You Have the Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear

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Frances Moore Lappé-author of the million-selling Diet for a Small Planet-and Jeffrey Perkins offer the radical notion that our fears can be a source of energy to create the lives and the world we want.

Now more than ever, it seems, our lives and the lives of our loved ones are at risk. Our normal response is to retreat. But what if fear were not a negative force but a positive one-a source of energy and strength? Sharing their own intimate journeys with fear, as well as the ...

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Overview

Frances Moore Lappé-author of the million-selling Diet for a Small Planet-and Jeffrey Perkins offer the radical notion that our fears can be a source of energy to create the lives and the world we want.

Now more than ever, it seems, our lives and the lives of our loved ones are at risk. Our normal response is to retreat. But what if fear were not a negative force but a positive one-a source of energy and strength? Sharing their own intimate journeys with fear, as well as the experiences of others, the authors offer seven liberating notions that can help unleash your power to walk into the unknown and create a more fulfilling, authentic life.

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Challenging the "official word" that has proclaimed fear an essential attribute of patriotism, Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet; Hope's Edge) and Curious Minds workshop founder Perkins share portraits of extraordinary, ordinary people who have overcome their personal fears. The book seeks to help readers let go of limiting ideas about fear in order to realize free expression and happiness. Following concise yet powerful chapters on listening to fear as a signal, facing the void, showing up with fear, creating with conflict, seeing enemies as teachers, choosing a tribe, and multiplying courage, the authors provide additional resources, including relevant web sites, reading-group discussion questions, and suggestions on how to create courage circles. The authors thankfully eschew the limited thinking found in denominational dogma, such as Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Life, for a higher plane of thought usually found in Eastern philosophy, as evidenced in the writings of Pema Chodron (When Things Fall Apart; The Places That Scare You). In today's heightened sense of pending doom, readers will likely embrace this sagacious, soundly explained philosophy. Fans of Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will also find this material of value. Highly recommended for academic libraries supporting philosophy curriculum and all public libraries.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585424245
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/21/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 439,368
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Moore Lappe is the author of Diet for a Small Planet and more than a dozen other books.

Jeffrey Perkins is the founder of Curious Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young people pursue their life's work.

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Table of Contents

Our Journey 1
Seven Swordsmen at the Door 7
1 Kathryn's Cry: On Hearing Fear as a Signal 27
2 Dark Matter: On Facing the Void 43
3 Ninety Percent of Life: On Showing Up with Fear 61
4 The Fires of Creation: On Creating with Conflict 81
5 The Dragon's Mouth: On Enemies as Teachers 105
6 The Kayakers' Cove: On Choosing Our Tribe 123
7 Women in the Rain: On Multiplying Courage 151
Fear, Courage, and Hope 171
Choosing Courage: Ideas for Discussion and Action 175
Reading Group Discussion Questions 177
Creating Your Own Courage Circles 183
Seven Old Thoughts and Seven New Thoughts About Fear 189
Recommended Reading 191
Selected Resources for a "Hope News" Diet 195
Words to Embolden 204
Acknowledgments 207
Endnotes 211
Index 219
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