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The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Drawing on decades of teaching an empowerment approach known as the Work That Reconnects, the authors guide us through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality, and holistic science. This process equips us with tools to face the mess we're in and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.

©2012 Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone (P)2017 Tantor

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"To the future beings of the twenty-second century, Active Hope might turn out to be the most important book written in the twenty-first." (Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft)

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Life changing book for times of change

This book has profoundly moved and awakened me. I feel refreshed and with a courageous new motivation to fully commit to making positive changes in this important time. Just what we need to help strengthen us. Highly recommended. I’ll be buying copies as gifts.

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Life-giving

Life-changing, path-redirecting. Listening to this every day helped me get through a rough patch of life renavigating. Truly a one of a kind book, it lifts you up, gives you hope and most importantly gives you strategic exercises that bring your to be an active participant in the change of the world for the better. Infinite gratitude for this precious guide.

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Hope conquers despair

It's so easy to despair about the future right now. This was true when the book was written but doubly so during the pandemic. Learning about how to build and foster hope and how to find practical ways to move ourselves in the right direction is invaluable.

The book's content is great. I wasn't a big fan of the narration style, which I think befits a guided meditation session better than an audiobook.

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This book is a survival guide for our time

Active Hope is a powerful book deploying valuable information and wisdom to help us face the environmental crisis with energy and enjoyment. It's hard hitting in all the right ways and balance with wisdom that is vital in an age where our sense of how to find meaning in our lives is largely crippled by consumerist culture values that most of us are conditioned into believing are the only way to fulfilment. This book is essential, with nothing said that didn't need to be, and right on point with its title: how to find Active Hope, and face the mess we are in without going crazy. It is truly transformational and I think would be useful to support all people at this time of global crisis.

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A book for our time

Pertinent & fresh in these turbulent times. the shambala prophecy particularly stood out for me but value throughout.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 19-07-17

One of the most inspiring and powerful books

When I started reading this book in a depressive phase, it helped me get out of it by applying "Active hope" to my personal life.

Now, whenever I feel a lack of motivation for my participation in the "Great Turning", or even lost touch with the purpose of my life, I listened to a part. Mostly after just 5 min, I was totally inspired and wired again, energized to do the exercises, and to work on creating an organisation...

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  • Molly C. Bennett
  • 19-06-18

Fairly basic and not intersectional

This book may have been helpful to me 8 years ago when I was just entering activism and awareness of problems. But for someone who has been working in intersectional activism spaces for many years, this book is far too basic to be useful. It focuses in on climate change almost exclusively and from a very white, middle class perspective. It doesn't go into how to deal with more immediate and life threatening problems like violence based on race or sexuality/gender. Save your money and read a book by a person of color instead.

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  • Eve Botelho
  • 25-04-19

Much food for thought.

I found the orators voice so distracting it was hard to take in a great deal of the book and it’s message I’m sorry to say.

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  • Makenzie
  • 09-09-20

Somewhat Helpful

I found it difficult to get through this book, mainly due to the narrator's voice. Nearly every word was over-annunciated, which distracted from the actual content. There were some helpful writing prompts and motivational moments in the book, but overall I felt like it didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know. It would have been nice if there was some mention of the fact that every individual has the power to help reverse the climate crisis by cutting meat and dairy out of their diets. Making a significant impact is actually that simple. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change and yet so many "environmentalists" are unwilling to change their personal habits to align with the cause they claim to be fighting for.

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  • Leah D. Schade
  • 17-11-19

Equipping us for "active hope"

Helpful practices in every chapter to equip us for practicing the skills of "active hope" needed for the days ahead. The Great Turning will need all of us.
Narration was a bit annoying. Overreach on earnestness led to a stilted and unnatural diction and cadence.

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  • 19-09-17

Essential reading for our time

Clarity wisdom and compassion abound in this beautiful book about the great turnout. If you are concerned about the state of the natural world at this point in human history then you may resonate to much of what she has to say. Joanna has been at this work for decades end it shows in the wisdom and depth of what she has to say. Please read this book and join the movement for a more just sane and sustainable civilization.