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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,297 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:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  •  “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula | 2/18/2014

    " An encouraging, short read about finding (and following) one's true self. Appreciated Palmer's honesty about his bouts with clinical depression, and how those experiences shaped him spiritually and vocationally. I wish this book would have been around when I was a young adult seeking "God's will for my life." Am grateful it was on the reading list for my college-aged son. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Astrid | 2/12/2014

    " This book had a lot of really wonderful thoughts about vocation, but for some reason, I felt a bit of a disconnect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 2/12/2014

    " Palmer could probably leave a little more room for God's sanctifying work in his appraisal of human weakness but still a helpful read for those wrestling with vocational angst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by The | 2/7/2014

    " If I could, I would give Palmer's book 10 stars. While the main tenet of this book is how to truly listen to your life's clues to discern your vocation, Palmer also embarks on the importance of community, leadership, and illustrates his vocational journey by including his walk through depression, which are all beautifully interconnected. I have never read such a clear description of (clinical) depression. I had to sit with this book, write down Palmer's words so that they landed deep within me, because I felt the truth far into my soul. I appreciated his use of metaphor as well. I think there are some wonderful words of wisdom, lovely imagery, beautiful poetry, and outstanding quotations from other authors that speaks directly to the heart. This book is much more than discussing how to find your vocation, it is a call to listen, to be, and to make the world a better place by being where your talents are best needed. "

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