The Growing Edge

Books and Music

Carrie Newcomer & Parker J. Palmer

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On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old

By Parker J. Palmer

On the Brink of Everything

From beloved and bestselling author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy), comes a beautiful book of reflections on what we can learn as we move closer to "the brink of everything."

Drawing on eight decades of life -- and his career as a writer, teacher, and activist -- Palmer explores the questions age raises and the promises it holds. "Old," he writes, "is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to dive deep into life, not withdraw to the shallows."

But this book is not for elders only. It was written to encourage adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. It's not a how-to-do-it book on aging, but a set of meditations in prose and poetry that turn the prism on the meaning(s) of one's life, refracting new light at every turn.

From beginning to end, the book is laced with humor as well as gravitas -- beautifully enhanced by three free downloadable songs from the gifted singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, written in response to themes in the book.


On The Brink of Everything Companion Songs

By Carrie Newcomer

These songs emerged from Carrie & Parker’s friendship, creative collaboration, and conversations about their own growing edges. They are available here as free download mp3s. Our longtime friend and colleague, pianist Gary Walters, joins Carrie on these recordings.

Music & Books by Carrie Newcomer

Music & Books by Carrie Newcomer

Carrie has 17 nationally released albums and two books of poetry and essays. To explore Carrie’s music and books visit her music website or listen on Spotify.

Books by Parker J. Palmer

Books by Parker J. Palmer

Parker is the author of ten books, including five current best-sellers, all of which can be found at Amazon or IndieBound.