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    Review ------ Parker Palmer is one of our wisest minds and lives and one of my greatest mentors. He has the spirit of a poet and the stature of a prophet. There is no one I'd rather eavesdrop on as he ponders "the brink of everything." This book is a companion for not merely surviving a fractured world, but embodying -- like Parker -- the fiercely honest and gracious wholeness that is ours to claim at every stage of life. --KRISTA TIPPETT, founder of On Being Studios, author of Einstein's God and Becoming Wise, winner of the 2014 National Humanities Medal Our entire culture is deeply in need of true elders, and you can't be one until you have arrived there -- chronologically, spiritually, and intellectually. Parker J. Palmer is a writer and a man who has clearly earned the title of elder. And he elders with such readability and humor! This book is a generous gift to all of us--and to our attempts at a truly human civilization. --RICHARD ROHR, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and author of Falling Upward and Adam's Return Parker J. Palmer's tenth wise book, On the Brink of Everything, is a wondrously rich mix of reality and possibility, comfort and story, helpful counsel and poetry, in the voice of a friend. It's an honest wake-up chime, no matter where you are in your own time-line, because somehow, these pages hold all of time -- past and present, stirring together, refreshing the spirit. This is a book of immense gratitude, consolation, and praise. --NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, author of Transfer and Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners, and National Book Award finalist Parker Palmer is the most integral and wholehearted teacher of our age. For nearly eight decades, he has seen much, questioned everything, and returned with a wisdom essential to everyone. His latest book, On the Brink of Everything, is a deep reflection on aging that offers a master's earned view of the large and the small, and how we're all vital threads woven together by life. This book will stir your soul and bring you closer to everything. --MARK NEPO, author of More Together Than Alone and The Book of Awakening Parker Palmer has given me so many gifts through the years. His writing has done for me what I can only hope mine does for others. On the Brink of Everything has given me new and special gifts. Parker, now in his late 70s, has helped this guy in his early 60s think of my years ahead as "triple wrapped in mystery." Savoring this book is a kind of mentorship in aging, and it ends in a crescendo of poetry. My first thought when I turned the last page: "I want to read this again from the beginning, starting right now." --BRIAN D. McLAREN, author of The Great Spiritual Migration Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) From the Author --------------- From the Publishers Weekly review, May 28, 2018: "Warm, generous, and funny, this impassioned book invites readers to the deep end of life where authentic soul work and human transformation become pressing concerns." Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) See all Editorial Reviews ( /dp/product-description/1523095431/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&isInIframe=0 )