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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (September 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609803700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609803707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stunning! Wonderful! Levoy writes like a poet. His material is both spiritual and practical.' Larry Dossey, author of Healing Words 'Callings can help you discover your true vocation - and help you hear the still small voice that calls you by name.' Sam Keen, author of Fire In the Belly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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How do we know if we're following our true callings? How do we sharpen our senses to cut through the distractions of everyday reality and hear the calls that are beckoning us?

is the first book to examine the many kinds of calls we receive and the great variety of channels through which they come to us. A calling may be to do something (change careers, go back to school, have a child) or to be something (more creative, less judgmental, more loving). While honoring a calling's essential mystery, this book also guides readers to ask and answer the fundamental questions that arise from any calling: How do we recognize it? How do we distinguish the true call from the siren song? How do we handle our resistance to a call? What happens when we say yes? What happens when we say no?

Drawing on the hard-won wisdom and powerful stories of people who have followed their own calls, Gregg Levoy shows us the many ways to translate a calling into action. In a style that is poetic, exuberant, and keenly insightful, he presents an illuminating and ultimately practical inquiry into how we listen and respond to our calls, whether at work or at home, in our relationships or in service. Callings is a compassionate guide to discovering your own callings and negotiating the tight passages to personal power and authenticity.


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I recommend this book to anyone who is stuck in life.
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I'll have to admit that I'm a fairly big reader of self-help books.
Robert F. Weir
This book will apply to you in some (probably many) ways.
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Hearing a call is a very difficult discernment process. Sometimes the call is clear, but the path is not. Sometimes the path is clear, but the desire is not. Gregg Levoy has done an exceptional job at being an in-print spiritual director for those seeking an entrance into the process of finding a true calling and a more authentic life.
What is right for me? and Where am I willing to be led? are the two essential questions -- Discernment requires that we ask these two questions continually and devotedly.
As Levoy says, 'people won't pursue their callings until the fear of doing so is finally exceeded by the pain of not doing so.' I have found this to be very true. It took a very long time to discern my call to the priesthood, and yet more time to decide that it is something I must do at all costs (and the costs have been heavy). Yet, I cannot imagine myself doing anything differently and being in any way fulfilled.
'The truest calls seem not only to keep coming back but also to make their way to us through many channels.'
Levoy integrates so much material here, from spiritual masters and the scriptural traditions of many religious faiths to modern psychology and artistic/cultural experts.
Perhaps the greatest chapter for me was that on 'Finding Clarity', in which Levoy says that 'there is such a thing as thinking too much about a calling.' As Emerson said, sometimes it is best to let the bird sing without trying to decipher the song. 'A calling is ultimately mysterious, and the process of discernment is always a bit of a guessing game.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Weir on June 11, 2000
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I'll have to admit that I'm a fairly big reader of self-help books. Many of the "to-do" lists in self-help books are useful, I found this book an internal to-do list. Instead of outward activities that many books ask you to partitipate in to make progress, this author advises looking to your most inner thoughts, your dreams, your conscience, in order to find what you really want out of life. It works. Listen to your quiet moments, pay more attention to your third sense and record the things that occur in your dreams. There is a direct relationship between all of these thoughts and the things that will make you happiest. Interesting thought in the book ... "What did you want to do when you were seven?" Think about it and the level of satisfaction you are getting our of life now.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2001
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This book is geared for anyone who is doing what life tells them to do..and still doesn't feel right. It reminds us to not ignore that subtle voice that will not leave us when we are not doing what the universe wants us to be doing. It reminds us that our intuition is there to help us find our path in life and that if we ignore the messages we will have a significant price to pay. Having been in the wrong career for 11 years, this book has inspired me to not only quit my job, but to follow that intuitive voice that has been hounding me for years. This book is perfect for anyone who "knows" that something needs to change in their life. I also will be throwing out a multitude of similar books that can't even touch the level of material in this book. Don't even hesitate to buy this one!! And no, I don't know the author and have never written a book review before.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Churchwell (neurogirl7@aol.com) on October 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book a year ago and could not put it down. Reading it is like stepping into a dynamic conversation, with others who have struggled to find a genuine life, and with the deepest parts of oneself. It demands a response, a shift in focus. By the time I had finished, the margins of every page were filled with my own affirmations and exclamations of joy. I wrote a note in the front, sent it to a friend, and his experience was similar. Now he has written a note in the front, and has given it to the first of five friends waiting in line for it. I imagine this original volume in five years, tattered but brimming and alive with not just the voices that Levoy documents so lovingly, but also with the whispers, tears, and HALLELUJAHS of this widening circle of readers. Needless to say, I have sent new copies to countless others, and I'm here on line today to buy another copy for myself. It is a once-in-a-lifetime book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1999
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I have a veritable library at home of self help and right livelihood titles. After reading this book, I am ready to sell all other titles to the half-price book store, and replace them on my shelf with this one. The author writes some of the most elegant prose I've read anywhere, coupled with unparalelled insights and illuminating examples. Believe me, I wouldn't even write a review unless I were so compelled!
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
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Levoy is a talented, beautiful writer and his concept of "callings" is a powerful way to make us all think about how to make our lives meaningful, and how to listen to that inner voice that our society is so good at training us to tune out.
However, the concept wears thin after about 100 pages. It gets repetitive. By the end of the book I felt like I feel after I've eaten too much chocolate. A little less would have been just as good.
Some of his examples get pretty new-agey, which is a shame since I think you can find your inner voice, listen and respond to your callings without having to go meditate in some desert or adopt a belief system that seems a bit "out there." His message is compelling enough that I'd hate to see it lost on people who aren't as inclined as he is toward the ethereal.
Still, compelling food for thought and a good way to kick yourself in the pants if you're feeling "stuck" and knowing there most be more to life than this.
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