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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Pipher Narrator: Kymberly Dakin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing chronicle of discovery.”


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

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Selected for the April 2009 Indie Next List

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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