By Sharon Daloz Parks
A landmark examine that finds how we turn into devoted to the typical sturdy and maintain such commitments in a altering global. "A perceptive, groundbreaking research of encouraged lives, including to our realizing of expert compassion, dedicated citizenry, and lives lived in alignment with a deeper objective. it is a guidebook for the soul." —Daniel Goleman, writer of Emotional Intelligence "Common hearth is robust and gorgeous and wise." —Jonathan Kozol
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