The Company of Strangers

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The Company of Strangers

Christians and the Renewal of America's Public Life

In this award-winning book, Parker J. Palmer offers a revitalizing understanding of the notion of public life and shows how profound spiritual seeking leads us into the abundance of community.

This important volume reawakens us to one of the central aspects our existence—being part of the public. Palmer's lucid explanations reveal how connections and interactions with a community of strangers converge to create an educating, nourishing, challenging, and humanizing dynamic that unites us with each other and the divine.

Palmer shows how personal, inner seeking supports and frees us to experience our participation in the public and to engage public life with integrity, creating an unfolding sense of identification and togetherness with those around us. He makes clear that true hospitality and openness to the unknown transform our vision so that we comprehend that it is no stranger we make welcome but the living spirit of Christ that sustains us and our common good.

Reviews and endorsements

“An idealistic yet sensible work, highly recommended.”
Library Journal

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“Palmer’s work should be collateral reading in courses on American religion and society and seminars on professional ethics.”
Religious Studies Review

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“Without a doubt, the best book I’ve read in the past year . . . The emphasis throughout is positive and creative, with numerous suggestions on what to do and how to do it."
Mennonite Weekly Review

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“Only those who believe the world is coming to a quick end should avoid this book.  Others, who retain some degree of hopefulness, will find in it both competent exegesis and perceptive social analysis articulating that hope.”
Homiletic

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“If you preach each Sunday, or are looking for a renewal in your church’s mission program, The Company of Strangers will make an excellent resource.”
Pacific Theological Review

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“In The Company of Strangers, Palmer attempts to sketch a vision, stimulate imaginations, encourage the beginning of a movement. His goal: the rebuilding of America’s public life . . . His own community experience and prayer are clearly sources of the rich variety of psychological, social, and religious insights that punctuate this work. He presents them clearly and provocatively, avoiding sexist language with simplicity and grace.”
America


“More than anyone I have read before, Parker Palmer challenges us to explore the relations between interior search and public life.”
Henri Nouwen

9780824506018
Paperback / 192 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
CROSSROAD, 1983