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  • Written by: Charles Eisenstein
  • Narrated by: Paul Geiger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Written by: Charles Eisenstein
Narrated by: Paul Geiger
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Publisher's Summary

In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what's true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness - called interbeing - we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.

Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture's guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get ourselves in order, any action we take - no matter how good our intentions - will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

With chapters covering separation, interbeing, despair, hope, pain, pleasure, consciousness, and many more, the book invites us to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a Story of Interbeing.

©2013 Charles Eisenstein (P)2015 North Atlantic Books

What the critics say

"This is a revolutionary and interactive book - in the sense that it inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary. Eisenstein will be noted in antiquity as one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of this new world." ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
"When I read Charles Eisenstein I felt as if I had just put on an extraordinarily clear, lucid, morally honest set of glasses. I see my outer and inner worlds in penetrating detail. He isn't just describing a possible world. He is helping us find our way to it." (Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life)
"A powerful pick for any who would combine spiritual perspectives with social change. This book thwarts cynicism and offers keys to connecting personal choices to powerful change. ... An uplifting, inspirational, spiritual and social examination recommended for a wide range of readers looking for positive encouragement." ( Midwest Book Review)

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A guide to humility and wisdom of "Right Action"

there always seems to be a counter intuitive response to many of our actions and understanding in the world. this book gives clarity to a new way of thinking and relating to the world which has the humility to not fall into the trap of naiive activism and focuses our attention on the true potential of our actions and how powerful the smallest actions can be. often the grand actions appear to be that which we should focus on, and we then become blind to the side affects of embodying that story.
and really guides towards what i see as the buddhist notion of Right Action

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Thank You for your wisdom & courageous leadership

Brilliant!! Such an incredibly gifted writer with a profound understanding of where our world is heading. Bravo 👏

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Phenomenal.

I'm not sure I have words to describe how brilliant this book is. Relevant, true and beautiful.

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Amazing book!

Really beautiful book, highly recommend for anyone out there searching for some meaning and how to navigate this hard world we live in.

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A life and world changing book

Carefully contemplated, beautifully articulated, and as thoroughly unbiased as any book I've ever read. This is by far the best antidote I've found to the feeling of despair I have about the current state of our world.

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  • Christina P.
  • 2019-06-03

Excellent concepts; narration detracts a bit

Charles Eisentstein presents some excellent concepts for how to address the serious ecological challenges ahead. He makes essential connections between problems humans have wrought on the natural world and those we face in society and our personal lives. I wish there had been as much on solutions as on describing the problems. Other than that, I'm glad to have listened to it and I learned some good things new to me.

Paul Geiger's narration often sounded as if he were a machine. It almost got in the way of my hearing this book since a machine voice is completely opposite to Charles Eisenstein's message. I wish I could have heard this book in the author's own voice.

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  • Joseph Arnold
  • 2017-04-20

This book will change your life

Listening to this book felt almost like remembering some forgotten dream; almost as if I were listening to a version of myself from the future, where I had become a more badass and mature version of myself.

Boo-yah!

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  • Elan Sun Star
  • 2017-07-31

Astounding lucidity a pasterpiece

What did you love best about The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible?

I have thousands of audiobooks and tens of thousands of books,
This stands as one of the very best top 3
Brilliant and clear
A must read

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  • P. Metz
  • 2015-04-10

The Most Important Work of our Lifetimes

When I first read this book, I felt as if Eisenstein had written the book that had been floating around in my head for the last several years. In this work, the author draws on the totality of knowledge that has been gathered by humans over the course in history and his previous, lofty works to answer the all-important questions: "How did we get to where we are as a species?" "What needs to change in order to change the course of humanity and the planet?" "What can I do about this nagging feeling that something is wrong here?" and "How can one solitary human make a difference in this out-of-control world?"

Charles argues that the negative direction that this planet and our species is heading can be traced back to one root cause: the stories that we live by that we use to answer the questions "why am I here?" "who are we as a species?" and "what is the right way to live?" I picked this up right after finishing David Korten's "Change the Story, Change the Future," and this work illuminates both the current story we are living by and the one that we need to inhabit in order to change the course of human history.

Read this immediately and begin standing in a new story of humanity.

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  • Molly Gordon
  • 2017-01-19

A phenomenal book offering hope

This is perhaps the wisest and most hopeful book I have read in my lifetime, and I have read many. In his wisdom, the author doesn't claim to be right, he claims only to be pointing in the direction of an understanding that can free us from the painful experiences of separation, lack, and entity that plague us. Read it with an open mind and heart. Notice what it wakes up in you and celebrate the unfolding.

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  • Thomas
  • 2015-05-09

This is an exceptionally good book!!

If you could sum up The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible in three words, what would they be?

Sacred Storytelling Turning/Tipping-Point

What other book might you compare The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible to and why?

Gregg Braden: Turning Point - which also tells the story of our rapidly transforming world.

What about Paul Geiger’s performance did you like?

Great clarity of calm tempo - which was helpful to digest the material.

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  • Julia lapp
  • 2022-02-06

Cite his sources?

I was really excited to listen to this book and be inspired. Instead I was hugely disappointed when the author talks about this principle of Interbeing, which frames much of his argument... and he leads the reader to believe that this is HIS original concept, when the reality is that he took this idea from Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hahn without having the grace to give credit.
I find it lacking in integrity when authors or social commentators mislead readers in this way. It's a form of dishonesty and, in this case, when Eisenstein is talking about Interbeing and how our actions impact others and the world around us... it seems particularly egregious and hypocritical. Really disappointing.

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  • Violet
  • 2020-09-18

Just didn’t resonate with me

This book was recommended to me by a very like minded, respected friend. So I was very excited to listen. I found it to be at first, over complicated and intellectually pretentious...then just trite. I really was hoping for something inspiring and eye opening. Not sure why I just couldn’t appreciate it. I can see that many very smart people found the book to be magical. Didn’t do it for me.

I am vegan..and didn’t really love his treatment of the subject of veganism...I tried to remain open in spite of that. I feel that the message could’ve been conveyed in one chapter...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-01

Great, important book. Read it yourself.

The content of Tthis book Is so mind expanding and so important. Sadly, the performance is subpar. Many words are mispronounced, the delivery is robotic...

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  • Kathy Hansen
  • 2022-06-09

Disappointed

This man believes there is no order or intelligence in the universe. He states he is under qualified, now I actually believe him.
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

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