The CNN senior political analyst and USA Today columnist offers a path to navigating the toxic division in our culture without compromising our convictions and emotional well-being, based on her experience as a journalist during the Trump era, interviews with experts, and research on what leads people to actually change their minds.
For years, New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Powers has been center stage for many of our nation’s most searing political and cultural battles as a columnist, TV analyst, and one-time participant in the thunderdome of Twitter. On a good day, there will be civil disagreement. On a bad day, it’s all-out trench warfare—nothing but a cycle of outrage and self-righteousness. More and more, Powers finds herself wondering, along with countless Americans: How are we to cope with this non-stop madness?
In Saving Grace, Powers writes with wit and insight about our country’s poisonous political discourse, chronicling the efforts she’s made to stay grounded and preserve her sanity in a post-truth era that has driven many of us to the edge. She draws on lessons offered by faith leaders, therapists, theologians, social scientists, and activists working for change today. She dismantles the widespread misconception that grace means being nice, letting people get away with harmful behavior, or choosing neutrality in the name of peace. Grace, she argues, is anything but an act of surrender; instead, it is a kinetic and transformative force.
Saving Grace offers a template for a different kind of America, one where we can engage with people who hold opposing views without sacrificing our values or our passionate beliefs in the causes we care about. It’s a culture that embraces repentance and repair, a process through which those who have caused harm can take responsibility and work toward righting the wrongs in which they have participated. It’s a place where we’re empowered to see the possibility in other people, even people who are driving us nuts.
Provocative, original, and filled with deep wisdom, Saving Grace is an essential read for anyone engaged in the struggle to live compassionately in an era of relentless demonization and division.
Kirsten Powers is a New York Times bestselling author, USA Today columnist and CNN senior political analyst where she regularly appears on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and The Lead with Jake Tapper. The Washington Post has called her “bright-eyed, sharp-tongued, [and] gamely combative” and “a ferocious advocate for her points of view.” Kirsten’s book SAVING GRACE: Speak Your Truth, Stay Grounded and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts (Convergent Books) will be released November 2, 2021.
Prior to USA Today, Kirsten was a columnist for the Daily Beast, American Prospect Online and the New York Post. The Columbia Journalism Review called her as “an outspoken liberal journalist” in a sea of opposition at Fox News, where she previously served as a political analyst. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, Elle, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Observer, Salon, the New York Post, and The American Prospect online.
Before her career in journalism, Kirsten was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration and worked in New York Democratic politics. She was also Vice President for International Communications at America Online, Inc. where she oversaw the day-to-day communications of AOL businesses outside the United States and developed and executed the public launches of AOL businesses in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Hong Kong and Australia.
Kirsten graduated from the University of Maryland-College Park with a B.S. in Journalism. Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, she resides in Washington, D.C.