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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation



Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Parker J. Palmer

ISBN: 978-1-119-17794-4 June 2015 Jossey-Bass 128 Pages


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.

Gratitudes vii

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

Notes 111

The Author 115

"Parker Palmer's writing is like a high country stream-clear,vital, honest. If your life seems to be passing you by, or youcannot see the way ahead, immerse yourself in the wisdom of thesepages and allow it to carry you toward a more attentiverelationship with your deeper, truer self." (John S. Mogabgab,editor, Weavings Journal)

"An exuberant and passionate book. I was deeply moved and I cannot,nor do I want to, shake off the haunting questions that it raisesfor me. This book penetrates the soul, and it will definitely stiryou to explore more of your own inner territory. What anextraordinary achievement." (Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The LeadershipChallenge and Encouraging the Heart; chairman, Tom PetersGroup/Learning Systems)

"At a time when our culture is seeking a new language forexpressing the spirit in everyday life, Parker Palmer is ourleading voice of clarity and wisdom. In Let Your Life Speak, Palmercontinues to deepen our ways of understanding the relationshipsbetween 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 thestarting point and deserves a prominent place in every home,school, and college. It is vintage Parker Palmer, providing hisunique insight to the interconnectedness of selfhood and vocationwith eloquence and personal experience." (Doug Orr, president,Warren Wilson College)