Join author and Columbus School for Girls alumna Barbara Bonner as she shares her most recent book, Inspiring Courage. Through a broad scope of quotations, poems, and true-life stories, Barbara answers the question for readers: How can we manage to move forward in the face of hardship, when the odds aren’t in our favor? A book signing will follow Barbara’s reading and presentation.
Inspiring Courage offers us a beautiful companion to the challenges of daily life. In this book, the reader is inspired to all kinds of courage: courage to live a human life, courage to face disaster, and courage to help an ailing world. Included are stories of ordinary people who have faced illness, loss, and discrimination, and taken on political challenges and the environmental crisis. Selected poems and quotations include figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pema Chodron, Rumi, Wendell Berry, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many more.
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.
“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 and True Refuge
“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