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A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life / Edition 1

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life / Edition 1

by Parker J. Palmer


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ISBN-13: 9780470453766
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 115,506
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Parker J. Palmer is a highly respected writer, lecturer,teacher, and activist. His work speaks deeply to people from manywalks of life, including public schools, college and universities,religious institutions, corporations, foundations, and grass-rootsorganizations. The Leadership Project, a 1998 survey of 10,000American educators, named him one of the thirty most influentialsenior leaders in higher education and one of ten key"agenda-setters" of the past decade. Author of six previousbooks–including the bestsellers Let Your Life Speakand The Courage to Teach–his writing has beenrecognized with eight honorary doctorates and several nationalawards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California atBerkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Gratitudes vii

Prelude: The Blizzard of the World 1

I Images of Integrity: Living "Divided No More" 3

II Across the Great Divide: Rejoining Soul and Role13

III Explorations in True Self: Intimations of the Soul31

IV Being Alone Together: A Community of Solitudes 51

V Preparing for the Journey: Creating Circles of Trust71

VI The Truth Told Slant: The Power of Metaphor 89

VII Deep Speaks to Deep: Learning to Speak and Listen113

VIII Living the Questions: Experiments with Truth 129

IX On Laughter and Silence: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows151

X The Third Way: Nonviolence in Everyday Life 167

Notes 187

The Author 197

Index 199

BRINGING THE BOOK TO LIFE: A Reader’s and Group Leader'sGuide to Exploring the Themes in A Hidden Wholeness CarylHurtig Casbon and Sally Z. Hare 207

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Hidden Wholeness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In A HIDDEN WHOLENESS, the highly respected writer, lecturer, teacher and activist, Parker J. Palmer describes the creation of a 'circle of trust'--a specific kind of community that welcomes the soul and helps those involved to hear its voice. Over the last several years, Palmer and his colleagues at the Center for Courage and Renewal have forged, tested, and re-worked the practices and principles of creating such circles. This book reflects both Palmer's own transformation from living a divided life to finding the courage to live 'divided no more.' He reflects on his own and others experience as they have moved into circles of trust to live lives of deep integrity. 'Circles of Trust' are not easy things to create. Individuals, communities, or congregations looking for ways to work with long-standing problems of isolation, fear, and soul-forgetfulness will find reason for optimism in this writing, but readers looking for 'seven easy steps' will not find them here. Parker Palmer is a sharp and witty writer who invites the rest of us into a practice that is messy, countercultural, and deceptively complex. For those willing to take the journey, this book, like the circles of trust it speaks of, offers lessons on the power of trust and acceptance as 'soul and role' are reunited. --Dr. Jennifer L. Manlowe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book because it is required for a class. Basically, it's a description of a group process that can create a container, called a "circle of trust," which will allow participants to feel safe enough to speak their "truth." If you've no intention of doing this, there's little point in reading the book. The psychological understanding of what an absence of a sense of "wholeness" amounts to is overly simple. "Soul versus role" doesn't begin to convey the extraordinary complexity of the human psyche.
FirstGurv More than 1 year ago
This book touched me deeply and offered a blueprint to achieving a merge of role and soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago