See No Stranger
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‘In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.’ –Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
Renowned activist, filmmaker and civil rights lawyer Valarie Kaur made headlines when her ‘Breathe and Push’ speech on how to survive in a time of rage went viral with 30 million views worldwide. In this inspiring and timely debut, she shows you how to reclaim love as a force for justice.
When we practise love in the face of fear or rage, it has the ability to transform an encounter, a relationship, a community, a culture, even a country. Love becomes revolutionary.
Revolutionary love is the call of our time. A radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents and to ourselves. It invites you to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are part of me I do not yet know.
Grounded in Valarie’s own personal experience of practising love in the face of political oppression, sexual assault, wrongful arrest, detention, racism and murder, See No Stranger is an important and urgent manifesto that shows us a way to build movements that leave no one behind. You will learn to love others without prejudice or judgement, love your opponents through empathy and forgiveness, and ultimately to love yourself.
‘Valarie Kaur is a prophetic voice of our generation. Her wisdom ignites and inspires me, lighting the way through the darkness. This book will do the same for you.’ –America Ferrera, actress and activist
‘Valarie Kaur is a visionary worker for justice and this book is her radiant offering.’ –Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
‘See No Stranger is rooted in radical honesty, vulnerability, and fierce commitment to building a world in which we all belong.’ -Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
‘In a world ravaged by anger and hatred, Valarie Kaur offers a vision of “Revolutionary Love”, not as platitude or panacea, but rather as a powerful weapon against intolerance and injustice. It may well be our only hope for peace and understanding in these troubled times.’ -Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
‘Tested and tempered by suffering, but rising up with hope and joy, Kaur shows us how to love others, opponents, and ourselves in ways that will bring us closer to the Beloved Community. This book will change your life.’ -Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak
‘This is the book we have been waiting for. It calls us up and calls us into the hard and necessary work to heal our wounds and reimagine the world.’ -Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance and CNN host
‘The intimate, raw stories in See No Stranger will break and awaken your heart; the profound teachings and compelling vision will inspire you to serve and savor our precious world.’ -Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
‘Love-firebrand… Part personal history, part inspiring manifesto, Kaur’s immensely readable book implores and inspires us toward love as “sweet labor: bloody, fierce, imperfect, and life-giving.”‘ -Rainn Wilson, actor
‘A book of remarkable courage and deep insight… Kaur maps singularly personal experiences of suffering and shared collective agonies of inequality as she seeks to understand the terrain of our humanity.’ –Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University
‘This book and the woman who gave birth to it have so much to offer the struggle for peace and justice as we move into a most complex and crucial century. Open up your heart as you open these pages and let yourself be inspired and invigorated by the way Ms Kaur breaks it down.’ -Ani DiFranco
‘Valarie Kaur is a revolutionary for justice who shows us how to labor for the world we dream. In my darkest moments, I remember my Sikh sister’s call to “breathe and push!” Her wisdom inspires us to build movements and seek the change that love demands.’ -Rev. William J. Barber, II, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
‘Inspires us to become who we believe we are.’ -Lawrence Lessig, legal scholar
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