Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation / Edition 1

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation / Edition 1

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by Parker J. Palmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787947350

ISBN-13: 9780787947354

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: Wiley

"Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?" With this searching question, Parker Palmer begins an insightful and moving meditation on finding one's true calling. Let Your Life Speak is an openhearted gift to anyone who seeks to live authentically.The book's title is a time-honored Quaker admonition, usually taken to mean "Let the

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"Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?" With this searching question, Parker Palmer begins an insightful and moving meditation on finding one's true calling. Let Your Life Speak is an openhearted gift to anyone who seeks to live authentically.The book's title is a time-honored Quaker admonition, usually taken to mean "Let the highest truths and values guide everything you do." But Palmer reinterprets those words, drawing on his own search for selfhood. "Before you tell your life what you intAnd to do with it," he writes, "listen for what it intAnds to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."Vocation does not come from willfulness, no matter how noble one's intentions. It comes from listening to and accepting "true self" with its limits as well as its potentials. Sharing stories of frailty and strength, of darkness and light, Palmer shows that vocation is not a goal to be achieved but a gift to be received.As we live more deeply into the selfhood that is our birthright gift, we find not only personal fulfillment. We find communion with others and ways of serving the world's deepest needs.A Compassionate and Compelling Meditation on Discovering Your Path in LifeWith wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives."Parker Palmer's writing is like a high country stream-clear, vital, honest. If your life seems to be passing you by, or you cannot see the way ahead, immerse yourself in the wisdom of these pages and allow it

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787947354
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
41,228
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Gratitudes vii

I. Listening to Life 1

II. Now I Become Myself 9

III. When Way Closes 37

IV. All the Way Down 56

V. Leading from Within 73

VI. There Is a Season 95

Notes 111

The Author 115

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Let Your Life Speak 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most powerful books I have ever read. Highly recommended for anyone interested in vocation and living a full life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Small but powerful
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a religious educator who often works with adults, I find that the biggest spiritual and personal crises these days often revolve around jobs and careers. People are asking: If I have a great job, why am I so burned out? -- and, What kind of work would be best for me? These are precisely the question Palmer addresses in his book. In my experience, all kinds of people have found this book helpful, from retired people to construction workers to business executives and professionals (I've read it twice myself). It's short, to-the-point, and easy to read. But most importantly, Palmer offers some real help to anyone who's trying to figure the whole job and career issue. I think every high school graduate should get a copy of this book. Yes, it's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Floundering, I was. Seeking Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church and going through the necessary interviews and screenings associated with a long and hard process, this book pops up when I searched Barnes and Noble for titles containing "Vocation". The book had so many important insights for me, personally. I settled down with the courage of my convictions that this was the right path. By the way, I made it through the process and I'm now an Episcopal priest.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Palmer's book has become a classic for good reason. Though some feel it is too autobiographical, the lessons he draws from his own journey and his skill in drawing meaning he elicits from his life yields one profound quote after another, and there lies the book's translatability for an engaged reader. It is quite easy to relate Palmer's insights generally, as he has a knack for finding what is universal in life situations.
Lindy27 More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. I forced myself to read this book to its conclusion and I found it to be a man's struggle with his depression and bad choices in life. My expectations of the book, from reading other reviews and the book jacket, was that it would guide me along the road of finding my own personal vocation through reading another person's journey. At the book's conclusion I felt that it was such a waste of my time. I feel the book is being misrepresented as a vocation guide. It is more of an autobiography and not a well written one.
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A few interesting to mildly compelling points, but overall more of an autobiography than a help.
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