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An interview with David Isay of StoryCorps called “LISTENING AS AN ACT OF LOVE”


Introduction to the Practice of Council by Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle

How Can we Learn Listen More Attentively? by Jack Zimmerman

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The Way of Council, by Jack Zimmerman and Gigi Coyle, 2nd Ed. Bramble Books, Las Vegas, 2009

Flesh and Spirit: The Mystery of Intimate Relationship, by Jack Zimmerman & Jaquelyn McCandless, Bramble Books, Las Vegas, 1998.

  • German Version: Die Hochzeit von Körper & Seele: Das Mysterium intimer Partnerschaften, Jack Zimmerman & Jaquelyn McCandless, Arbor Verlag, Freiburg, 2018.

Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community, by Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, & Mark Wedge, Living Justice Press, 2003.

What’s Your Story?: Questions that Spark Connection and Understanding, by Jodi Margaram Bell, Amazon, 2018.  Buy the book: Click here

The Little Book of Circle Processes: New/Old Approaches to Peacemaking, by Kay Pranis, Good Books Press, Intercourse, PA, 2005.

Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture, by Christina Baldwin, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishers, New York, 1998.

Dreaming the Council Ways: True Native Teachings from the Red Lodge, by Ohkey Simine Forest, Samuel Weiser Inc. York Beach Maine, 2000.

The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America, by James Wilson, Grove Press, New York, 1999.

Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature, by Stephen Harrod Buhner, Bear & Company, 2004.

Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, Bantam Books, New York 1995.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Harper & Row, New York, 1990.

Owning Your Own Shadow, by Robert A. Johnson, HarperSan Francisco, 1991.

The Magic of Conflict: Turning a Life of Work into a Work of Art, by Thomas F. Crum, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, New York, 1987.

Proceed with Passion: Engaging Students in Meaningful Education, Paul F. Cummins, Anna Cummins, & Emily Cummins, Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, 2004.

The Practice of the Wild, by Gary Snyder, North Point Press, San Francisco, 1990.

Exemplar of Liberty: Native America and the Evolution of Democracy, by Donald A. Grinde & Bruce E. Johnson, University of California, American Indian Studies, 1991.

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