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The Turning Point

Gregg Braden



There's a time when every crisis can become transformation; when simply surviving can become joyous thriving. In our lives that time is The Turning Point. In our world that time is now!

In this compelling new work, best-selling author and visionary Gregg Braden merges his expertise in leading-edge science with present-day realities to answer the questions on everyone's minds: What's causing the extremes in our world? What do the global trends mean in our personal lives? How do we make everyday life better for us and our families? Through his powerful synthesis of easy-to-understand science and real-world circumstances, Gregg uniquely:
1. Identifies the facts underlying the crises of personal, as well as global, change.
2. Describes new scientific discoveries that hold the key to turning global crises into personal transformation.
3. Reveals simple strategies of resilient thinking for our finances and lifestyles and resilient living for our families and communities as we navigate the greatest shift in power, wealth, and resources in the modern world!

Will we choose the Turning Point to the greatest transformation of living and thinking the world has ever seen?
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Mar 01, 2014 Lu47
The Turning Point: Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes, is Gregg Braden’s newest book. In this book, Gregg explains why he believes the world is in trouble. He defines and explains what a turning point is, and how it works. He alleges that resilience creates a turning point. The book also covers various turning point scenarios and their possible transformational results. This includes what personal transformations we can make to create a turning point.

I had a very hard time trying to get into this book. Despite the author’s inclusion of personal stories, I found this book to be flat like a textbook. It did not inspire me emotionally to want to create a so-called turning point in my own life. I found the content to be simplistic with no new fresh ideas.

On the other hand, fans of the author may well love this book for its attempt to evoke change in the world, and in our own personal lives. It is obvious that a great deal of research was done in the creating of this book. Perhaps, that’s where it lost me, with all the facts and charts. This just simply was not my cup of tea.

Note: This book was provided to me at no cost in exchange for my opinion.
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Mar 04, 2014 winmar
This review is from: The Turning Point: Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes (Hardcover)
It’s timely that an author the caliber of Gregg Braden takes on the issues confronting the world in Turning Point. He does not mince words as he spells out the predicament we are in, covering all the issues from peak oil to the banking industry. His final chapters, suggesting that we need community, have long been touted from the Transition Town movement to the use of Permaculture. He ties it up under the title Resilience.

If you are a die-hard Gregg Braden fan and read everything he has ever written, by all means pick up Turning Point. Or, if you are one of those individuals who believe that we have problems, but technology will save us, this book is for you. But if you have kept up with “the long emergency,” and/or know that we are in a crisis with our depleting cheap fossil fuel, you probably won’t find anything new between the pages. In an attempt to give the information needed, it comes across much like a dry textbook.

Disclosure: I reviewed this book at the request of Hayhouse.
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Mar 11, 2014 timlarison
“Never in the modern world have we attempted to meet the growing needs of so many people through shrinking supplies of so few resources, with climate change supercharging the demand,” Gregg Braden writes early in his new book The Turning Point: Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes. At first I thought this was a book just about global problems – those biggies that affect the whole human race. “I’m glad we have people like Gregg Braden addressing this stuff,” I thought to myself. “I have enough on my plate in running the family business, getting our kids through college, and attempting to lose a few pounds. These bigger issues are too much for me to think about right now.”

But in Turning Point Gregg Braden does an excellent job in explaining these huge planetary problems in language an average person, like me, can understand. I liked how Braden put into perspective the turbulent times we are living in. “For 11,500 years or so,” he writes, “there had been fewer than 500 million people on the planet. To put this into perspective, it means that during this time the number of people being sustained by the resources of our planet was less than half the number now living in India today.” Wow.

Far from painting a doomsday picture, though, Turning Point is a book of hope. Braden contends that our ancestors have faced equally challenging problems, and through resilience and innovation came out better on the other side. We can do that too. “We humans have a history of embracing change and an amazing track record for successfully turning the extremes of crisis into transformation,” the author says. “Our willingness to think differently about ourselves and the world will be the key to the success of our journey.”

While I found Braden’s expose on global issues enlightening, I was surprised as I read further that he applies these same transformational principles to common problems we all face. Not sure when to leave a job? A relationship? The author gives questions to ask yourself when facing a big change. In a chapter on personal resilience he identifies unhealthy coping strategies and healthier alternatives when stress gets to be too much. In this way The Turning Point is a very practical book, applicable to every day life, in addition to addressing those larger global issues.

“There’s a time when every crisis can be turned into transformation; when simply surviving can become thriving. That time is the turning point,” Braden writes. Reading The Turning Point gave me a better awareness of the planetary challenges we are facing as a human race, but also gave me tools for transforming problems in my own little world. It’s a book worth reading.
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