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Reckoning came on: A younger woman no longer young, author and teacher in her own right, sends a note in late fall, 2021, to someone she doesn’t know, an older man not yet old, author too and activist of some kind. She proposes a talk she’ll promote. Her purpose: to wonder about what is happening to the moorings of her generation. Whole-person heartbreak ensues, prompting another session, the next evening. As winter comes on, they do five more. By then, something is born of their wonder. They consider the transcripts, they write a letter to each other, blessings of a kind, bindings of a kind. Reckoning is what they call it.

Reckoning is the  cultural cyphering of Stephen Jenkinson and Kimberly Ann Johnson. It’s an unguarded, sober meeting with Spirit Work, Elderhood, Grief and Plague and Building Culture in a Me-First Era. To be tried at home. With Companions.

Stephen Jenkinson and Kimberly Ann Johnson

About Kimberly Ann Johnson

Kimberly Ann Johnson is the bestselling author of the early mothering classic The Fourth Trimester: Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality published in seven languages around the world.

A sought after practitioner and leader in the field of postpartum health, Johnson has been working hands-on in integrative women’s health and trauma recovery for more than a decade.

Her work has been featured in The New York TimesForbesVogue, New York Magazine’s The CutHarper’s Bazaar, and many more. She is the host of the Sex, Birth and Trauma podcast with over half a million unique downloads.

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About Stephen Jenkinson

Culture activist, worker, author ~ Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, co-founded the school with his wife Nathalie Roy in 2010, convening semi-annually in Deacon, Ontario, and in northern Europe. He has Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work). Since co-founding the Nights of Grief and Mystery project with singer/ songwriter Gregory Hoskins in 2015, he has toured this musical/ tent show revival/ storytelling/ ceremony of a show across North America, U.K. and Europe and Australia and New Zealand. They released their Nights of Grief & Mystery album in 2017 and at the end of 2020, they released two new records; Dark Roads and Rough Gods. He is the author of A Generation’s Worth: Spirit Work While the Crisis Reigns (2021), Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble (2018), the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (2015), Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions (a live teaching from 2013), How it All Could Be: A workbook for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – (a live teaching from 2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002). He was a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007). Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada, 2008, dir. Tim Wilson), a portrait of his work with dying people, and Lost Nation Road, a shorter documentary on the crafting of the Nights of Grief and Mystery tours (2019, dir. Ian Mackenzie).

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Additional information

Weight 0.821 kg
Dimensions 33 × 25 × 3 cm

Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

Details: Paperback

Publisher: Orphan Wisdom
Page Count: 292
Design: Stephen Jenkinson
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-9937142-6-9

Details: Hardcover

Publisher: Orphan Wisdom
Page Count: 292
Design: Stephen Jenkinson
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-9937142-7-6

Details: Audiobook

Read by the authors in .MP3 format. Stream/listen to the recordings on your computer, tablet or mobiles device when connected to the internet or download the recordings to your desktop/laptop computer. Digital/online items are offered with 2 years of unlimited access once purchased.