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The Impossible Will Take a Little While


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Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen, which has 130,000 copies in print. He appears regularly in the Huffington Post and on national radio and TV and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and AARP Bulletin.


History Channel & American Book Association's #3 political book for 2004 Praise the original edition: "This might possibly be the most important collection of stories and essays you will ever read."--American Book Association & History Channel: Top-10 political book list "Paul Loeb brings hope for a better world in a time when we so urgently need it."--Millard Fuller, founder, Habitat for Humanity "An indispensable anthology of hope and inspiration. Put away your Prozac, and pick up The Impossible Will Take a Little While."--Arianna Huffington "Deeply moving and motivating... a retinue to be reckoned with; a plethora of commentary from those dedicated to the concept of a better world"--Baltimore Sun "Hopeful, inspiring, and motivating... May well be required reading for us all." --Sierra Club Magazine "Will resonate with anyone struggling with despair and doubt."--Dallas Morning News "A much needed salvo against despair."--Psychology Today "For anyone worn down, The Impossible Will Take a Little While is a bracing double cappuccino."--Barbara Ehrenreich "A must read"--Teaching Tolerance "This inspiring collection is such a song of hope in these difficult times."--Bonnie Raitt "A wonderful book, with some extraordinary folks contributing. It reminds us that darkness always comes before the dawn."--Reg Weaver, president, National Education Association "Stop worrying, stop feeling sorry for humanity and read The Impossible Will Take a Little While."--Chicago Tribune "A book of essays meant to inspire people."--Christian Science Monitor "An extremely important effort."--John Kenneth Galbraith "A shot in the arm for all of us who feel withered by crisis and paralyzed with cynicism...Every page sparkles with insight into how the most painful circumstances can drive us to our higher selves."--San Antonio Express News "A powerful classroom resource that will help inspire your students to act." --American Association of Colleges and Universities "A compilation of 49 essays, excerpts and exclamations from a wide range of people who have found hope despite all evidence to the contrary."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "Refreshingly empowering, healing, and amazingly inspirational. It touches the imagination, retrieves the faith, and is desperately needed by our country to provoke new hope and meaning. It is a glass half full for the cynic and the fearful, a compilation of vision for the complacent, and an antidote for the despondent--truly a must read for everyone."--Steelabor, United Steelworkers of America "Reading this hymnbook of hope, one's heart cannot help but sing. I am moved and inspired by this magnificent book's rich stories and insights. They water the fragile, precious seed of hope, from which everything we love grows." --Vicki Robin, author, Your Money or Your Life "A soul-stirring anthology which we guarantee will lift the spirits of anyone looking for reasons to carry on in the struggle to create a better world."--The Lutheran "An intelligent, impressive compendium of ideas and feelings that, if implemented, will lead to a far more civilized society." --Peter Matthiessen, author The Snow Leopard "A collection of moving essays and poems on how to maintain optimism in a post 9/11 world."--Real Simple "You are part of what's good about this world and I admire your work very much. This book can even make one hopeful about the future despite so many signs to the contrary."--Bill Moyers "A magnificent anthology celebrates hope, guts, and the power of taking action... Loeb has compiled for us the words of 49 of the most gifted and heroic men and women of our time, 49 testimonials to stamina and compassion in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, 49 reasons to keep hope alive in this time of frustration and fear" --The Oprah Magazine [Lead Review] "Stunning insights...educational and inspirational."--Seattle Times "A stirring collection of essays aimed at people who still want to believe that ordinary people can change the world."--Atlanta Journal Constitution "An anthology of some of the most powerful voices of our time."--Boston Globe "When my daughter asked from college how to be an effective grassroots citizen, I gave her Paul's books."--Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Program "Loeb has been doing wonderfully patient work, exploring the American conscience from the inside. I regard him as something of a national treasure."--Susan Sontag

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