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“Sarah Wilson is a force of nature – quite literally. She has taken her pain and grief about our sick and troubled world and alchemized it into action, advocacy, adventure, poetry, and true love.” — ELIZABETH GILBERT

Will you sleep through the revolution? Or do you want to wake up and reclaim your one, wild and precious life? From New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson comes a spiritual guidebook for surviving and thriving during challenging times.

Many of us are living with the sense that things are not right with the world, as global problems like the pandemic, the climate crisis, political polarization, and social injustice mount, leaving us in a state of spiritual PTSD. We have retreated, morally and psychologically; we are experiencing a crisis of disconnection—from one another, from our true values, from joy, and from life as we feel we are meant to be living it.

Sarah Wilson argues that this sense of despair and disconnection is ironically what unites us—that deep down, we are all feeling that same itch for a new way of living. This One Wild and Precious Life opens our eyes to how we got here and offers a radically hopeful path forward. Drawing on science, literature, philosophy and the wisdom of some of the world’s leading experts, and her personal journey, Wilson weaves a one-of-a-kind narrative that lights the way back to the life we love. En route, she shows us how to wake up an reconnect with life with “wild practices” that include:

  • Hike. Just hike. Great minds throughout history have embraced the “walking cure” and we should do the same.
  • Go to your edge. Do what scares you and embrace discomfort daily.
  • #Buylesslivemore. Break the cycle of mindless consumption and get light with your life: Ditch your car, stop shopping, and live out of one bag
  • Become a soul nerd. Embrace poetry, deep reading, art, and classical music to light up your intellect.
  • Get “full-fat spiritual”. How to have an active practice—beyond the “lite” “rainbows and unicorns”—and use it to change the world.
  • Practice wild activism. If you can get 3.5 per cent of a population to participate in sustained, non-violent protest, change happens. We create our better world.

The time has come to boldly, wildly, imagine better. We are being called upon, individually and as a society, to forge a new path and to find a new way of living. Will you join the journey?

©2020 Sarah Wilson (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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important book

This is the kind of book I've been waiting to read for a long while. So grateful to Sarah for stepping up to do this. She researched and created this informative and inspiring book, covering her personal experiences and how we can move forward in ours to help slow climate change. Interesting quotes weaved throughout from great thinkers and made me realise, yes I'm doing some things to help but there is still more I can do....I'm more hopeful this movement of people will expand and reach the tipping point needed to heal the planet, the creatures on it and ourselves! Thank you Sarah 😊🙏

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A very important book….

This is a great listen and so important for our times. All shared in a very generous, realistic and human way. Read and take heed.

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Essential Reading

Sarah speaks the truth of why we are in this mess, how we got here, and what we can do about it. I couldn't have put it better myself and this has been something I've been passionate about for a long, long time.

How do we fix this mess of a planet and fight back against the forces of human darkness that seem hell bent on pushing us towards extinction? Well, don't count on your governments to do anything about it. They are merely puppets of the oligarchs. It is we, the people, the awake ones, the adults in the room, that need to take action and this book is as good a road map as you'll get on how you can do it AND find purpose and meaning in your life to boot.

Essential reading for everyone that wants their kids and grandkids to have a future. Start where you are and get busy. Now. We are running out of time.

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Another truly meaningful book from Sarah Wilson

Having read ‘First We Make the Beast Beautiful’ multiple times, I was excited to read Sarah’s new novel. Again it is honest and strong - she sets out thought provoking and challenging insights that I feel I can relate to my own life, even though my ‘blocks’ aren’t the ones Sarah refers to. Her concepts of being uncomfortable, having resilience and living on the edge of life resonate so well. So, although I don’t agree with all of Sarah’s views - her ideas enable me to follow my own goals in a more ‘adult’ and measured way - to have hope, rather than optimism and to embrace challenges rather than fear them. In addition, the way she writes (or reads) makes me feel as though she is directly talking to me, which is great for an audible book. Thank you so much Sarah for another truly meaningful book.

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Absorbing and enlightening

There are Journeys within journeys in this expansive and enlightening book. It’s easy to get caught up in the hopeless of consumerism and humanity’s mistakes. A book like this reminds us that there is light in the darkness, and ultimately hope.

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Wild & precious

Would highly recommend this, so interesting & loved listening to this on my daily walk around my local park. Inspiring & brilliant. Loved Sarah’s narration, calm & melodic. 🌼

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An inspiring, though provoking call to arms

Highly recommend
Loved listening to this on audible and has served as a great companion on my lock downs walks
Many thanks Sarah

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amazing author, inspirational woman

this is the second book I've read of Sarah's and it moved me as much as her first. she is humourous, thought provoking and encourages me to do better in all aspects of life and for our planet.

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  • 13-03-21

Excellent, Inspiring Book!

I want everyone to read this book(or listen to it)! I tend to swing between a state of overwhelm and dispair regarding the environmental craziness and the general state of humanity, and fleeting moments of hopeful inspiration. I have to admit, I often turn away from the problems we face because it is just so exhausting trying to take care of my daily personal responsibilities AND fight for the environment and human rights. The news I'd a horror show, and it all feels like too much. However, in my heart ,I still yearn to save us from the disaster we are on the brink of.

In this book,Sarah creates a clear path forward for us, mixing in moving and engaging personal stories from her life traveling and hiking the world. I can not recommend it highly enough.


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  • 07-11-21

A lot about her personal life - very long

Perhaps another narrator would be better. Sometimes her pride in herself is just too much to take. There are good points here and there...

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  • Griffin P.
  • 23-06-21

Must read then act

This book was very well articulated and it’s obvious she cares. I hope we all can rally with her.

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  • Kathryn Holze
  • 21-06-22

4.5/5. The story we really need for these times.

The only reason it's not a five (hell, I'd give this book 6 stars of I could) Is because the author does contribute a huge section near the end of the books basically being like "oh kids these days, in my day we walked both ways up the hill to school in the snow yada yada yada" and blaming young people for the world's ills is A) overdone B) outdated and C) off the mark. Besides that, this book is truly the answer the questions we're just beginning to understand about how we got to such a fractured world and where we go from here. I'd recommend this book to everyone, especially those concerned with the state of everything and wanting answers.

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  • A. Hasselbring
  • 23-05-22

The best listen in a long time

I am so soothed and touched to hear the truths laid out so sensitively and tenaciously here. Grateful and moved into more action every day.

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  • Phil Owens
  • 25-01-22

If this book doesn’t move you, your dead

Sarah is the man in the arena fighting to wake up humanity and help guide us down a path to save ourselves, each other and the planet.

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  • Deanna Brown
  • 26-11-21

Huzzah

A wonderfully well written rally cry for change, Sarah Wilson is so powerful. A must listen or read.