Although everyone undergoes certain periods of pain and adversity, only a fortunate few seem able to transmute these experiences into insight, compassion, and renewal. In this book, Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath examines the lives of four resilient individuals who have made the most of their difficulties. They are quadriplegic radio talk show host Dan Gottlieb, peace activist Joanna Macy, psychoanalyst June Singer, and Zen teacher Roshi Philip Kapleau.

The author shows how these four were able to find meaning in their mental and physical challenges and then to pass on their learnings to others.This is an edifying work on the stewardship of pain and the practice of resilience.