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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Narrated by: Paul Geiger
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (242 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what's true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness - called interbeing - we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.

Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture's guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get ourselves in order, any action we take - no matter how good our intentions - will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

With chapters covering separation, interbeing, despair, hope, pain, pleasure, consciousness, and many more, the book invites us to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a Story of Interbeing.

©2013 Charles Eisenstein (P)2015 North Atlantic Books

Critic Reviews

"This is a revolutionary and interactive book - in the sense that it inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary. Eisenstein will be noted in antiquity as one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of this new world." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"When I read Charles Eisenstein I felt as if I had just put on an extraordinarily clear, lucid, morally honest set of glasses. I see my outer and inner worlds in penetrating detail. He isn't just describing a possible world. He is helping us find our way to it." (Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life)
"A powerful pick for any who would combine spiritual perspectives with social change. This book thwarts cynicism and offers keys to connecting personal choices to powerful change. ... An uplifting, inspirational, spiritual and social examination recommended for a wide range of readers looking for positive encouragement." ( Midwest Book Review)

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This book will change your life

Listening to this book felt almost like remembering some forgotten dream; almost as if I were listening to a version of myself from the future, where I had become a more badass and mature version of myself.

Boo-yah!

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Astounding lucidity a pasterpiece

What did you love best about The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible?

I have thousands of audiobooks and tens of thousands of books,
This stands as one of the very best top 3
Brilliant and clear
A must read

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A phenomenal book offering hope

This is perhaps the wisest and most hopeful book I have read in my lifetime, and I have read many. In his wisdom, the author doesn't claim to be right, he claims only to be pointing in the direction of an understanding that can free us from the painful experiences of separation, lack, and entity that plague us. Read it with an open mind and heart. Notice what it wakes up in you and celebrate the unfolding.

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Wondering if this should be your next listen?

I would say it probably should! Amazingly well written and thought provoking book. One of my favorite listens ever.

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This is an exceptionally good book!!

If you could sum up The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible in three words, what would they be?

Sacred Storytelling Turning/Tipping-Point

What other book might you compare The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible to and why?

Gregg Braden: Turning Point - which also tells the story of our rapidly transforming world.

What about Paul Geiger’s performance did you like?

Great clarity of calm tempo - which was helpful to digest the material.

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  • Kent, WA America
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The Most Important Work of our Lifetimes

When I first read this book, I felt as if Eisenstein had written the book that had been floating around in my head for the last several years. In this work, the author draws on the totality of knowledge that has been gathered by humans over the course in history and his previous, lofty works to answer the all-important questions: "How did we get to where we are as a species?" "What needs to change in order to change the course of humanity and the planet?" "What can I do about this nagging feeling that something is wrong here?" and "How can one solitary human make a difference in this out-of-control world?"

Charles argues that the negative direction that this planet and our species is heading can be traced back to one root cause: the stories that we live by that we use to answer the questions "why am I here?" "who are we as a species?" and "what is the right way to live?" I picked this up right after finishing David Korten's "Change the Story, Change the Future," and this work illuminates both the current story we are living by and the one that we need to inhabit in order to change the course of human history.

Read this immediately and begin standing in a new story of humanity.

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Masterful

A masterpiece of deep perspective to enlighten our age. Young souls and old alike. Viva!

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Great points, for white Americans

I think he is an important messenger and this book captures important points. But his use of “we” is bothersome. He acts like he is speaking for all but what he really refers to by “we” is “we white middle class Americans” but he doesn’t acknowledge that, which I find naive. He is not aware that he is not talking about others’ perspectives. People of color have known for much longer how off our society is and how much they have suffered. It is only white people who are newly waking up to the falseness of the American ideal.
While I’m finding the book very good in many respects it is hard to keep listening when that fundamental “we” error is on every page. I feel torn because I think it could have been a brilliant book otherwise. I wish he would revise and acknowledge who this is for. Without that it’s a big slap in the face for people of color.

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Thank goodness this book found me!

While this book could have been more tightly edited, it is the book I have been needing to read. My life pieces no longer seem random and I have a newfound sense of peace moving forward.

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Powerful. Essential listening.

This is, without question, one of the most impactful books I've ever read/listened to. Words don't do it justice. If you're here reading this, this book is for you. Start it immediately.