Advance Praise From:
activist and author
Dr. Denis Mukwege
nobel peace prize laureate
Roshi Joan Halifax
abbot, upaya zen center
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“We can do extraordinary things when we lead with love,” Barbara Becker reminds us in her debut memoir Heartwood.
When her earliest childhood friend is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Becker sets off on a quest to immerse herself in what it means to be mortal. Can we live our lives more fully knowing some day we will die?
With a keen eye towards that which makes life worth living, Barbara Becker–a perpetual seeker, a mom, and an interfaith leader–recounts stories where life and death intersect in unexpected ways. She volunteers on a hospice floor, becomes an eager student of the many ways people find meaning at the end of life, and accompanies her parents in their final days.
Becker inspires readers to live with the end in mind and proves that turning toward loss rather than away from it is the only true way to live life to its fullest.
Praise for Heartwood
—GLORIA STEINEM, bestselling author and activist
—JONATHAN HAIDT, NYU—Stern School of Business, author of The Righteous Mind
—MIRABAI STARR, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy
—ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX, Buddhist teacher and author; Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
—DR. DENIS MUKWEGE, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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