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From beloved and best-selling author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy) comes a brave and beautiful book of reflections on eight decades of life and work. Reframing aging as "a passage of discovery and engagement", Palmer says, "Old is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to take bigger risks on behalf of the common good." On the Brink of Everything is not a "guide to" or "handbook for" getting old. Instead, it's Palmer turning the prism of insight on his experience as a way of encouraging listeners to do the same with theirs. In elegant prose and lyrical poetry, he offers a set of meditations on the meanings of one's life - past, present, and future. 

“The laws of nature that dictate the sunset dictate our demise," Palmer writes. "But how we travel the arc between our own sunrise and sundown is ours to choose: will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration?" With gravity and levity, compassion and chutzpah, Palmer writes about cultivating a robust inner and outer life, a sense of meaning and purpose amid pain as well as joy, and the intergenerational relations that enhance the lives of young and old alike. Here's a book not only for elders but also for those younger folks we call "old souls". And this book sings! It includes three songs by Palmer's longtime friend and colleague, singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, written in response to themes in the book. 

Palmer and Newcomer hope to engage listeners in an ongoing conversation about what Howard Thurman called "the growing edge" of our personal and public lives. Ultimately, Palmer sees age as a precious gift: "The fact that I've come this far makes me one of the lucky ones." Surprised by the fact that he likes being old, he writes, "Welcome to the brink of everything. It takes a lifetime to get here, but the stunning view and the wake-up breeze in your face make it worth the trip."

©2018 Parker J. Palmer (P)2018 Parker J. Palmer

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Truth Beauty Hope

There is something here for everyone.
A dream for the young to hide in their heart.
Understanding for the middle aged, of the changes that are only glimpses.
Comfort for those on the brink, that the wild tide never really ends.
Something for everyone.

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Where do we go from here.

I am a long time fan of Parker Palmer. His many books have been guidepost to me on navigating life's journey. This latest book has again pointed me in a direction as I too enter the time of my life where the horizon is approaching. I am also a student of C.G. Jung and his theories of individuation and the collective unconscious of which I am a small part. I highly encourage readers to read or listen to "On the Brink of Everything."

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Worth a listen

Parker Palmer is a favorite of mine. He always comes across as wise and gentle. I am not sure this is his best book but it's worth a listen. At first, I thought the narrator sounded very much like Palmer but as the book went on he sounded a little tired. I wish the author had narrated the book. Now that I am finished I will buy a print version for my library.

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Parker Palmer never fails to make you think!

Inspiring, thought provoking, always interesting. I highly recommend this book. Get it and listen, you will not be disappointed.

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Review on the brink of everything.

I do not recommend this book unless you are a liberal that wants to hear the authors liberal views. The introduction of the book is portrayed as about getting old. But most of the book is the authors view of president Trump and Republicans.
I would have not purchased this book if I had known.

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A feast for the soul

I love Parker Palmer's work. For the past few years he has been one my main my go-tos when I've needed some sustenance for my soul - and this, his latest book doesn't disappoint. Full of sage-like wisdom and beautifully written, it's inspired and challenged me in equal measure to take some time out and reflect on how I'm living my life. It's spurred me on to consider deeper what it means for me to 'turn up as my authentic self' to paraphrase Palmer.
As he himself says, this isn't a 'how to grow old' book but rather a collection of his musings and reflections upon his own life thus far. In it he passes on nuggets of wisdom - wisdom that have grown out of his ever growing commitment to embrace his own humanity - the light and the shadows.
A wonderful book which I can see will be taking its place in hardback form before long - and with much highlighting and scribbled note making.