives, and calls to action with regards to the social and environmental challenges that we're all facing." (The Magical Buffet, October 2010)

"All thirty essays convey healing to the separation of masculine and feminine by bringing the two together as one and forging forward in harmony.  Each Story has a powerful message; a message of hope." (Irene Watson, Reader Views, October 2010)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; 1 edition (August 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594773521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773525
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Farrin on October 2, 2010
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This fabulous book offers diverse insights from some of this worlds most influential female leaders, all of which present their stories in ways that are incredibly encouraging and inspirational. This book has caused me to open my home again for women to gather together to share and learn from the MOONRISE stories that Nina Simons has so brilliantly complied for us. Thank You Nina for offering the world stories that restore the power of women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Raphael on February 7, 2011
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Our reading circle has been reading Moonrise. What amazing voices of hope and inspiration are held within! The stories have opened interesting discussions about the world and our actions in it - Cathy

I love these women and they are so inspiring and discussing it with the reading group has also made me realize the inspiring women we have in our own lives who are doing so much important work for mankind and the planet and the universe - Mary Ruth

Moonrise is a beautiful compilation of remarkable women and the passion that they bring to this world! Their visions are powerfully inspirational and restore deep hope and trust that the sacredness of humanity, and all life force on the planet is held in reverence. With power like this, we cannot help but create a greater world! - Susan

I have been touched by the depth of purpose, vision, and caring of the women who speak through Moonrise. I am grateful that the book includes women of varied races, classes, and nationalities as that inclusivity makes it more empowering to women all over the world. I have recommended this book to many people for its messages of hope, possibility, and responsibility to and for all life on this planet. - Karen
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I’ve long wanted to be a woman who follows her passions, honors her highest values, and uses her strengths to make an impact for the common good. Reading Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, edited by Nina Simons with Anneke Campbell has ignited me to take action towards living this life.

If an injustice has ever angered you, if you’ve wanted to create something authentic to who you are, if you’ve been told that your ideas are well-intentioned but unrealistic, if you’ve ever wanted to make a risky move in your career. If you know your life journey to be larger and you want to make a difference, but all the voices around you, and that loudest one – the one inside of you – has shut you down, made you stay small, play it safe, keep the status quo. You will find reading this book invigorating, like taking that first delicious gulp of crystalline water after a long arduous hike.

That’s how I experienced reading Moonrise, a gift from a friend. Essay after essay, these voices fired me up with their stories, their passion and courage. It was like having a direct line to the world’s most visionary, creative, compassionate leaders – artists, writers, scientists, social entrepreneurs, humanitarians, doctors to name a few of the walks of life represented in this book – who are actively, fearlessly changing the world. I read the book during a time of transition when I was searching to align my life’s work with my highest values. Having worked and built my identity in both the corporate and creative spheres followed by years off the career path to raise my children, I was so excited to learn about the kind of leadership described in Moonrise – where women charged forth with their strengths, strengths not often seen or celebrated in the eyes of the world as such.
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By cj on December 18, 2010
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Book Review: Moonrise The Power of Women Leading form the Heart Edited by Nina Simons with Anneke Campbell, Foreword by Terry Tempest Williams

Moonrise is as spectacular as a Harvest Moonrise. It soars large into the sky, gathering with it the visions dreams and actions of a collective of true visionaries, setting the readership into a distinctively uplifting and edifying journey into the solutions being bantered about by this earth's greatest minds and hearts. Moonrise cleverly and systematically creates an arch of comprehension, sensitization, and yes illumination on to the pressing social and environmental issues of the day and beyond. Nina Simons, co founder of the legendary Bioneers organization, has amassed a spectacular collection of thirty-seven essays written by both herself and other leading Pioneer (hence Bioneers) thinkers of our times who are tackling some of the world's greatest social ills all in a fashion distinctively outside of the box, and, yes, the box is recycled!

Whenever I open a book on what I perceive to be one devoted to discussing social/environmental/political problems I do so with a hefty sense of trepidation. After all, contemplating the world's ills can be overwhelming if not depressing. Yet, with Moonrise, the moon sheds little glare and spawns soothing rays of inspiration as the reader is provided truly innovative solutions and on-going programs that are successfully battling the very ills of which we despair. That's 37 chapters of solutions in motion.

One such visionary providing a solution is Judy Wick with her essay on Local Living Economy. Judy Wicks is the founder of the landmark White Dog Café in Philadelphia. Judy has rethought success, community, and relationship, to say nothing of her concept of business.
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