Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

By Parker J. Palmer
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Directed by Judy Young

2.95 Hours 06/24/2009 unabridged
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In this honest and compelling meditation, Parker Palmer reflects upon vocation, spirit, and the life journey with a depth of insight that will touch anyone who yearns for an authentic way of standing and serving in the world. Finding one’s calling is not just about finding something we can do—it is about finding what we can’t not do. “Let your life speak” is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one’s life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Palmer explains, those words can also mean “listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is.” Vocation, he writes, comes not from external demands but from listening to the “true self,” a listening that will always call us into some form of service to others. As Palmer’s many readers know, his writing has always been grounded in his own life experience; here he speaks even more vulnerably of his own times of being lost in the dark—as well as moments of stumbling into the light—in his own quest for vocation. Though the details of his journey are singular, he draws from it that which is universal. The result is a moving and illuminating book for anyone who seeks not just a job but a calling and companionship along the way.

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Summary

Summary

In this honest and compelling meditation, Parker Palmer reflects upon vocation, spirit, and the life journey with a depth of insight that will touch anyone who yearns for an authentic way of standing and serving in the world. Finding one’s calling is not just about finding something we can do—it is about finding what we can’t not do. “Let your life speak” is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one’s life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Palmer explains, those words can also mean “listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is.” Vocation, he writes, comes not from external demands but from listening to the “true self,” a listening that will always call us into some form of service to others.

As Palmer’s many readers know, his writing has always been grounded in his own life experience; here he speaks even more vulnerably of his own times of being lost in the dark—as well as moments of stumbling into the light—in his own quest for vocation. Though the details of his journey are singular, he draws from it that which is universal. The result is a moving and illuminating book for anyone who seeks not just a job but a calling and companionship along the way.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

 “He deftly illustrates his point with examples from the lives of people he admires, such as Rosa Parks, Annie Dillard and Vaclav Havel. A quiet but memorable addition to the inspirational field, this book has the quality of a finely worked homily. The writing displays a gentle wisdom and economy of style that leaves the reader curious for more insight into the author’s Quaker philosophy.” Publishers Weekly
“An exuberant and passionate book. I was deeply moved and I cannot, nor do I want to, shake off the haunting questions that it raises for me. This book penetrates the soul, and it will definitely stir you to explore more of your own inner territory. What an extraordinary achievement.” Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and Encouraging the Heart; chairman, Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems
“Parker Palmer’s writing is like a high country stream—clear, vital, honest. If your life seems to be passing you by, and you cannot see the way ahead, immerse yourself in the wisdom of these pages and allow it to carry you toward a more attentive relationship with your deeper, inner self.” John S. Mogabgab, editor, Weavings Journal
“There are no how-to formulas in this extremely unpretentious and well-written book, just fireside wisdom from an elder who is willing to share his mistakes and stories as he learned to live a life worth speaking about.” Amazon.com

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Author Bio: Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal, senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education, and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute. In 1998, he was named one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers Let Your Life Speak and A Hidden Wholeness.

 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 2.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English