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Full Voice by Barbara McAfee
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Oct 03, 2011 | ISBN 9781605099224

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“A book on voice that is more a book on the art of living through the voice. All true works of prose point back to the essential truths–to be true to ourselves, to express who we are in the world completely, and to communicate fully with others.”
–Joseph Bailey, psychologist and coauthor of Slowing Down to the Speed of Life

“Barbara’s words are wise and wonderful; the tools are practical and playful. If, indeed, ‘voice is the muscle of the soul,’ Barbara offers a most pleasurable Olympic training opportunity. What a gift!”
—Jayne A. Felgen, MPA, RN, President, Creative Health Care Management, and author of I2E2: Leading Lasting Change

“This book is a gift and a call to reclaim the deep roots of our own life. It is an invitation to rediscover, embrace, and release the power of our unique voice into the world so our work can be vibrantly alive. It provides language, tools, practices, and stories that illuminate the journey. As an educator, I believe the inspiring ideas and messages in this book must be shared with all children so they understand not only the ‘song that is uniquely theirs to sing’ but the deep ties between their voice and their calling and how they can bring them to life.”
—Stephanie Pace Marshall, PhD, Founding President and President Emerita, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and author of The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning and Schooling to Life

“I found Full Voice such a delight to read! I never anticipated that learning about vocal presence could speak to me on so many levels. The metaphors and examples helped me visualize and connect to the message. And Barbara’s intimate writing voice makes it seem as though she is sitting right beside me, talking with me.”
—Lori Addicks, President, Larkspur Group

“Barbara McAfee leads us on a transformational journey in finding our true and authentic voice! This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make a difference through the use of his or her voice.”
—James L. Roussin, strategic change consultant, leadership coach, and coauthor of Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning

“Every life is a journey into song. To find it, however, has often been a mystery that has involved a long, uncertain journey through a dark forest with no clear path to follow. Until now. Full Voice is a magnificent guide that illuminates this path and makes this eternal dream possible. It helps us appreciate that the vulnerability of our voice is also the source of our greatest power, courage, and strength. Every voice is needed now. The world cannot evolve without it. Each of us has a ‘song’ to sing. Without it, the world will be incomplete.”
—Michael Jones, pianist, composer, leadership educator, and author of Artful Leadership: Awakening the Commons of the Imagination

“I’ve worked side by side with Barbara for many years and witnessed the brilliance of her talents—her strong, soaring voice that she so skillfully uses to encourage others to find their voices. I’m so grateful she’s written this book so that many more people may discover the gift of giving voice.”
—Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Perseverance and coauthor of Walk Out Walk On

“The Tibetans speak of body, mind, and voice, rather than body, mind, and spirit. This book offers wise guidance for opening our voices—and spirits—to their full expression.”
—Eric Utne, founder, Utne Reader

“A practical and inspirational guide to how we can more fully bring our voice into the world. Barbara McAfee offers tangible ways in which we can strengthen and express our authentic voice.”
–Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., cultural anthropologist and author of The Second Half of Life

Table Of Contents

Foreword: Peter Block

Part I: Understanding Voice
Chapter 1: Voice, Instinct, and the Oral Tradition: A Context for Voice
Chapter 2: Voice and Identity: Who You Gonna Be While You Do What You Do?
Chapter 3: Brain Rats: Addressing Fear
Chapter 4: Voice 101: How Voices Work, What Goes Wrong, and Ways to Keep Them Healthy

Part II: The Five Elements Framework
Chapter 5: The Five Elements Framework Overview
Chapter 6: Earth Voice–Gut Instinct, Authority, and Grounding
Chapter 7: Fire Voice–Passion, Personal Power, and Vitality
Chapter 8: Water Voice–Caring, Compassion, and Affirmation
Chapter 9: Metal Voice–Clarity and Focus
Chapter 10: Air Voice–Inspiration, Possibility, and Spiritual Connection

Part III: Integration
Chapter 11: Five Elements Framework Summary & Practice Guide
Chapter 12: The Case for Singing and Poetry
Chapter 13: Voices Lost and Found
Chapter 14: Our Journey In Review
Five Elements Reference Guide
Suggested Reading
About the Author

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