[saymaListserv] FW: Life-changing book in stores now

Kit Potter listener at bellsouth.net
Thu Jan 1 23:18:11 JEST 2004

Anyone know something about the book my cousin is mentioning here? Any
feedback or reviews?

Happy New Year,

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From: Warren Hoskins [mailto:warren at hoskins.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 8:40 PM
To: oc-alum at asquared.info
Subject: Life-changing book in stores now

I read a lot, and sometimes get enthusiastic about a book.  This is a
different kind of enthusiasm I am experiencing however.  I recommend gently
but rather insistently that it will be very worthwhile to read COMMON
SHOCK -- Witnessing Violence Every Day: How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal,
by Dr. Kaethe Weingarten (Dutton, September 2003), no matter where on the
political spectrum you are, no matter your religion or tribe or other
"demographic" subdivision of humanity.

First, the writing connects. The "homework" has been done, in Dr.
Weingarten's own practice and life, and in the places that life has taken
her (Kosovo, and South Africa, as well as others).  This is potentially as
big a book as something like I'M OK, YOU'RE OK, or THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY
EFFECTIVE PEOPLE.  Second, even telling people about this book has brought
forth hopeful reactions.  This is a book which looks at process, at
procedures, and at how we function biologically and socially--it is true
about humanity, not just about Western civilization.

And, I want your help.  I would like to see intelligent criticism of this
book, of its research and writing. I really want to know what its perceived
flaws are (aside from typos that got through).  I doubt very much that what
is found would change my mind about what I feel is revealed as true in this
book, but it would help me to see what others are likely to take issue with.

I found it in the bookstore at Oberlin that shares the Ben Franklin 5 &
10 -- Mindscape? Mindspring? SOmething like that.  Wonderful books,
including an excellent assortment for children.  I have been reading my way
through COMMON SHOCK like it is required reading for a course--the course
for the rest of my life, I suspect.  I also want to look at (but have not
yet, so I am sending this on in trust that there is something there) the
related web site Dr. Weingarten is affiliated with:
http://www.witnessingproject.org --to see what may be there.

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