This classic of Parker J Palmer's typifies my view of a book that matters. It opens up the mind. lends perspective, encourages, provides energy and insight for the next day and the next decade. It's a book about about the integrity of my being, about my calling - that old-fashioned idea, and being engaged with my subjects and my students. I don't really want a book about technique or methods: useful as they are, they will not shake my world, broaden my horizons or warm my heart. The shaking books are the ones that deal with 'why' and 'who' and 'what for' questions. The how to and the when books belong on the lower shelves!

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