We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness

We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for Inner Light in a Time of Darkness A New York Times bestseller in hardcover Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker s We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For was called stunningly insightful and a book that will inspire hope by Publishers

  • Title: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness
  • Author: Alice Walker
  • ISBN: 9781595581372
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker s We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For was called stunningly insightful and a book that will inspire hope by Publishers Weekly.Drawing equally on Walker s spiritual grounding and her progressive political convictions, each chapter concludes with a recommended meditation to teach us patiencA New York Times bestseller in hardcover, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker s We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For was called stunningly insightful and a book that will inspire hope by Publishers Weekly.Drawing equally on Walker s spiritual grounding and her progressive political convictions, each chapter concludes with a recommended meditation to teach us patience, compassion, and forgiveness We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For takes on some of the greatest challenges of our times and in it Walker encourages readers to take faith in the fact that, despite the daunting predicaments we find ourselves in, we are uniquely prepared to create positive change.The hardcover edition of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For included a national tour that saw standing room only crowds and standing ovations Walker s clear vision and calm meditative voice truly a light in darkness has struck a deep chord among a large and devoted readership.

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    • Alice Walker

      Alice Walker, one of the United States preeminent writers, is an award winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry In 1983, Walker became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

    400 thoughts on “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness

    • I'll start this off by saying that I love Alice Walker. She is the older sister I never had. She is also the only writer I buy in Hardback. Even when her hardbacks are 25 and up. This collection of essays and speeches cover the range of what it means to be black, to be human, to be soulful, the unifying of mind and soul with the power of yoga, the wrong doings of the church against children,all children, with a special look at Native Americans and the boarding schools started over 120 years ago [...]

    • My tolerance for reading about yoga is low so it speaks to the quality of Alice Walker as a person that I still enjoyed this book. Also, I'm drunk right now, full disclosure. But I'm sure I wouldn't be if I took all the healing advice in this book.

    • Favorite quotes: "Even as I approached the lectern I had no idea what I would say. I was committed, however, to opening my mouth. After that it was up to a power greater than mine." (8)"To begin our long journey toward balance as a planet, we have to study the world and its peoples, to see that they are so like ourselves! To trust that this is so. That different clothes and religions do not create people who can escape from humanity. When we face the peoples of the world with open hands, and in [...]

    • This is a very liberated voice that colours outside of the lines in every way you can imagine. Walker gives us here her thoughts, blog-like and free-floating as likely to burst into poetry (her own or others) as not. Reoccuring themes are life, food, family, culture, justice as well as blackness and at times femaleness.This is a spirituality anchored in yoga but respectful also of any spirituality ever that has advocated for joy, love and peace. At times Walker seems to contradict herself, at ot [...]

    • WowI can't remember the last book that I read that was this incredibly inspiring. Alice Walker has a way of turning words into art. After getting this book from the library, I had to go and buy a copy since this book has such an impact on me. This book is composed of an incredible introduction and numerous talks that Walker has given to a variety of people in a multitude of settings. It covers religion, politics, economics, world views, and is written in such a humble yet eloquent manner. Althou [...]

    • This book is not for everyone. But for someone who has been powerfully affected by Walker's work for nearly half his life, for someone deeply interested in both spirituality and politics and peace, Alice Walker speaks right to the soul.I've read this book several times already, usually just a chapter at a time before bed. Any chapter is a good place to start. Walker makes me think and makes me feel good. She challenges me to act. Actually, I wouldn't have my second cat, Talulah, if not for this [...]

    • It’s incredible… the connection I have felt with Alice Walker’s words was powerful. During the reading of these essays I was moved to tears quite a few times… even though I am not black, even though I can only imagine what it is like being black or Amerindian in the States or anywhere else in the world. Maybe I have been feeling this connection because, as Edward Said says: “One does not have to be a triangle to understand geometry"… or maybe ‘cause I am a woman or because, like Al [...]

    • In dark times and in light, Walker adds an inspirational perspective, a back to basics guide to life. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life, take time to be introspective, to meditate, and above all know the value that lies in forgiving those that have wronged you. I recommend this book often. Walker is conversational, not preachy, personal, rather than riding the high horse of academia. She brings this otherwise heavy conversation into your life, transforms it to a light chat with a friend over co [...]

    • Inflammatory speech rules this collection. For one saturated in a self reflexive life more transparency about her on attention to ecology would make her argument more credible. The piece about appreciating a pause on life is moving, if poorly vetted for logic. Worth reading to come to your own inclusions.

    • The Pause. The moment when something major is accomplished and we are so relieved to finally be done with it that we are already rushing, at least mentally, into The Future. Wisdom, however requests a pause.

    • This was a very powerful book that made me think about prejudice, how it can be manifested in so many different forms, and the strength that we have as individuals to combat it. It also has a lot of comments on the state of the world. Of course all this is through very personal stories and speeches that she has given at different events. Would recommend it to anyone that would like to spend some time thinking about the state of the world and what change means to you.

    • Similar to Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark (its first edition was written at a similar time), We Are the Ones seeks to inspire hope but, for this reader anyway, didn’t reach that goal from a big-picture perspective. I finished it with no grander insight or new way of dealing with the hopelessness of incompetence in power.But I liked We Are the Ones better than Hope in the Dark, partially because Alice Walker focuses more on individuals over societies. The thing I enjoy about Alice Walker's [...]

