Let Your Life Speak : Listening for the Voice of Vocation Hardback
Part of the A Jossey Bass title series
With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J.
Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose.
Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
- Publication Date: 10/09/1999
- Category: Christian life & practice
- ISBN: 9780787947354
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Review by kaulsu
It was quite a treat to re-read this Quaker classic for the 2012 QPCC coming in a few weeks. I first read this book right before I entered seminary and it's ideas of calling angpd gifts were new to me. Although I was familiar with Merton and Rilke and Dillard, Frederick Buechner was new. I found his often quoted definition of vocation, "the place where your deep gladness meets the world's greatest need" to resonate within me even to today. If you have not yet read this slim volume, I think you will find something of value within its pages.
Review by ctoll
Palmer writes about his own decisions regarding career and vocation and in the process helps readers to think about what matters in their lives. There is also a chapter in which Parker writes about his own pyschological depressions and the insights he gained from them regarding the need to honor one's shadow self. This book influenced my thinking about my own career choices; I have given copies to several friends who were seeking to find their way in life.
Review by daletadlock
With wisdom, compassion and gentl humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.
Review by FlyingBarney
A very different way of looking into one's vocation. An awesome timeless read.
Review by jpsnow
Certain books prove that it takes depth of experience and a lot of contemplation in order to be both profound and concise. Parker Palmer is one such case. If his experiences haven't been as harrowing as Frankl's or as isolated as Merton's, they are in some ways more directly relevant to the modern experience of career's as a quest for fulfillment. Palmer has been an academic, a social worker, a teacher, and a writer, not to mention what can only be described as a Quaker-monastic. The summary sentence is: "Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be." The full work is elegant, and every chapter will give you a thought that merits reflection. I recommend it.
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