In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmerquickens our instinct to seek the common good and gives us thetools to do it. This timely, courageous and practicalwork—intensely personal as well as political—is notabout them, "those people" in Washington D.C., or in ourstate capitals, on whom we blame our political problems. It's aboutus, "We the People," and what we can do in everyday settingslike families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations andworkplaces to resist divide-and-conquer politics and restore agovernment "of the people, by the people, for the people."
In the same compelling, inspiring prose that has made him abestselling author, Palmer explores five "habits of the heart" thatcan help us restore democracy's foundations as we nurture them inourselves and each other:
Healing the Heart of Democracy is an eloquent andempowering call for "We the People" to reclaim ourdemocracy. The online journal Democracy & Educationcalled it "one of the most important books of the early 21stCentury." And Publishers Weekly, in a Starred Review, said"This beautifully written book deserves a wide audience that willbenefit from discussing it."
PARKER J. PALMER, whose books have sold over a millioncopies, holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley and eleven honorary doctorates. In 2011, theUtne Reader named him one of twenty-five “People Who AreChanging Your World.” He is Founder and Senior Partner of theCenter for Courage & Renewal.
Teachers choose their vocation for reasons of the heart, becausethey care deeply about their students and about their subject. Butthe demands of teaching cause too many educators to lose heart. Isit possible to take heart in teaching once more so that we cancontinue to do what good teachers always do -- give heart to ourstudents?
In The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer takes teachers onan inner journey toward reconnecting with their vocation and theirstudents -- and recovering their passion for one of the mostdifficult and important of human endeavors.