According to editors Eddie and Debbie Shapiro, "Each of us has a voice that longs to speak from the depths of our hearts. It is a yearning for sanity and mercy, for respect and dignity, not just for ourselves but for all beings; it is our longing to feel a connected part of the whole." This anthology of essays is inspirational reading for those who want to tap into the values and the visions of people who are actively working to create a more just, peaceful, harmonious, and meaningful world. It is divided into chapters on self and society, social responsibility, healing and wholeness, economy and ecology, and spiritual pathways.
"A mind committed to compassion," writes the Dalai Lama, "is like an overflowing reservoir a constant source of energy, determination, and kindness." On these pages you can read about the spiritual politics of Rama Vernon who pioneered the Soviet-American Citizens Summit; Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity International; Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, creator of the world's largest movement for social change in Sri Lanka; Muhammad Yunus whose concept of microcredit has given the poor of Bangladesh a new lease on life; and Catherine Sneed and Bo Lozoff whose work with prisoners has brought to many isolated souls a fresh start and a sense of community.