- Capa dura: 384 páginas
- Editora: Atria Books (7 de março de 2017)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 150112627X
- ISBN-13: 978-1501126277
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 3 x 21,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 717 g
- Avaliação média: 1 avaliação de cliente
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We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere (Inglês) Capa dura – 7 mar 2017
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Sobre o Autor
Jennifer Nadel is an award-winning broadcast journalist, qualified attorney, writer, and activist. American-born, she lives in London with her three sons.
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‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’
At some point in our lives, most of us feel the gentle calling of our soul. Sometimes it’s so quiet we can barely hear it – a soft tapping. No louder than a leaf falling from a tree.
We may imagine we didn’t hear it. Or perhaps it is louder and takes the form of a persistent ache, a nagging sense that there is something missing. ‘Is this it?’ we wonder when we wake in the dead of night or find ourselves caught in the treadmill of our daily grind.
It may be a hint of loneliness that endures even in the company of friends. Or a sense of injustice and a desire to change things that feels urgent and necessary, but also hopeless before it even begins.
Perhaps our heart tells us there is a better way of living, that we need to stop ignoring what really matters – the suffering of others and our planet’s future – but our head insists we’re naïve and tells us to knuckle down and get on with our lives as they are.
For others the call may take the form of a crisis – a break-up or breakdown, a betrayal or loss. Or perhaps it’s addiction, depression, or another serious illness.
However it comes, it is an invitation to take a journey. You may resist. Many of us have resisted it for years, even decades. Ultimately it’s your choice. But it will wait for you patiently, tapping daily or every so often in small and big ways to remind you that, in truth, you can’t avoid it if you truly want to live a meaningful life.
If you’ve heard that call, this book is for you. It’s for women who want happiness and meaning. It will guide you towards the path to inner peace and provide the power to help transform the world in which we all live.
WE is a journey based on a set of nine principles that have been taught by sages and saints throughout the ages and which have the power to transform your life and the world around you.
It isn’t a lifestyle choice to be bolted onto our normal me-centred way of living; it’s a path of radical transformation that puts compassion for the world at its core.
Use this book both as a guide and a source of inspiration. If you’re hurting, it will help you heal. If you’re lost, it will guide you home. If you’re searching for a purpose, it will gently lead you towards fulfilment.
We arrive in this world without instruction manuals and we grow up without an emotional toolkit. So it’s easy to lose our way.
As we go through life we amass emotional scar tissue from the knocks that we inevitably take. We become like electrical circuit boards that have got so clogged up by the silt of life that we can no longer connect with ourselves and our core beliefs, let alone with the world beyond.
All of us start out in life with a strong internal value system – a sense of what’s right and wrong and what’s fair and what’s unjust. But then life intervenes. In the cold light of reality our ideals can quickly seem naïve, unrealistic and untenable. However strong and heartfelt our intentions, it’s hard to give effect to our beliefs when we’re struggling, stressed or in emotional pain.
Before long we’ve abandoned those values in favour of the rules we’re taught by the world. Succeed, compete and accumulate. Deep down we feel conflicted, but at the end of the day we each have to get by, don’t we?
A gulf emerges between the values we choose for our personal lives and those we live by in the world at large. In our homes and families we believe in sharing and making sure everyone’s OK. But once we step outside our front door the rules change. The common good is replaced with the quest for personal success. Within seconds we dissolves into me and we’re elbowing each other out of the way in the race to get to the finishing line. Only, of course, there isn’t one – just a horizon that moves further away the closer we get.
The Nine Principles in this book heal our wounds and return us to our centre. As you learn to apply them to your life one by one, you will be taken on a journey from me to WE. Loneliness will evaporate. You will discover a sense of purpose and you will be freed – freed to live a life that is authentic, happy and meaningful.
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Lets get this out of the way right off the bat - if you're a Scully/Bedelia/Stella/Media/etc fan, and you're hoping for some sort of weird intersect between a feminine manifesto and the X-Files, you're going to end up disappointed. "We" has nothing to do with any of Gillian's screen or stage work other than a few anecdotes from her life during those times. The only place you'll see any of the titles of her work mentioned by name is in the credits/about pages.
I'm not much for self-help books, which this tome most certainly is. I'm generally a pretty sarcastic person and when forced to read books like "7 Highly effective habits," I usually can't help but laugh while reading many of the passages and suggested exercises. "We" calls you out on this mindset right off the bat. Many of the centering exercises that the book has you go through say in no uncertain terms, "You might feel silly doing this, but do it anyway."
If you're entrenched in your sarcastic mindset like I am, many of the exercises in "We" will be trying and feel almost silly. It will push you out of your comfort zone. I don't consider myself an overly emotional person so I found that the affirmation and speaking exercises to be harder than the soul-searching types. "We" suggests that you go through all of the exercises as you read the book - which is what I tried initially - but the completionist in me really wanted to read through the entire volume first to get an idea of where it was headed. I'm also a pretty linear thinker so the act of stopping my reading, breaking out a notepad, writing some items down, then picking the book back up to continue felt incredibly disjointed to me. After finishing the book, I really don't think you'll be impacted by whether or not you know and understand the 9 principles before you start the first exercises.
"We" is broken up into chapters based on four "Essential Practices" - exercises which the book suggests you do on a regular basis - and nine "Principles." The Practices are things which help put you in the proper mindset of "We" and are relatively simple things like feeling gratitude towards people and providing positive feedback to yourself, from yourself. The Principles make up the true bulk of the book and are like a general set of guidelines to use in every day life. Sprinkled throughout the book are small personal anecdotes from both Jennifer Nadel and Gillian Anderson, touching on the impact of the particular principle in their life.
An example of a practice would be imaging taking care of a good friend during a tough time, writing down the things you would do for them to make them feel better. Now, do these things for yourself. An example of a principle would be Peace - taking time to really listen to your inner thoughts through things like meditation, and remembering to stop and pause to really take in your surroundings on a regular basis.
For me personally, the book did start to lose me when it started talking about spirituality and the divine. One of the major principles in the book is that of Joy, and the book relates it directly to spiritualism. "If you keep an open mind and seek out joy, you will start to have a spiritual experience." It also says things like, "Many atheists experience the divine but call it awe and wonder," - to me, neither awe nor wonder are equated to anything divine and honestly the entire section felt like a religious person's attempt to shoehorn their beliefs on something (atheism) that they didn't quite understand. Joy also goes a bit sideways for me when it starts saying things such as, "You'll become aware of coincidences and opportunities that are increasingly difficult to dismiss as happenstance. You'll notice that the trust you once found hard to practice has crystallized into a faith that you are being taken care of." I liked the general theme of the Principle, I just sort of mentally fuzzed out and ignored that whole bit on the divine and spiritual.
Towards the end of the book after the nine principles takes a more activist stance at life. One of the major beliefs put forward in "We" is the thought that women acting as a whole can create a huge and impactful influence the world. This includes becoming more active in social outreach or political issues. The last bit touches on women's issues such as paid maternity leave, the glass ceiling, wage equality, and so forth. It urges women to become interested and active in women's rights issues. The appendix includes quite a few resources and suggestions on starting a "We-based" community.
All-in-all, "We" is an interesting manifesto and I plan on working through the suggested exercises for a prolonged time period. I did definitely see some of my negative habits mentioned in this book and there are absolutely areas I feel I could improve on for myself. I also plan on sharing this book with a few female friends of mine to see if they want to follow along with me and compare notes. After reading books like these, I often wish I could speak directly to the writers and pick their brains - I always feel like many of these books would come across more poignantly if they were more personalized. Perhaps one of the stops on their book tour will wander close to Texas.