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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (566 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Parker J. Palmer Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455195374
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A Hidden Wholeness is a thoughtful and heartfelt examination of the sources and consequences of the alienation we feel when our inner and outer lives become divorced from each other, when external forces pressure us to depart from our soul’s true yearnings. The book lifts up the problem of the “divided life,” diagnoses its sources, assesses its personal and social costs, and offers a model of community that will help people live with greater integrity and wholeness.

As he did for vocation in Let Your Life Speak and for inner lives of teachers in The Courage to Teach, bestselling author and teacher Parker J. Palmer speaks to the heart of our yearning for integrity, authenticity, and wholeness in a fractured world. For over a decade, the principles and practices in this book have been proven on the ground—by parents and educators, clergy and politicians, community organizers and corporate executives, physicians and attorneys, and many others who seek to rejoin soul and role in their private and public lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Palmer (The Courage to Teach) seeks to help us ‘rejoin soul and role,’ so that individuals and communities can be healed from the ravages of consumerism, injustice and violence. No small task, yet in classic Palmer style, this mission is fleshed out with stories, poems, personal confessions and a plan…This book is a treasure—an inspiring, useful blueprint for building safe places where people can commit to ‘act in every situation in ways that honor the soul.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Living a life in which one’s private values and beliefs are disconnected from one’s public life creates tensions that extend beyond the self into the various communities one is part of. Palmer believes that through solitude and community, particularly through the use of a Quaker technique, the circle of trust, we can find our souls and strengthen our personal and work communities. Stefan Rudnicki draws the listener in with his quietly intense tone, which enhances the down-to-earth message of the book. He provides contrast in pace and tone between the descriptions of underlying principles and the anecdotes and passages of self-reflection.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 2/19/2014

    " It opened my heart to a new way of thinking. A very good book for me to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoffrey Smith | 2/13/2014

    " great book, however it's a tough read because it asks you to look at who you are and how that you interacts with reality. However there is plenty of practical advice that will allow you to take the essentially Quaker traditions of silence and bring them and as a consequence yourself into a newer and more meaningful alignment with reality and your inner self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Bertacchini Jones | 2/12/2014

    " living a genuine life takes work...but it is WORTH IT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/12/2014

    " Honestly, I found this book about connecting with your inner soul to be kind of weird. The concept itself was good but it seemed very drawn out and I found myself reading it simply for the sake of finishing it. If you wanted to lead a "circle of trust" group which allows you to discover your soul through community it is a good 'how to' book complete with a chapter guide in the back of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Zhang | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent! A wonderful call to arms (or... more rightly, action) for those who crave more purpose in the daily grind of professions that we once chose for nobler, loftier reasons! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/19/2014

    " This book reminded me of the importance in asking other people open, honest questions - questions that I couldn't possibly have an answer. Examples from Mr. Palmer: "Have you ever had an experience that felt like your current dilemma?" or "Did you learn anything from that prior experience that feels useful to you right now?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisanigro | 1/10/2014

    " Loved Loved Loved this book. Just found it again so excited to delve in again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/10/2014

    " Facinating and difficult stuff to achieve, but worth the effort. The one thing Palmer doesn't address is what you do with the rest of the world that is content to live a divided life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hil F | 12/19/2013

    " If you are ever unsure about what you do or what you should be doing this is the read for you. Especially for teachers, Parker Palmer is so inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 11/23/2013

    " In our multi-tasking world, Palmer invites us to welcome the Soul back into our lives. He offers insights as to how to live our lives authentically, aligning our private and public worlds. Palmer's compassion is evident throughout as he encourages readers to live a life "divided no more." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daraqw | 11/16/2013

    " Very well-written book about reconciling one's place/effect on the world and the world's effect on self. I plan on reading other books by this fellow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 11/11/2013

    " Parker Palmer is my favorite Quaker. He is the only Quaker I know; nevertheless, he is still amazingly insightful in his writing. If your into raising your self-awareness this is a great book to start with in my humble opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/6/2013

    " Interesting perspective on the power of dialogue in small groups. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannine | 11/2/2013

    " Amazing book! I've been reading mostly from the library, but this is on my "to buy" list now, so I can read it over and over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 8/23/2013

    " What Palmer says in this book about our "divided life" and not living out of our true selves is absolutely true and right on target, but his suggested approach for dealing with/correcting it is something that won't connect with many personalities, and especially a lot of men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olive Chan | 6/8/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. Parker Palmer does an excellent job of painting a picture of what safe communities of people look like and how they help individuals toward living an undivided life of integrity. Recommended for anyone who leads any sort of group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aCertainMan | 10/1/2012

    " I was riveted for the first third of the book. I was not as excited about the "circle of trust" solution Palmer proposes, but I'm sure it works for many people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Johnson | 7/15/2012

    " This book is one of my top recommendations to friends and clients. I refer to this book in my Wheel of Initiation, particularly for those who are considering joining a group. Every book he has put out is worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrie | 2/5/2012

    " A great before bed read. Very thoughtful as to creating supportive groups for problem solving, discernment, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 7/28/2011

    " Parker Palmer never ceases to amaze me. For anyone who is searching... this is a must. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Delarge | 5/30/2011

    " Very influential in introducing me to Parker Palmer and Quaker thought. I keep this on my iPod and listen to again and again from time to time. Palmer is a thoughtful, wise and insightful mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 1/17/2011

    " My powerful Artist's Way group from last winter will work our way through the chapters of Hidden Wholeness - and then it will be spring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 10/19/2010

    " It opened my heart to a new way of thinking. A very good book for me to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 10/2/2010

    " Only a five because "6" isn't an option. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rainbowgardener | 9/27/2010

    " Very clear thoughtful work on how we can help each other on our spiritual journeys. Nice for therapists also on the power of non-judgmental, attentive listening, creating an open and accepting space for people to do their own work without needing to "fix" them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrie | 3/29/2010

    " A great before bed read. Very thoughtful as to creating supportive groups for problem solving, discernment, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/23/2010

    " Very influential in introducing me to Parker Palmer and Quaker thought. I keep this on my iPod and listen to again and again from time to time. Palmer is a thoughtful, wise and insightful mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 12/30/2009

    " Parker Palmer strongly emphasizes the need for all of us to be silent and let our inner voices speak. This is a very difficult and delicate process to foster.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 7/16/2009

    " The BOH staff is reading through this over the next year. We are and we work with wounded people and this is just what we need to be discussing with each other. It's all about strengthening the soul through strong communities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olive | 7/4/2009

    " I absolutely loved this book. Parker Palmer does an excellent job of painting a picture of what safe communities of people look like and how they help individuals toward living an undivided life of integrity. Recommended for anyone who leads any sort of group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daraqw | 6/9/2009

    " Very well-written book about reconciling one's place/effect on the world and the world's effect on self. I plan on reading other books by this fellow. "

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