World Enough & Time-Second Edition

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Christian McEwen

376 pp.


Second Edition

October 2023

Sku: 9780872333802-1 Category: Books


From the preface of the Second Edition:

Twelve years later …

World Enough & Time came out in 2011. In the years since, some understanding of Slow Living—originating in Rome, in 1986, in the form of the Slow Food Movement—has seeped into almost every crevice of our culture, from Slow Art (with its emphasis on attentive looking), to Slow Travel and Slow Cinema, Slow Church, Slow Counseling, Slow Medicine, Slow Money, Slow Thought and Scholarship, even Slow Media. At the same time, words like anxiety, overwhelm, and digital distraction have entered the public discourse, along with their antidotes: mindfulness, meditation, embodied presence. . . . Christian McEwen, September 2023

Making room for creativity is not about squeezing yet another activity into an already overflowing schedule or tossing another ball into a deluge of obligations. It’s about scheduling fewer activities, dropping some of the balls, and slowing down—creating what Christian McEwen so eloquently describes as “a rich sufficiency of time.” 

In World Enough & Time, McEwen quotes widely from literary and spiritual thinkers to explore the fruits of life lived slowly, deliberately, and with mindfulness. She draws on the wisdom of writers ranging from Henry David Thoreau to Mary Oliver and Adrienne Rich, artists and musicians from Auguste Rodin to Meredith Monk, and religious traditions from both the East and the West, creating a unique combination of history, spirituality, and practical advice about incorporating the benefits of slowness into everyday living. What she calls “inspiration for the literate reader” does indeed inspire one to put down the smart phone and pick up pencil and paper, to deepen friendships through long, face-to-face conversations, and to step into one’s life by actual walking: putting one foot in front of the other, preferably under the open sky. 

The benefits? Not just the time for creativity, but the kind of peace of mind that welcomes and nurtures creative pursuits. A way of living that’s deep, contemplative, and rich. Emotions that are felt. Friendships that nurture. A wider embrace of humanity.

This is a book that can pull you back from the brink of “crazy-busy-ness,” of high-speed, high-tech life, and return you to your soul.

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Weight 1.2 lbs

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