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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Pr; First Edition edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807020060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807020067
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,340,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The philosophy of the iconoclastic Henry David Thoreau casts a long shadow over this spiritual manifesto for modern-day social-political activists. Childs, a former spokesperson for the environmental group Greenpeace, attempts to reinvigorate the ecology movement with an infusion of New Age realization techniques, aesthetic transformations, nonviolent ideals and humanistic values. With examples from sources as diverse as the theater, Tibetan Buddhism, the Green political parties of Europe and Native American vision quests, Childs hopes to marry social-political activism with spirituality. Using high-profile media events like the American Indian takeover of Alcatraz and the vicious repression of freedom in Tiananmen Square, the author proclaims the enduring value of ethics, even when temporarily defeated, as the underpinning for all successful social movements. Although his book lapses at times into extreme political correctness, Childs's apparent open-mindedness and fair-handedness go a long way to make his thesis intriguing and appealing. His call for dealing with adversaries from the perspective of their best natures echoes Gandhi and Martin Luther King. His suggestions for improved education for the young, based on activist principles, are also worth considering and debating. In this provocative book, Childs raises relevant questions for the future of the activist segment of society.
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The philosophy of the iconoclastic Henry David Thoreau casts a long shadow over this spiritual manifesto for modern-day social-political activists. Childs, a former spokesperson for the environmental group Greenpeace, attempts to reinvigorate the ecology movement with an infusion of New Age realization techniques, aesthetic transformations, nonviolent ideals and humanistic values. With examples from sources as diverse as the theater, Tibetan Buddhism, the Green political parties of Europe and Native American vision quests, Childs hopes to marry social-political activism with spirituality. Using high-profile media events like the American Indian takeover of Alcatraz and the vicious repression of freedom in Tiananmen Square, the author proclaims the enduring value of ethics, even when temporarily defeated, as the underpinning for all successful social movements. . . . Childs's apparent open-mindedness and fair-handedness go a long way to make his thesis intriguing and appealing. His call for dealing with adversaries from the perspective of their best natures echoes Gandhi and Martin Luther King. His suggestions for improved education for the young, based on activist principles, are also worth considering and debating. In this provocative book, Childs raises relevant questions for the future of the activist segment of society. —Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I have been recommending the book to everyone I meet. Christopher Childs should be very proud of his achievement; it is clear, concise, well reasoned and deeply heartfelt. The author's personality shines through on every page; reading it was very much like having him here with me. I think what impressed me most was the balance that he sought to bring to activism -- he showed me it was possible to maintain principles and ideals while at the same time seeking to understand and open dialogue with your adversaries; to not lose sight of the goal while at the same time maintaining an awareness of the impact that the fruits of your activism will have on the way people live their lives. I agree wholehertedly with Mr. Childs' proposition that all of life is a work of art that each of us create every day. All of life is a struggle to achieve awareness; and that struggle to be fully awake and alive to all things around us -- our loved ones, our neighborhood, our environment and our impact upon it, our relationships with other living things -- is the life of the artist.
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An exquisite book, which fully expresses Christopher's passion and intelligence. A call to explore a new intuitive activism, charged with creativity and flexibility. A book which explores the beauty of environmental activism, the same beauty found in the arts and spiritual practice. Very well written, and infused with the spirit of the author.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa59d55f4) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0xa57888e8) out of 5 stars A superb plea for the primacy of creativity in our lives. April 19 1998
By Michael G. Dell'Orto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been recommending the book to everyone I meet. Christopher Childs should be very proud of his achievement; it is clear, concise, well reasoned and deeply heartfelt. The author's personality shines through on every page; reading it was very much like having him here with me. I think what impressed me most was the balance that he sought to bring to activism -- he showed me it was possible to maintain principles and ideals while at the same time seeking to understand and open dialogue with your adversaries; to not lose sight of the goal while at the same time maintaining an awareness of the impact that the fruits of your activism will have on the way people live their lives. I agree wholehertedly with Mr. Childs' proposition that all of life is a work of art that each of us create every day. All of life is a struggle to achieve awareness; and that struggle to be fully awake and alive to all things around us -- our loved ones, our neighborhood, our environment and our impact upon it, our relationships with other living things -- is the life of the artist.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5788bb8) out of 5 stars Spirituality, activism, creativity, intuition July 7 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An exquisite book, which fully expresses Christopher's passion and intelligence. A call to explore a new intuitive activism, charged with creativity and flexibility. A book which explores the beauty of environmental activism, the same beauty found in the arts and spiritual practice. Very well written, and infused with the spirit of the author.
HASH(0xa5788d8c) out of 5 stars Learn how to translate spirituality into action in the world July 18 2013
By Pauldog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised that there have been no previous reviews. Maybe the fact that there are no cheap copies available gives you some idea of peoples' general opinion of it.

Childs writes calmly and convincingly from his own experience. I found useful spiritual instruction, as well as interesting tales about his years with Greenpeace and other activities.
HASH(0xa578c3cc) out of 5 stars Bringing spirit to earth Feb. 6 2016
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This book speaks to our purpose on earth. It envisions a synthesis of mind, heart and body that allows us to be the good we want to see in the world. I felt as if I were being taken on a gentle journey in the search of an authentic expression of my best self.


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