We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

Inner Light in a Time of Darkness

The New York Times bestselling book of spiritual ruminations with a progressive political edge from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author

“A light in darkness, Alice Walker awakens us to our own power as only she can. . . . Once again, Walker has exceeded our expectations.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A New York Times bestseller in hardcover, Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker’s We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For was called “stunningly insightful” and “a book that will inspire hope” by Publishers Weekly.

Drawing equally on Walker’s spiritual grounding and her progressive political convictions, each chapter concludes with a recommended meditation to teach us patience, compassion, and forgiveness. We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For takes on some of the greatest challenges of our times and in it Walker encourages readers to take faith in the fact that, despite the daunting predicaments we find ourselves in, we are uniquely prepared to create positive change.

The hardcover edition of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For included a national tour that saw standing-room-only crowds and standing ovations. Walker’s clear vision and calm meditative voice—truly “a light in darkness”—has struck a deep chord among a large and devoted readership.


“This new collection of righteous speeches and essays is Walker the cultural pioneer back on top form.”
The Guardian
“Wise thoughts for a troubled world.”
Dallas Morning News
“A thoughtful and reflective look at life and the search for meaning.”
“Her determined focus on the positive has served her well. ”

News and Reviews

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Democracy Now!

Interview with Alice Walker

Books by Alice Walker

The World Will Follow Joy
Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems)

Alice Walker

The World Has Changed
Conversations with Alice Walker

Alice Walker, Rudolph P. Byrd

The Chicken Chronicles
Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, the Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoir

Alice Walker

Possessing the Secret of Joy
A Novel

Alice Walker