Inspiring Courage


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Wisdom Publications
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8.0 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

After starting her professional life as an art historian, Barbara Bonner has devoted her career to nonprofit management, fundraising and philanthropy. In New York she held leadership positions in three of the city's distinguished museums. She then served as Vice President of Bennington College and of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Since 2009 she has had her own consulting company that helps nonprofit organizations transform their board leadership and philanthropic support. In addition, Barbara has served on ten nonprofit boards, most recently as Board Chair of The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Several years ago she started a major fund for helping women with cancer in her region. After 30 years in New York City, Barbara now lives in a converted barn in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.

Her first book, Inspiring Generosity, was published in 2014. Barbara has spoken widely on the subjects of generosity and leadership and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.


"Barbara Bonner brings together stories, poems, and quotes about courage in a wonderful way that reveals the power, coherence and variety in our collective, indeed global, voices of courage. Inspiring Courage is an inspiration!"--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
"Courage is a timeless strength, and particularly relevant in these turbulent times. Barbara Bonner, once again, weaves together inspiring stories, poems and words of wisdom from a wide range of courageous beings. This wonderful book uplifts the heart and helps us engage more passionately with our lives and the world."--Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness
"In this beautifully presented book, you will find illustrations of courage that enliven your own capacity to live, serve, savor and love without holding back."--Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
"What does courage really mean? Barbara Bonner's stories and poems reveal aspects that will bring you to tears--and make you think."--David Loy, author of A New Buddhist Path
"Once again, Barbara Bonner offers us the gift of inspiration in her new book Inspiring Courage, with poems, stories and compelling quotations that make us want to step into more courageous lives."--Jeffrey C. Walker, coauthor of The Generosity Network
"Since our ancient ancestors built altars to cave bears, many of us have searched for the inspiration to meet life with fearless courage. I am so grateful to Barbara Bonner for assembling this wonderful book. Filled with voices of wisdom, this book shows us how to engage and meet our lives with compassion. I love this beloved companion."--Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, co-editor of Awake at the Bedside
"Inspiring Courage is itself a fierce act of courage. At a time when we find the act of living authentically challenged, Barbara Bonner's book calls us to stand firm and tap our innate courage to, above all, be ourselves."--Jerry Colonna, CEO of and chair of the board of trustees, Naropa University
"Inspiring Courage touches the heart and fills you with spirit."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
"With verve and creativity, the author has come up with a dazzling collection . . . a treasure trove of inspirational contributions."--Spirituality & Practice