Your Personal Renaissance: 12 Steps to Finding Your Life's True Calling

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We’ve all asked ourselves, “What should I do with my life?” “Where am I going?” “Is this what I really want?” Whether you’re graduating, changing careers, getting divorced, retiring, or just confused about what’s next, Your Personal Renaissance will help you find your calling. Combining the lost wisdom of the Renaissance with groundbreaking research in positive psychology, this book approaches a calling in its original definition-not just a job, but a joyous, meaningful life. The book features an innovative ...

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Overview

We’ve all asked ourselves, “What should I do with my life?” “Where am I going?” “Is this what I really want?” Whether you’re graduating, changing careers, getting divorced, retiring, or just confused about what’s next, Your Personal Renaissance will help you find your calling. Combining the lost wisdom of the Renaissance with groundbreaking research in positive psychology, this book approaches a calling in its original definition-not just a job, but a joyous, meaningful life. The book features an innovative program of contemplative steps (Discovery, Detachment, Discernment, and Direction) and practices that help readers combat overscheduling, stress, and depression-and change their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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Boston Globe, 6/1/08
“While initially I thought it might be just a tad forced to put the Renaissance together with self-help, this wise little book soon changed my mind… The book's message is bolstered with empowering success stories about Renaissance figures like da Vinci, Galileo, and Giotto. ‘Renaissance’ means ‘rebirth,’ and when you think of it, what could be a more perfect metaphor for transformation?”

San Jose Mercury News
“For those direction-less souls among us [Dreher] has some answers…A book for those who strive to make their life a work of art”

Suite101.com
“Dreher lays out an orderly, well presented plan for moving to a life based on purpose…Following Your Personal Renaissance will require dedication, discipline, and a willingness to explore your inner thoughts and beliefs. Success at building life around purpose is well worth it.”

Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 2009-2010
“Dreher provides a powerful antidote to the get happy quick style of all too many self-help books…[A] well-written collection of practical and inspiring advice…Intentional career changers, people responding to changes in the economy and employment opportunity, and career professionals will all find this book profoundly valuable.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600940019
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 811,411
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Dreher, Ph.D., is the author of the bestselling The Tao of Inner Peace. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: The Sense of Calling: Creating Your Personal Renaissance     1
The Discernment Journey: Renaissance Wisdom for Your Life Today
Discovery: Realizing Your Joys and Talents     17
Detachment: Clearing the Path Within     39
Discernment: Embracing Your Values, Living with Heart     59
Direction: Turning Your Ideals into Action     75
Making the Renaissance Practices Work for You
Faith: Trusting Your Life and Your World     97
Daily Examen: Staying on Course with Your Dreams     115
Renaissance Community: Gaining Support from Mentors and Friends     129
Contemplation: Finding Your Inner Oasis of Peace     147
Creativity: Making Your Life a Work of Art     165
Reading and Reflection: Exploring New Worlds Within and Around You     183
Physical Exercise: Building Strength and Wisdom     199
Discipline and Dedication: Bringing Your Dreams to Life     215
Notes and Resources     233
Permissions     259
Index     261
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    Helpful, Hopeful Gem!

    I loved this book! Your Personal Renaissance supports an integral process of finding or refining clarity about what we want to do with our unique talents. Diane Dreher, the author of bestsellers such as The Tao of Personal Leadership and Inner Gardening has a knack for revealing her supportive heart in every word¿encouragement and inspiration jump off the pages. Based on a combination of leading-edge research, practical steps for self-growth, and engaging stories about human creative capacity, the book provides guidance for culling out what really matters. It¿s perfect for recent college graduates and those of any age who wish to re-think their careers or dive more deeply into new creative ventures. Dreher supports each of the Renaissance practices she discusses with current research from neuroscience, positive psychology, and vocation development. The reader moves through the practices in this order: Faith, Examen, Community, Contemplation, creativity, Reading and Reflection, Exercise, Discipline and Dedication, always with an eye on what motivates and fulfills. Dreher¿s love 'and extensive research of over one hundred artists, scientists, scholars, etc. from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment' of interesting, creative people captivates the reader with the engaging narratives sprinkled about in each chapter. Who knew John Locke studied medicine, tried diplomacy, and was urged by friends to become a minister? If Locke had chosen any one of these paths, the Enlightenment may not have been so enlightening. But following ¿his calling to help people gain greater understanding,¿ Locke became a philosopher¿not the expected choice, and probably the most unpopular choice, but the one he wanted¿lucky for anyone interested in democracy. Most of Dreher¿s stories about multi-talented people of the past contain surprising facts ¿so the book serves as an interesting history lesson, as well as an intelligent self-help guide. Dreher shows us how our personal choices contribute to the greater good. Here again, she uses interesting examples to highlight the importance of deeply listening to our inner nudges no matter where they may lead us, not only for our own gain, but for the world¿s benefit, as well. A central message of the book is: Contribution to the greater whole magnifies the meaning of our lives. Perhaps that¿s key to understanding the purpose of one¿s life purpose? Dreher tell us St. Teresa of Avila ¿reminded people `to take care that they do not hide their talent for it may be that God has chosen them to be the edification of many others, especially in these days.¿¿ ¿Being the edification to many others¿ usually isn¿t the central thought most of wake up with in the morning. This book allows us to take time to contemplate, recognize, and act upon our central part within the larger scheme of things¿ not from a place of narcissism, but from an authentic intention to contribute. At the end of each chapter, the reader finds several appropriate do-able activities for practicing the chapter concepts. As the reader makes progress, Dreher is there along the way with congratulations and affirmations. She applauds each step, because right up front in the Introduction she lets us know ¿one powerful secret¿: ¿Small actions over time produce monumental results.¿ She knows and practices this secret well. Throughout Your Personal Renaissance mentor extraordinaire, Diane Dreher shows us that it¿s our day to day choices, those seemingly ¿little things¿, that over time combine to bring about important positive changes¿ whether putting together a plan for improved personal health or launching a new career¿taking our next necessary step is what a dynamic self-growth process is all about¿the surest way to a personal Renaissance¿and a hopeful direction for society, as well.

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