- Paperback: 273 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; Edition Unstated edition (July 21, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807020052
- ISBN-13: 978-0807020050
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A perceptive, groundbreaking analysis of inspired lives. . . . This is a guidebook for the soul. —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"A truly refreshing book! In a day when the political and spiritual air has grown stale with cynicism, discouragement, and indirection, this beautifully written, penetrating study could not be more welcome or valuable. No teacher, parent, or civic leader who cares about nurturing social commitment can fail to be informed and inspired by this remarkable and surprisingly practical book." —Robert Kegan, author of In Over Our Heads
"Eloquent and profound, Common Fire addresses what Americans everywhere long for: a sense of the common good, an emphasis on community and compassion in everyday life, a values-based politics in the public sphere. A compelling, encouraging work." —Jim Wallis, author of The Soul of Politics
"A profound exposition and penetrating commentary on some of life's most important issues." —Clarence G. Newsome, dean, Howard Divinity School
"A compelling portrait of people who choose to make a difference and thus inspire us all." —Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy
About the Author
Laurent A. Parks Daloz is professor in adult education at Lesley College and associate director of the Whidbey Institute. Cheryl H. Keen and James P. Keen are professors at Antioch College. Sharon Daloz Parks is associate director of the Whidbey Institute and author of The Critical Years: Young Adults and the Search for Meaning, Faith, and Commitment.
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Citing scholars as diverse as Ronald Heifetz (of "Leadership W/out Easy Answers"), Robert Kegan (of "In Over Our Heads"), Nel Noddings (of "Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics & Moral Education"), Robert Bellah et al. (of "Habits of the Heart"), Robert Putnam (of "Bowling Alone"), Lev Vygotsky (of "Thought and Language,"), Cornel West (of "Race Matters," etc.), Erik Erikson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Peter Senge (of "The 5th Discipline"), and Garrett Hardin (who wrote the seminal essay: "The Tragedy of the Commons")--as well as MANY others, "Common Fire" touches its readers in remarkably nuanced and incisive ways.
The book chronicles the lives of actual people who are extraordinarily committed to serving the common/public good. These (auto)biographical sources lend the book an air of practical, non-fictional, personal authority. The "subjects" of the authors' study thus come across with all their human subjectivity, diversity, and individuality intact. But the book is also carefully enough researched, and thoroughly enough informed, that it conveys a more sweeping sense of "objective truth," as well. Perhaps that's because its authors understand and appreciate paradox, mystery, etc.
Dialectiticians at heart, they see the world thru' a subtle lens of dialectical sophistication & perspicacity. Moreover, their lyrical, compelling prose makes it a veritable page-turner. This book is engrossing. Once it entranced me within its seductive clutches, I couldn't put it down. When I finally finished it, I felt CHANGED, renewed, inspired in a way books rarely make me feel. "Common Fire" demonstrates the power of "constructive engagement with otherness," of the transcendent joy and possibilities of "living within and beyond our respective tribes," of "developing critical habits of mind, a responsible imagination," and "struggling with human fallibility."
SOMETHING has made you investigate this book thus far. I recommend your continuing to follow WHATEVER cosmic force is drawing you thither: So now you have only to go get your hands on this book in order to feel its promethean spark!