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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Pipher Narrator: Kymberly Dakin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781423382881
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In Seeking Peace, bestselling author Mary Pipher turns her attention inward, and with her characteristic honesty, humility, and humanity, explores the lessons of her own life: as a daughter, a mother, a wife, a therapist, and a seeker. She spent her childhood in small towns in the Midwest, the bookworm daughter of a doctor mother and a restless, jack-of-all-trades father. Her parents were often absent, and she was the caretaker for her siblings. She built an identity around being a good sister and the family nurturer. As a grown woman, Pipher found joy and fulfillment as a mother, wife, and therapist, doing what she most enjoyed: learning about the world and helping others. But after the astonishing success of Reviving Ophelia, she found herself overwhelmed by the new demands on her time and attention. In 2002, Pipher experienced a meltdown. Her life on the road and in the public eye had taken its toll on her emotional, mental, and physical well-being. She felt fragile, isolated, and empty. Trying to find a quieter, more peaceful life that would carry her toward greater self-acceptance and joy, she began the hard work of slowing down, crafting a new identity, and discovering the inner tranquility she’d yearned for all her life. In this candid and moving telling of her own remarkable story, Pipher reveals truths about our very human search for happiness and love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing chronicle of discovery.”

    Booklist

  • “A generous book conceived and executed by a compassionate…mind.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Selected for the April 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joellen | 2/15/2014

    " I've been a fan of Mary's for a long time. I've read many memoirs but I don't think anyone has bared her soul to the degree that Mary has. As she pointed out, this is not only her story but all of our stories. The things I thought unique to me turn out to be universal to us all. Thanks Mary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/15/2014

    " I really liked this. Listened to it and may do so again. Details her journey quite a bit(going all the way back to her childhood and even giving lots of time to her parents and grandparents)but I still thought it was so well written and thought out. There is a lot here for one book. Definitely recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/8/2014

    " This is barely a book about Buddhism, so it wasn't what I expected, somehow, given the title. It's a book about Mary Pipher. She writes about her life and her family and her psychological makeup and her life. Only at the very end does she talk about meditation and seeking peace. But I was interested in her family, and in her psychological makeup, and she had me crying at the end, which is a good sign. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/29/2013

    " In this memoir I see so much of myself. It was rich with imagery and opportunity to learn. Mary writes in a very straightforward way and it's easy and enjoyable to immerse yourself in her journey. If you are struggling with an active professional life, I highly recommend this book as a call to the finer things in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/27/2013

    " At first I found the extended autobiographical section to be too much, but then I started to marvel at Pipher's memory: her incredibly detailed and well-organized reflection on her ancestry, childhood and early adulthood was rich and I found myself engaged in the details of even her grandparents' lives. Later, her account of her early exposure to Buddhism was very charming. A great read, well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Basinger | 12/22/2013

    " Not too serious but chalked full of wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/22/2013

    " This book spoke to me a lot. A woman who is an introvert, a writer, who becomes famous because of a book she wrote (Reviving Ophelia.) She goes on book tours and gives workshops for many years, but is unable to keep up, to please absolutely everyone she meets on the road. She finally crashes. This book is the story of how she came back. It also is her memoir, telling her life story. I liked a lot of it, and especially all the parts about what she did to nourish herself, which included slowing WAY down for a while, and meditation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/10/2013

    " Very enlightening story about Dr. Pipher's life. She is a native of Nebraska and spoke at the Indigo Bridge Bookstore last spring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Patterson | 11/2/2013

    " Amazing book. Very honest and real. Helped me see the light of my own "predicament" (those are my quotations, not hers). If you're looking for a bit of truth about your own situation in relation to your family, this might be the place for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcella | 3/21/2013

    " I found lots to think about and relate to in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 11/9/2011

    " As many of the other reviewers said, this book wasn't what I expected from the title. The description of her childhood, while interesting and well-written, went on for too long, and I wanted to read more about her adulthood. There were few mentions of her actual experiences with Buddhism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mcburke3 | 7/20/2011

    " A personal story of a remarkable woman. I found much to relate to and much that inspired me. I would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 7/8/2011

    " The introduction, prelude and last chapter are the best. I wish it was more like that, there were a half a dozen times I thought this woman was writing my life. Seriously. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth R | 12/3/2009

    " Really wonderful memoir by the author of "Reviving Ophelia". It's about what she did to bring herself back out of her depression as a result of her instant fame, which she was not prepared for. Very insightful and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maegan Blackwell | 8/21/2009

    " Interesting read by the author of "Reviving Ophelia". I enjoyed the peek into her background, the success story, the subsequent breakdown, which lead to a breakthrough. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/12/2009

    " Blah, blah, blah... "

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About the Author

Mary Pipher, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Reviving Ophelia. Awarded the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation, Pipher speaks across the country to families, mental health professionals, and educators. She has appeared on Today, 20/20, Charlie Rose, PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and NPR’s Fresh Air.

About the Narrator

Kymberly Dakin is a professional actress with over twenty years’ experience and has been a featured performer both on Broadway and in national tours. Kym has also played roles on The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and All My Children, and has appeared on PAX-TV’s It’s a Miracle and on PBS’ Math Monsters.