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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Moore Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781455188451
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Bestselling author and internationally known lecturer Thomas Moore finds people everywhere he goes who express unhappiness with their work lives and ask, “Why am I doing what I’m doing?” In A Life at Work, Moore takes listeners through the transformative process of discovering their deepest purpose in life.

In exploring the strong desire in all of us to feel fulfilled by our work, Moore offers no charts or questionnaires but rather a personal, contemplative guide to traversing obstacles such as inflated egos, despair, and fear that prevent us from finding purpose in our careers. He also shares the struggles of great thinkers and artists who grappled with uncertainty before finding their calling. For those who feel dissatisfied and question the path they’ve chosen, this poignant, practical work will help them discover new answers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Over the years, Thomas Moore has taught us how to discover the holiness concealed in the ordinary. In this very useful book, he shows us how to search for the sacred dimension of our work and find our life’s meaning in the process.”

    Harold Kushner, New York Times bestselling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

  • “Bestselling spiritual guru Moore (Care of the Soul) says that finding the right work, finding one’s vocation, is also part of the care of the soul…this will be of use to many people who seek joyful work and integrated lives.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lloyd James is a serious and objective narrator who puts the material center stage…He lays out the text in a manner that is as straightforward and no-nonsense as its message.”

    AudioFile

  • “Readers will respond to his consistent warmth.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Squires | 2/17/2014

    " A must read for anyone trying to figure out what to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Giddings | 2/7/2014

    " The most readable of Thomas Moore's books I have read so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Pletz | 1/27/2014

    " Moore has held any number of work titles throughout his life, but the two that seem to have the most influence are "monk" and "psychotherapist." I don't know if it's my age or the point I'm at in my search for what I lovingly refer to as "a real job," but Moore has articulated so many of the things that I've been considering for the last 2 or 3 years, that I really feel validated in my thinking. As long as the basic needs are covered (and let's redefine those, please), it really isn't all about the money - it's about being useful and effective and worthy of serving others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 1/23/2014

    " Not sure that this book offers anything profound. I like Thomas Moore, but have not really been moved by anything in this book. Could be because I'm listening to it rather than reading... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/17/2014

    " I didn't finish this book. It wasn't because I didn't enjoy it or find it helpful, I just have been in a reading slump for a while. Getting back on here I hope will inspire me to get back to my reading!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/17/2014

    " Everyone should read this. We all need to know our daimons from our demons and this little book can show you how to begin... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/13/2014

    " I'd already read one of Thomas Moore's books before reading this one. I think this book would've been the better book to start with. Although it focuses on work--both in the sense of your daily job and of your life's Work--it also covers topics Moore probably makes in all his books. There was a bit on the soul, on the spirit, on love and sex, on being open to experience and to foolishness. Since this is a skinny book, he doesn't go into any of these topics all that deeply, making it a good introduction. But if you've read his other books, you suspect there isn't much new here except for how to apply all this to work. So I'd say this was enjoyable, but not a must-read even if you're a fan of Moore's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/13/2014

    " Easier to digest (for me) than Care of the Soul; practical and spiritual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L. Neil Thrussell | 1/10/2014

    " I loved the description of "Duende".. Living our passion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/2/2014

    " I like this kind of thought-provoking stuff about the psychology of our motivations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Anest | 12/27/2013

    " A fairly mystical take on how to find meaning in work. Though I didn't read the whole book and can't speak conclusively, I won't be recommending this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 nogaboga | 12/21/2013

    " I didn't realize this was a self-help book. It was handed to me with a strong recommendation or I never would have even opened it. Well, sadly, I still really don't like self-help books, and this one was no exception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Walters | 12/19/2013

    " Another great book by Thomas Moore, this one on the importance of discovering work that you can be passionate about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/10/2013

    " My husband and I are listening to this book on CD. It gives an excellent spiritual perspective on our work. This book is bringing us peace with regard to our professional lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/3/2013

    " This book is not an easy read, but one you read a chapter or two and then work it out in your mind for a while--much like the alchemist process he uses as a foundation for the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 8/3/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book about finding your 'life work'. There are numerous prompts for deeper thinking about what you are doing, what you think you'd like to do, and how everything you do ties together in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Idiosyncratic | 11/25/2012

    " I suspect that, in order to enjoy this book, you'd need to be an intuitive, rather than a sensing type. A fondness for Jung would probably also help this book seem more meaningful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 8/11/2011

    " Talks extensively about the labels for the qualities that a satisfying and fulfilling job would have, but gives little help in getting there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Rothnie | 5/16/2011

    " Moore's great; easy to read and wise. This book will not tell you how to update your resume, or crush that interview. It will provide at least a framework for thinking about work, your work, and how to shape your life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 11/24/2010

    " Not as good as his other book I read - The Dark Night of the Soul. Interesting but not particularly helpful for me personally to be honest. It is well written but the content was vague and not what you think it is from the title. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dc | 8/23/2008

    " There were some good things about this book- but it was mostly depressing. Especially if your a person like me who hops from one soul sucking job to another to pay bills. Its just a recap of how much my life sucks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randall | 8/18/2008

    " I thought you had to wade through a lot of psycho-spiritual talk to get to the point. But the book has some good points about working to discern call in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 3/25/2008

    " Loved this book. Want to read everything he wrote. Inspiring to read and a pleasure as well - he's a good writer. Really spoke to me. "

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About the Author

Thomas Moore is the author of more than ten books, including Care of the Soul, which spent forty-six weeks on the bestseller list. He is a leading writer and lecturer throughout North America and Europe on archetypal psychology, mythology, and imagination. He lived as a Catholic monk for twelve years and has degrees in theology, musicology, and philosophy.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.