BOOKS BY GILL COOMBS
Author, activist and change facilitator Gill Coombs understands the frustration of caring passionately about an issue, but feeling you don't have the power to change something for the better. She has written three books that help readers to unravel the difficulties, recognise what they can contribute, and set a path for a brighter future.
The Trembling Warrior
Climate and society are unravelling, and people deeply concerned about life on Earth feel an urgent call to do something. But some are not natural warriors: they are poets, artists and dreamers, gentle sages and those on a spiritual path, who don't relish the idea of battle.
Gill Coombs celebrates and encourages 'reluctant activists', weaving stories and wisdom from those on the front line as well as writers, therapists, and politicians. Sensitive idealists will recognise many aspects of the Trembling Warrior: the essential gifts they bring to the world, as well as their challenges.
Diverse personal narratives bring several forms of activism to life, offering ideas and information resourcing Trembling Warriors to be active and effective, in their own unique way as the pressure cranks up.
An insightful, soulful affirmation for those who feel compelled to step up, despite feeling vulnerable, at this pivotal time.
'Her own experiences of street-level non violent direct action led to the writing of her newly updated and newly re-published book... building on interviews and conversations with activists of all kinds, she has created a resource for anyone involved in action of any sort – direct or indirect. With her help, we find the levels of activism that feel safe for us, learn how to build tribe and -crucially -learn how to resource ourselves, to avoid burnout and breakdown so common in the progressive activist movement.’ Manda Scott, novelist
Do you feel you would like to make a difference in the world, but become immobilised by doubt? Do you step into situations and then struggle to cope with resistance and challenge? This book shows you are not alone, explaining why this happens and how to deal with it. Recommended for all ‘sensitive idealists’. Jean Boulton, author, Embracing Complexity.
Hearing our Calling
Published by Floris in 2014, Hearing our Calling has provided a valuable text for those studying Right Livelihood at Schumacher College and MSc in Organisational Development at Metanoia, as well as bringing inspiration to countless individuals reassessing their work in the world.
For many of us, work is a source of anxiety rather than joy, and our workplace routine has become a strain on our lives. This unique book explores whether it's possible to develop a world of work which is, in fact, joyful, fulfilling and good for our health.
'...deftly invites us to realise our personal calling as a pathway towards changing the destructive nature of our current paradigm and regaining our place in the broader community of life. She is optimistic about our chances of achieving this and shares that optimism with her professional and personal vision of the society we can create. Hearing Our Calling is an important and valuable contribution to the work of re-visioning how we want to experience our western societies.' GLENN EDNEY, author of The Ocean is Alive
‘Hearing Our Calling is an insightful treatise guiding us towards happier, more purposeful lives filled with generosity, spontaneity, creativity, connectedness and love.’ SIMON ROBINSON, co-author of Holonomics
Gill Coombs's second book is about the rising battle between good and evil in the world. Simplifying some complex ideas in the form of a game, it encourages readers to take an active role in 'scoring for Life' rather than a passive approach that can unwittingly score for the 'Dark Powers'.
In the Game, there are seven Avatars we can all play - each described with compassion and psychological insight. Coombs shows how these Avatars play out in various 'Fields' such as Money, Community and Food. Described as 'a fine, sane work about real devils and how to resist them', The Game is packed with hundreds of ideas that readers can implement straight away.
'..radical, searching, provocative, well-written and deeply insightful. It provides nourishment for courageous thinkers and people of sense and conscience, and is strong medicine for the uninformed, complacent and too-afraid-to-look.' MALCOLM PARLETT, author of Future Sense
'... original, exciting and deeply refreshing. Tough and confronting, yet also compassionate and generous, Gill Coombs makes the choices we face explicit and very clear: choices that can take us towards life or away from it. It signposts the way forward to a just, peaceful and beautiful world.' MAC MACARTNEY, author of Finding Earth, Finding Soul