Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer
April 2005, Jossey-Bass
A Journey of Questions: The Life and Work of Parker J. Palmer.
“THIS LIVE ENCOUNTER”.
Chapter One: Now I Become Myself.
Notions of Presence (Chip Wood).
Learning by Heart: An Ode to My Vocation as a Teacher (Marianne Novak Houston).
Insights on the Inner Life of Healers (Henry Emmons, M.D.).
Late Openings? (David J. Maitland).
What Sound Does the Soul Make? (Mary Rose O’Reilley).
Chapter Two: Be Not Afraid.
Thinking Ourselves Home: The Cultivation of Wisdom (Dawna Markova).
Because of My Not Knowing (Mark Nepo).
The Courage to Learn (Thomas F. Beech).
Learning from the Workplace: Professional Life as an Opportunity for Personal Growth (Jane Tompkins).
The True Professional (Margaret J. Wheatley).
MOVING THE HEART TO THE CENTER.
Chapter Three: Learning in Community.
Crossing the Great Divides: The Power of Radio to Connect People Across Boundaries (Jean Feraca).
Integrating Life and Thought: As Teacher, Student, Colleague, Friend (Bardwell Smith).
Wholeness in Science and Personal Life (Ian G. Barbour).
Living the Night into Day: A Response to Dark Times (Joel Elkes, M.D.).
Soul and Role, Politicians and Politics (W. Douglas Tanner Jr.).
Chapter Four: Opening Space for the Inner Life.
“How Can I Keep from Singing?”: Seeking the Wisdom of Sound (Shirley H. Showalter).
The Threads We Follow (Marcy Jackson and Rick Jackson).
The Lehrergarten: A Vision for Teacher Education (Sally Z. Hare).
The Inner and Outer Life in Medicine: Honoring Values, Relationships, and the Human Element in Physicians’ Lives (Paul Batalden, M.D. and David C. Leach, M.D.).
A Journey of the Heart: Seeking the Questions Worth Living (Douglas Orr).
TRUE SELF UNLEASHED.
Chapter Five: Leading from Within.
Turning Toward a New Leadership (Jay Casbon).
On Philanthropy and the Inner Life (Michael Lerner).
It Also Takes Courage to Lead (Russ S. Moxley).
If We Pay Attention (L. J. Rittenhouse).
Inspiring Communities of Caring and Conscience (David Dodson).
Chapter Six: Rescuing the Sacred.
Take This to Heart (Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi).
How Then Shall We Live? Suffering and Wonder in the New Commons (Sharon Daloz Parks).
On Beyond Revenge: Leadership for Peace (Diana Chapman Walsh).
A World Shaped by Choice (Peter M. Senge).
Parker J. Palmer Resources and Bibliography.
—Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings
"Anyone who has read Parker J. Palmer's books knows that he
evokes something significant from deep within every reader.
In Living the Questions, powerful and moving
testimonies of such evocations of spirit show us how Parker's
influence ripples out into the lives and work of many good
—Craig Dykstra, vice president, Lilly Endowment
"Attests to the pervasive infectiousness of Parker J. Palmer's
gentle touch, soulful honesty, and deep inquiry into the service of
authenticity and clarity. A collection of extraordinary and
extraordinarily moving explorations of the inner and outer
landscapes of our minds and hearts and world! There is much
wisdom here from authors who have shared so much of themselves and
their struggles, very much in the tradition of Palmer himself. Not
to be missed. A gift of pure passion and compassion."
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author, Coming to Our Senses
"In A Hidden Wholeness, Parker J. Palmer writes that in
refusing to move to the back of the bus Rosa Parks was choosing to
live divided no more. That’s the choice we made in the Civil
Rights movement. It was a good and right choice, as important now
as it was then. Living the Questions tells of others who
also walk toward wholeness."
—Georgia Representative John Lewis, coauthor, Walking with the Wind; recipient, Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize
"Living the Questions is an act of love. Sam M.
Intrator's clear passion for teachers and Parker J. Palmer's
willingness to share all of who he is invites the reader into the
very personal journey of a master teacher. The heartfelt
stories of those influenced by Parker capture the circularity of
teaching and learning; they are filled with soulful questioning,
paradoxical wonderings, and courageous explorations."
—Becky van der Bogert, superintendent, Winnetka Public Schools; editor, New Directions in School Leadership; coauthor, Making Sense as a School Leader
"A remarkable collection of essays that beautifully captures the
profound influence that Parker J. Palmer has had. Reading Living
the Questions is encouraging, a great reminder of one of
Parker’s favorite exhortations: ‘Be not
—Larry C. Spears, editor and coauthor, Practicing Servant Leadership; president and CEO, The Robert K. Greenleaf Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
"Prepare for a delectable conversation with poetic people, all
of whom have been profoundly influenced by Parker J. Palmer."
—Geoff Bellman, consultant; author, The Consultant’s Calling