"Cultivating Empathy" presents a collection of essays about the author's wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop "otherizing"--which occurs when we either demonize people or romanticize them. Walker's remedy for these kinds of projections is to employ the moral imagination as an everyday spiritual practice. He shows that through this approach, we can save ourselves from irresponsibly using our imaginations by cultivating genuine empathy for those we previously held in contempt. We can visualize ourselves playing various characters within a conflict and choose not to play a lead role in the drama. Throughout the book he endeavors to find connection with skinheads, murderers, homophobic preachers, privileged 1 percenters, and Monsanto executives.
An online companion workbook will help readers to hone these skills through a variety of exercises.
Poems of love and passion and the heartache it sometime brings. Learn how prevention and old time intervention may save your life. Poems of hope and hope for a better life, how hope and dreams are a God given thing, Poems about family, church and growing up experiences. This book is also about losses in this life as well as the many things you will gain on this journey. The love for her father and a mother that left a yearning in her heart. All of this and more have been captured in a wealth of poetry that you will love. This book will make you laugh and cry and I hope it will inspire you to change your life to glorify God.