    • Everyone who is an activist today needs this book for some "inner light" in a very dark time. Anyone who isn't an activist should also definitely read it. It is a great book because it's very personal, very relevant to today, and it talks about things like the Feminine and anti-capitalism, things that are not usually mentioned in our society. I have incredible respect for Alice Walker, especially after reading this book - I had only read "the Color Purple" and had no knowledge of her as a person [...]

    • Intro:- tale of two cities- Earth being stolen from us, but our ability to be more aware-global enlightenment “ this does not mean we believe, having seen the greater truth of how all oppression is connected, how pervasive and unrelenting, that we can “fix “things” p3- friendship w June Jordan - anti war, stories of brother in Korea - youth fighting “ The world is as beautiful as it ever was. It is changing, but then it always has been. This is a good time to change, and remain beautif [...]

    • Walker is one of the authors / activists who sees most clearly how practices of radical social change and practices of radical, spiritual personal transformation are integral to each other."What is my practice? What is steering this boat that is my fragile human life?" (p. 110)"Looking about at the wreckage, it is clear to all that in enslaving us, torturing us, trying to "get ahead" on the basis of our misery, our oppressors in the past had no idea at all what they were doing. They still don't. [...]

    • Alice Walker has a way of writing that makes me feel as if I am sitting down to talk with an old friend. She is open, warm, and truthful. That isn't to say that her content is soothing or easy. She tackles some of the most hidden and unspeakable subjects — female genital mutilation, sexism, racism, child abuse, the rape of women and the earth, the butalization of Native Americans. This book is a collection of commencement speeches and lectures she gave thoughout the 2000s at various colleges a [...]

    • This book is a series of essays and presentations done by Alice Walker. I found it to be most thought-provoking and insightful. Some of her themes include racism, self-development, Buddhism, feminism. She includes a lot of poetry as part of the narrative. Some of my favorite quotes are:"If my mind is crowded with ideas or thoughts or plans or other people's creations there is less room for my own.""Do you believe that you can learn to trust a mind that isn't always speaking to you?""But on this [...]

    • I picked up this book mainly for the title which it turns out is actually from at June Jordan poem which in fact is better than this book. The title also appears in a message from Hopi elders which apparently is not Hopi-- see other reviews here. Full confession. I am Quaker with strong Buddhist tendancies so the meditation dimension in this book speaks to me. As does the concept meeting hatred with love. However,meditation is not self improvement. Further, even Thich Naht Hahn said not to fool [...]

    • Many of the essays in this book are even more relevant today. Unfortunately we haven't made much progress, except we did elect Barack Obama.I loved the essay "All Praises to The Pause; The Universal Moment of Reflection". It speaks to honoring the effort spent on a difficult project or life event, stepping back and allowing your mind and body to re-group."What it (the I Ching) is referring to in this hexagram is something that I am going to call 'the pause'. The moment when something major is ac [...]

    • At first I was thinking this collection of primarily previously delivered speeches was a bit uneven, each individual speech even somewhat rambling. However, I stuck with it. It's Alice Walker, after all! And ultimately, to me, We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For does reflect all that she has come to embody for me: a deep spirituality, a profound connection to and respect for nature, a fearless willingness to look the world's most brutal suffering in the eye, and most remarkably, an unshakab [...]

    • I mostly enjoyed this book, but Walker prints and discusses a 'Message from the Hopi elders' that ends with a line taken from a June Jordan poem: "We are the Ones we have been Waiting For". I am no expert, but the 'Message' didn't ring true, and research on the web revealed this interesting link:jcrows/HopiEldersml where you can see the whole 'Message from the Hopi Elders' and a rebuttal, in which the suggestion is made that the speech probably "originate[d:] from an Cherokee elder named Will Ro [...]

    • I read this book in a time of my life where I really needed some guidance and was just experiencing and exploring many different lenses in which to look at life; Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, etc. Alice Walker is incredible! She shares various yogi, african american women retreat speakings that she has done and each of them offers some sort of gold to help and empower one to ppush throught he rough patches and search for the truth in each of ourselves. I feel this book is a must for anyone and e [...]

    • I enjoyed most of the points in this book, and I would say that it definitely offers up some great arguments and points. However, Walker goes on and on sometimes, laboring points to the extent that I got the feeling she was just talking for the sake of hearing her own voice. Much of this is speeches made at some point, and sometimes speeches just don't translate as well on page. I don't know. Interesting, but I was sick of it about half way through.

    • This may have been the wrong time for me to finally finish Walker's book. I found it authentic in all the horrible things that blacks have lived through, but it took a long time to get to any dissertation on what we can be today. Definitely, the title is appropriate for all of us - we must live in today to the most we can be.

    • An insightful read. It was an honour being able to read about her experiences, and it inspired to think critically about the here-and-now, and to remain mindful. However, I found myself losing focus whenever she went on about Mother Earth and yoga. it was a bit much. I have a genuine appreciation for her piece on pause, well-articulated. Definitely worth a read.

    • I really enjoyed this memoir. It's a collection of essays and talks on a variety of topics, but all with a common theme: in this time when our world is so troubled, we have the power to make a difference.

    • Fine essays and poetry compose this volume of meditations on staying present through suffering and doing what we can to ease and end violence and oppression. Good small group read, as there's lots to discuss.

    • Alice Walker is right up there with Toni Morrison for me. These two women, along with Maya Angelou, have helped to shape my view of he world and my place in it. A great collection of essays and speeches, and a good view into how Ms. Walker sees the world.

    • My mother scoffed when I asked for this for x-mas. Oddly enough this book suggested that every daughter owes her mother a grandchild. That sentiment aside, this book really made me think. It should be read slowly

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