"Peacetalk 101" is the first book I've read by Elgin, and I found it so compelling that I've gone ahead & ordered her whole "Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" series, eager to learn even more. (unfortunately this series is now only available "used")
Peacetalk 101 is a wonderfully written parable/story about a man who, being at the end of his emotional rope, has decided that the only way out of the drudgery of this world is to end his own life - and since no one is around to take care of his wife & child, to end their lives as well - in 14 days - just long enough to get his affairs in order.
However something strange happens on this 1st of the 14 days - while on the bus he meets a homeless man who tells him a story, a story with a lesson. From this point on, although he resists the homeless man with all his might, he's always there on the bus, just waiting to tell him another story, followed by another rule to remember. These rules are all about how we create what we experience in life through our language.
Each of these lessons is wonderfully insightful on their own, but when strung together they are truly profound!
So do these lessons impact the angry man's life & his decision to commit a murder-suicide, or do they fall on deaf ears? I won't tell!
This is one of those few books that I wish EVERYONE would read & then teach the ideas to their children - the insights contained in this book are that important!!! And to boot, it's relatively short - just 100 pages with a decent-sized font. Overall, I honestly can't recommend it highly enough!
And if you enjoy this book, I would also highly recommend Og Mandino's books as well.
Peacetalk 101 Paperback – 21 February 2002
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- Publisher : Lethe Press (21 February 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590210301
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590210307
- Dimensions : 14 x 0.68 x 21.6 cm
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This book is a must read for most people. It also makes a great gift book. --Mediation On-Line, A Newsletter from ADR
About the Author
Suzette Haden Elgin was born in 1936; she lives in the Ozarks, where she runs a virtual business from her home. She has been a secretary, a translator, a novelist, a university professor (of linguistics), a public speaker, a folksinger and songwriter and poet, an artist, a wife and mother and and widow and grandmother. In all her work, she has focused on just two closely-linked goals: getting information about language and linguistics out to the general public, and doing something to diminish the level of violence in this world. She is the author of the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense series, The Grandmother Principles, and The Language Imperative, all nonfiction; her science fiction novels include the Ozark trilogy, the Native Tongue trilogy, the Coyote Jones series, and now Peacetalk 101.
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A Wonderful Story/Lesson in How Language Impacts Our Life ExperiencesReviewed in the United States on 1 August 2007
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Communicating to solve problemsReviewed in the United States on 18 February 2011
Peacetalk 101 is a slim book that provides parables that illustrate principles of communication that promote respectful, empathetic exchange and avoids abuse and aggression. My work has included work across deep political divides, and this book has provided the type of guidance that bridges gaps. I have given many copies of this book to colleagues and am ordering more! The book is simple and a quick read and very effective for people who want to communicate effectively. This little book really can change your life.
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