A song that tired ears are waiting to hear (Announcement)

Hi friends – We’re delighted to announce the publication of our new book The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence. Previously available only as an e-book, The Seventh Story is now a beautifully designed paperback, and can be purchased directly from the authors here.

The story we tell about the world shapes how we live. In a fable for grown-ups, presented alongside essays by Brian McLaren & Gareth Higgins, you’ll examine six familiar stories that have repeated through history, which have taught us all how to dominate, fear, or withdraw from the world and the beautiful people in it. There is a Seventh Story, a path of openheartedness toward others, and reading this book will inspire you to look anew at the world and your neighbors in creating it. Facing fear, aggression, and violence with the strength to love, and change your story.

Click here to purchase the paperback, available now.

And click here to read more about the other part of this project, a children’s book about “Us” and “Them”.

We’re certain that there’s a better story waiting to be told about the world in which we live. Read The Seventh Story, and join the community stepping into a story of connection and courage.

Thanks friends – see you further up the road.

Gareth Higgins & Brian McLaren

PS: Here’s what two followers of The Seventh Story tell us:

“…We were left with such a feeling of gratitude and respect for the hard wrought, and clearly joyful work you are engaged in…It is a song being sung that ears are yearning to hear.  I am less inclined to think that there is a fix, a “way out” of this entanglement, this global amnesia that we find ourselves in the throes of.  But there is a “way in”…and this is what your commitment to creating community, to forging a new narrative, to reaching toward a higher good and the healing of the separation that comes with this race into modernity, resources for us…our need for each other, for understanding, tolerance and connection, when so much around us seems to argue for our separateness, leaving us to cling to the buoys of our own entrenched and worn out stories/beliefs.    

Whether or not we are destined to plunge over the precipice, I think ultimately matters little as it relates to how we put ourselves into the world.  Either way it would seem there is only one sane thing to do…to share our love, compassion, our forgiveness and broken heartedness, with one another, and whatever else remains in this wonder-filled world, however long that may be.   Thank you for having your life’s work committed to that, and to sharing it with us all.” – Michael & Wendy Arbuckle, Asheville, NC