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Will you sleep through the revolution? Or do you want to wake up and reclaim your one wild and precious life?

We live in truly overwhelming times. The climate crisis, political polarisation, racial injustice and coronavirus have left many of us in a state of spiritual PTSD. We have retreated, morally and psychologically; we are experiencing a crisis of disconnection - from one another, from our true values, from joy and from life as we feel we are meant to be living it. 

Sarah Wilson argues that this sense of despair and disconnection is ironically what unites us - that deep down, we are all feeling that same itch for a new way of living. This one wild and precious life opens our eyes to how we got here and offers a radically hopeful path forward. Drawing on science, literature, philosophy, the wisdom of some of the world's leading experts and her personal journey, Wilson weaves a one-of-a-kind narrative that lights the way back to the life we love. En route, she leads us through a series of 'wildly awake' and joyful practices for reconnecting again that include:

  • Go to your edge. Do what scares you and embrace discomfort daily. Use it to grow into your Big Life.
  • #buylesslivemore. Break the cycle of mindless consumption and get light with your life.
  • Become a soul nerd. Embrace poetry, deep reading, art and classical music to light up your intellect.
  • Get 'full-fat spiritual'. How to have an active practice - beyond the 'lite' 'rainbows and unicorns' - and use it to change the world.
  • Hike. Just hike. Walking in nature reconnects us with ourselves and with our true purpose.
  • Practise wild activism. If you can get 3.5 per cent of a population to participate in sustained, non-violent protest, change happens. We create our better world.

The time has come to boldly, wildly, imagine better. We are being called upon, individually and as a society, to forge a new path and to find a new way of living. Will you join the journey?

©2020 Sarah Wilson (P)2020 Macmillan Australia Audio

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More of a memoir than a self help book

I gave up in chapter 3. The first chapter highlighted some important and challenging social issues and ambitiously suggested that solutions could be found.
The next chapter dipped into ideas of writers and philosophers, with plenty of interesting thought nuggets unearthed. By chapter 3 we were deeply into Sarah Wilson's memoirs. I couldn't stay the course.

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Thanks for the enlightening read & inspiration

I found this journey unputter downable. Much respect to Sarah for her articulate way of describing our world situation and what we can do to.

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A profound awareness of society today

very interesting and informative. I would definitely recommend this book to any aged person especially over 40's

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I savoured every moment of Sarah's latest book

This book spoke to my heart & desires. As Sarah spoke each word I had lightbulb moments and even better answers to many of questions about life, society & love xxx

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Perfect read for current state

Though a little long and sometimes spirals into topics (to be expected by Sarah), it’s extremely relevant for the current times and is relatable.

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A positive call for more activism

Sarah’s book is well researched, very engaging and well written. Every part ends with some practical steps that we all can implement immediately. She leaves us in a very hopeful state. Love the book and highly recommend it.

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Just..wow

Listen to every word. Sarah hit the nail on the head. This is such a great book. Love it and highly recommend

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Make sure you read this!

Everyone should read this book as a matter of urgency.
Never read a book about the climate emergency before? Read this one
Already read lots of books about the climate emergency? Read this one as well.
Think there is no climate emergency? Read this book
Depressed by the state of the world? Read this book
It’s a great listen and entertaining as well as super useful.

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couldn't finish it

started strong, compelling and engaging and just loses its focus complete about half way through.

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It's nice to be challenged

I needed many of the challenges Sarah invokes in the book. I found it easy to follow and it has inspired me to do better. I'm grateful for her work.

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  • 09-06-2021

Wonderful!

Loved this book. I'm inspired to go and live my one wild and precious life and make sure my kids do too ❤

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  • Monica Rice
  • 25-03-2021

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There were times I had to stop listening for a day to get my head around all the feelings. It’s deep and beautiful and necessary for all humans to hear this message.

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  • 17-02-2021

A hard, necessary and inspiring read

Sarah takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride designed to inspire and create change. Highly recommend to anyone fearful about our future. Also a great read for anyone missing travel.

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  • Stephen
  • 29-10-2020

A Lost Rant

Sarah rambles on how she finds peace through hiking, being in nature, adopting a kid and that we all need to focus on the climate change to give us fulfilment and purpose... and save the future.

Great if you’re Sarah, not great if you are me. I often found myself thinking I was her shrink, and if truth be told I’m pretty sure she is no closer to finding answers than she was before she started writing.

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  • 04-10-2020

Sarah, you’re a force to be reckoned with

Thank you for delivering the timely reminder of what we are experiencing now! We must fight, we must have hope and your words, hikes and wisdom of others is so perfectly put together. Thank you Sarah. I recommend this book to all.

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