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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0787947354

Cover of Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation 00 (ISBN 978-0787947354)
ISBN13: 978-0787947354
ISBN10: 0787947350

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0787947354

Parker J. Palmer

ISBN13: 978-0787947354
ISBN10: 0787947350

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

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.

"Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?" With this searching question, Parker Palmer begins an insightful and moving meditation on finding one's true calling. Let Your Life Speak is an openhearted gift to anyone who seeks to live authentically.

The book's title is a time-honored Quaker admonition, usually taken to mean "Let the highest truths and values guide everything you do." But Palmer reinterprets those words, drawing on his own search for selfhood. "Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it," he writes, "listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."

Vocation does not come from willfulness, no matter how noble one's intentions. It comes from listening to and accepting "true self" with its limits as well as its potentials. Sharing stories of frailty and strength, of darkness and light, Palmer shows that vocation is not a goal to be achieved but a gift to be received.

As we live more deeply into the selfhood that is our birthright gift, we find not only personal fulfillment. We find communion with others and ways of serving the world's deepest needs.

Author Bio

Palmer, Parker J. : American Association for Higher Education / Fetzer Institute

Parker J. Palmer is senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute. In 1998, he was named one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education. Author of such widely praised books as The Courage to Teach and To Know As We Are Known, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Religious Society of FriAnds (Quaker) and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Gratitudes


Chapter I Listening to Life
Chapter II Now I Become Myself
Chapter III When Way Closes
Chapter IV All the Way Down
Chapter V Leading from Within
Chapter VI There Is a Season


Notes The Author

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