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At age 49, Eileen Flanagan had an aching feeling that she wasn’t living up to her potential or her youthful ideals. Drowning in email and stuff she didn’t need, the simple Peace Corps life of her twenties was a distant memory, while the African country where she’d taught was struggling to adapt to global warming. Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope is the story of a spiritual writer and mother of two who, for her fiftieth birthday, returned alone to southern Africa, where she found the courage to change her life, while trying to change the world.

Eileen Flanagan is a Quaker writer, speaker, and activist. Her previous book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference, was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and won the Silver Nautilus Book Award. She writes for a wide range of publications and teaches in the Pendle Hill Resident Program. A graduate of Duke and Yale, she lives with her husband and two children in Philadelphia where she is clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team. 

“If you’ve ever felt despair about the state of the world or wondered, ‘What can I do?’ I recommend reading Renewable. Eileen Flanagan’s insightful memoir shows a deep understanding of complex global problems while showing us how one person can change their life while working to change the world we all share.”

 ~Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director Greenpeace International


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Renewable will be published in March 2015. To schedule Eileen to speak next spring or to receive notice when the book is available for order, send a message through the Contact page.


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Video: Eileen Flanagan is interviewed about her book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference at the leading North American publishing event, Book Expo.

Thanks to Smartbook Reviews for this video.