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by Paul Loeb

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Title:The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear
Authors:Paul Loeb
Info:Basic Books (2004), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 432 pages
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A study in hope and the power of perseverance. The selections were sometimes too short, although in a few cases, the shortness of the essays made them more palatable and easier to get through. A few articles seemed to be composed entirely of quotes from other inspirational authors, making me wonder why those works being quoted weren't included instead. My favorite essay was an examination of what exactly Christ meant by "turning the other cheek," "going the extra mile," and giving both the cloak and the robe, putting these words into a historical context that I had never considered. That was one essay I considered too short, and one day I will find one of that author's books to read his ideas more fully.
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  annodoom | Jun 12, 2013 |
Worth it for the excerpts from Mandela's and Toto's stories alone.
  ptzop | Nov 28, 2008 |
Worth it for the excerpts from Mandela's and Toto's stories alone.
  ptzop | Nov 27, 2008 |
An inspiring collection of essays, offering the reader a good deal of hope in even the seemingly darkest of times. The authors run the spectrum politically, philosophically, ethnically, and socio-economically, and this provides a strong, well-balanced book. The pieces are both contemporary and historical, and can be read in any order, in fits and starts or straight through. I enjoyed this book a lot. ( )
  bookem | Jan 8, 2008 |
Quakers, the people who have for over 350 years tackled freedom of religion, equality for women and minorities, prison reform and world peace (to name just a few of their social justice causes), will find the idea behind this title familiar. Each and every one of these forty-nine essays are worth reading. Some appear in print for the first time; many others are reprinted from other publications because they are worth repeating. Each of the nine chapters is introduced with a poem, followed by a short introduction by Loeb, then three to nine essays. Authors include Desmond Tutu, Pablo Neruda, Arundhati Roy, Parker Palmer, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Wendell Berry, and forty-two others, some equally as famous and others largely unknown. The chapters are titled:
ONE: SEEDS OF THE POSSIBLE
TWO: DARK BEFORE THE DAWN
THREE: EVERYDAY GRACE
FOUR: THE FLIGHT OF OUR DREAMS
FIVE: COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS
SIX: THE GLOBAL STAGE
SEVEN: RADICAL DIGNITY
EIGHT: BEYOND HOPE
NINE: ONLY JUSTICE CAN STOP A CURSE
  WARM | Oct 16, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0465041663, Paperback)

In The Impossible Will Take a Little While, a phrase borrowed from Billie Holliday, the editor of Soul of a Citizen brings together fifty stories and essays that range across nations, eras, wars, and political movements. Danusha Goska, an Indiana activist with a paralyzing physical disability, writes about overcoming political immobilization, drawing on her history with the Peace Corps and Mother Teresa. Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic, finds value in seemingly doomed or futile actions taken by oppressed peoples. Rosemarie Freeney Harding recalls the music that sustained the civil rights movement, and Paxus Calta-Star recounts the powerful vignette of an 18-year-old who launched the overthrow of Bulgaria's dictatorship. Many of the essays are new, others classic works that continue to inspire. Together, these writers explore a path of heartfelt community involvement that leads beyond despair to compassion and hope. The voices collected in The Impossible Will Take a Little While will help keep us all working for a better world despite the obstacles.

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