Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
September 1999, Jossey-Bass
I. Listening to Life 1
II. Now I Become Myself 9
III. When Way Closes 37
IV. All the Way Down 56
V. Leading from Within 73
VI. There Is a Season 95
The Author 115
"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)
"At a time when our culture is seeking a new language for expressing the spirit in everyday life, Parker Palmer is our leading voice of clarity and wisdom. In Let Your Life Speak, Palmer continues to deepen our ways of understanding the relationships between the inner life of spirit and the outer life of action." (Rob Lehman, president, The Fetzer Institute)
"In our search for authentic vocation, this book should be the starting point and deserves a prominent place in every home, school, and college. It is vintage Parker Palmer, providing his unique insight to the interconnectedness of selfhood and vocation with eloquence and personal experience." (Doug Orr, president, Warren Wilson College)
Acclaimed author Parker J. Palmer reveals the same compassionate intelligence that shaped his best-selling books A Hidden Wholeness and The Courage to Teach in LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK: Listening to the Voice of Vocation (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; Sept 1999; $18.95; Hardcover; ISBN: 978-0-7879-4735-4). With both power and wit, he identifies our yearning to live undivided lives—lives that are congruent with our inner truth—in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation. For over a decade, the principle and practices in this book have been proven on the ground—by parents and educators, clergy and politicians, community organizers and corporate executives, physicians and attorneys, and many others who seek to find their true calling by listening to the voice within.
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. LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK weaves together themes Palmer has pursued for over forty years with a depth of insight that will touch anyone who yearns for an authentic way of standing and serving in the world.