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Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life Paperback – September 8, 1998
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Gregg Levoy's lyrical pen – coupled with his caring heart – brings us this wonderfully gentle, accessible exploration of what it means to be "called. Read morePublished 4 days ago by j
Love this book. Uses lots of metaphors yet has concrete suggestions for finding your path.Published 2 months ago by PurpleLover
a brilliant book....author is an extraordinary
writer....he is a great storyteller and draws
from many faith traditions...
one of the best books i have ever read...
Levon writes beautifully but this subject is not his forte. Way too many quotes and new age thoughts confuse the subject at hand. How to find your calling? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer Whiddon
Gregg Levoy's Heart Centered Spirit and Creative Wisdom Will Ignite the Authentic You with Inspiration, Clarity and a Remembrance Of Our Soul's Desire!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was the reason my life and my career did a total 180° a couple of years ago.
Callings, as the subtitle indicates, is a book about finding your way to a life... Read more
Yes, the author definitely writes like a poet and that's part of what attracted me to this book - that and the sneak peek of what's inside. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shiva