The Ragged Edge of Silence

The Ragged Edge of Silence The Ragged Edge Of Silence , By John Francis, Author Of Planetwalker , Takes Us To Another Level Of Appreciating, Through Silence, The Beauty Of The Planet And Our Place In It Francis S Real And Compelling Prose Forms A Tapestry Of Questions And Answers Woven From Interviews, Stories, Personal Experience, Science, And The Power Of Silence Through History, Including Practice By Native American, Hindu, And Buddhist Cultures Through Their Time Honored Traditions And His Own Experience Of Communicating Silently For 17 Years, Francis S Practical Exercises Lay The Groundwork For The Reader To Build Constructive Silence Into Everyday Life To Learn About Oneself, To Set Goals And Accomplish Dreams, To Build Strong Relationships, And To Appreciate And Be A Steward Of The Earth With Its Amazing Human Interest Element And First Person Expertise, This Book Is Energizing And Universally Instructive. I like silence I like nature I like fleeing the madding crowd I also expected this book would be all about that It s not It s all about the author John Francis, in response to an oil spill, gave up transportation and became a walking man He also gave up speech This book is mostly about his justification of that Superior A bit Smug We re on the ragged edge of same And though there is some of what you might expect in a book on the value of silence, you might find yourself distracted b I like silence I like nature I like fleeing the madding crowd I also expected this book would be all about that It s not It s all about the author John Francis, in response to an oil spill, gave up transportation and became a walking man He also gave up speech This book is mostly about his justification of that Superior A bit Smug We re on the ragged
There is no doubt that John Francis was an adventurous guy Silence for 17 years, and walking only takes dedication But I came to this book with some expectations about Finding Peace , and I failed to find what I was looking for This book has some excerpts and stories from the Planetwalker book he also authored, and which I also read Unfortunately the excerpts do not really flow together and the context among excerpts was muddy Sometimes I felt I was re reading the first book More editing There is no doubt that John Francis was an adventurous guy Silence for 17 years, and walking only takes dedication But I came to this book with some expectations about Finding Peace , and I failed to find what I was looking for This book has some excerpts and stories from the Planetwalker book he also authored, and which I also read Unfortunately the excerpts do not really flow together and the context among excerpts was muddy Sometimes I felt I was re reading the first book More editing would h
A fascinating journey, decently told I think Francis wanted to focus this bookon his vision quest rather than have it be a traditional memoir this choice, alas, made the narrative arc tough to follow Key biographical details and events would crop up unexpectedly, often mentioned in an offhand you already know this tone when, instead, the information was jarringly new or unexpected I will admit to a few moments where this technique worked quite well to illuminate my assumptive leaps A fascinating journey, decently told I think Francis wanted to focus this bookon his vision quest rather than have it be a traditional memoir this choice, alas, made the narrative arc tough to follow Key biographical details and events would crop up unexpectedly, often mentioned in an offhand you already know this tone when, instead, the information was jarringly new or unexpected I will admit to a few moments where this technique worked quite well to illuminate my assumptive leaps and where they had gone wrong Also, I found the end of chapter exercises to be a well intentioned but unconvincing
What an interesting life What an interesting book I first heard about this book on a podcast and was intrigued by the author s story In the early 70s he decided to give up riding in motorized vehicles after witnessing an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay A few years later he doubled down and decided to stop talking as well All walk no talk went on for 23 and 17 years respectively And this book tells the story.I didn t hang on every word and there were some parts that were less interesting What an interesting life What an interesting book I first heard about this book on a podcast and was intrigued by the author s story
After witnessing the devastating effects of a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, Francis embarked on a period of reflection that stretched into 17 years of self imposed silence and 22 years of walking Through this journey he was able to harness the incredible power of silence.In this book he invites readers to turn down the chatter in our everyday life to arrive at a new appreciation of our planet and our place in it His own inner and outer journey of self discovery is used as the framework After witnessing the devastating effects of a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, Francis embarked on a period of reflection that stretched into 17 years of self imposed silence and 22 years of walking Through this journey he was able to harness the incredible power of silence.In this book he invites readers to turn down the chatter in our everyday lif
Loved this book Loved the ideas and loved hearing about his experiences The book itself was a bit disjoint and a little less than I had hoped forof an insight into his spiritual growth but I think the concepts, revelations, and ideas make it well worth the read So saddened to read just a few days ago of the death of the father walking across the country to educate people about bullying after his son killed himself after being bullied because of being gay This event made the story of Fr Loved this book Loved the ideas and loved hearing about his experiences The book itself was a bit disjoint and a little less than I had hoped forof an insight into his spiritual growth but I think the concepts, revelations, and ideas make it well worth the read So saddened to read just a few days ago of the death of the father walking across the country to educate people about bullying after his son killed himself after being bullied because of being gay This event made the story of Francis life and
enjoyed John s second book about his experiences during and since his many years of walking and not talking i m reminded that we are a world of talkers who rarely listen for longer than mere moments and I loved the message of this book, his life, which seems to say to me, listen to what calls to you,
As a Quaker I was really interested in reading this exploration of silence, but the author s tone was, well, smug something I would not have expected from a book of this nature The author wasinterested in telling us about his silence and his refusal to ride in cars than he was in really exploring silence as a means of co
A remarkable story about a man who chose not to speak or ride in motorized vehicles for 17 years Instead, he walked and bicycled everywhere including across the U.S and south to the tip of South America , wrote, painted and played the banjo His reasons for choosing this ascetic lifestyle were to minimize oil consumption and to avoid acrimonious encounters with people A zen like acceptance of life as it is and people as they are developed in this man, John Francis He seems to project a kind A remarkable story about a man who chose not to speak or ride in motorized vehicles for 17 years Instead, he walked and bicycled everywhere including across the U.S and south to the tip of South America , wrote, painted and played the banjo His reasons for choosing this ascetic lifestyle were to minimize oil consumption and to avoid acrimonious encounters with people A zen like acceptance of life as it is and people a
This book resonated with me in a deep way Even though i m no stranger to silence four silent meditation retreats, seven to nine days long I had never contemplated taking the practice of silence into daily life the way this man did For years it has been my only New Year s resolution to become a better listener, and to talk less I m not sure I ever really carry through on this intention The book has many exercises to practice along these lines John Francis is on a truly extraordinary journe This book resonated with me in a deep way Even though i m no stranger to silence four sile

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  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The Ragged Edge of Silence
  • John Francis
  • English
  • 18 May 2017
  • 1426207239