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Selected Reviews of The Wisdom to Know the Difference


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The Wisdom to Know the Difference is about being able to change. We human beings are basically the same, wherever we come from, and despite the small physical differences in the shape of our noses, the colour of our hair and so on. We are the same because we all have the same potential to undergo both positive and negative experiences. What's more, we also have the same potential to transform ourselves and our attitudes. What is important is that we can make a change and transform ourselves into better, happier people.”

The Dalai Lama

"Eileen Flanagan is, quite simply, a superb non-fiction writer."

Rose RosetreePathways Magazine

"Eileen Flanagan is a Quaker writer who you're going to hear a whole lot more about in coming years. She's just finding her voice nationally–and what a voice it is!"

—David Crumm, Read the Spirit

“We've all heard "grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, and the courage to change the things I can" but we rarely hear how to find the wisdom to know and act on the difference. Until now. This beautiful book weaves together fascinating stories and timeless wisdom from across spiritual traditions to create a practical map for all of us to navigate this very question.”

Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens 

“In The Wisdom to Know the Difference Eileen Flanagan effortlessly weaves the wisdom of the ordinary people she has met on her path with the extraordinary wisdom of many spiritual teachers into a rich tapestry. A thoroughly good read from beginning to end, I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking spiritual wisdom.”

Karen Casey, Ph.D. author of Each Day A New Beginning

“Chocked full of Quaker wisdom and everyday stories that become parables in Flanagan's hands, this is one of those rare books that give us as readers permission to be–to fully and completely ‘be.’”

Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence 

“Filled with warm stories of faith in action and practical tips for living the life you were created to live, Eileen Flanagan’s delightful book is a source of wisdom and encouragement to which you’ll return again and again. Blessing and inspiration await on every page.”

Brent Bill, Quaker minister and author of Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment 

“Flanagan epitomizes the modern seeker of spiritual wisdom. In her quest, she does not limit herself to any one path; she goes far and wide to absorb and integrate teachings from many great traditions of the world. The result is a fusion that inspires and uplifts the reader.”

Derek Lin, author of The Tao of Daily Life 

“Down to earth with strong spiritual underpinnings. This book draws from actual situations of real-life people as they struggle to become their true selves.”

—Suzanne Farnham, Founder of Listening Hearts Ministries, Co-author of Listening Hearts and

The Wisdom to Know the Difference keeps the reader engaged with its illustrations of individuals who have tapped their inner wisdom and have gone on to lead transformed lives. We can all benefit from these universal tales, along with the spiritual practices Eileen Flanagan offers.”

—Joan Gattuso, author of A Course in Love

“Thoughtful and well-composed…By keeping her discussion linked securely to real narratives, Flanagan achieves in her discussion just the sort of balance the book itself promotes.”

 —James W. Hood, Friends Journal

"Beautifully written and crafted: truly a literary masterwork in the self-improvement/spirituality genre."

New Consciousness Review

"For those who have tried 12-step meetings and have difficulty with 'the God-thing,' Flanagan’s explorations of discernment and 'seeking divine guidance' are well worth a read."

Guinevere Gets Sober.