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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation Hardcover – September 10, 1999
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Thirty years later, Palmer now understands that learning to let his life speak means "living the life that wants to live in me." It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and shouldn't be so that we can better hear the call of our wild souls. There are no how-to formulas in this extremely unpretentious and well-written book, just fireside wisdom from an elder who is willing to share his mistakes and stories as he learned to live a life worth speaking about. --Gail Hudson
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Palmer is a well-known author in the area of vocational care and consideration. I first encountered Palmer's writing in another book, The Courage to Teach, as various of us explored the meanings of our vocations as educators in the fields of theology and ministry.
Palmer states at the outset in his Gratitudes (a wonderful substitution from the typical words Preface or Introduction) that these chapters have in various guises appeared before. However, they have been re-written to fit together as a complete and unified whole for the purpose of exploring vocation.
Chapter 1: Listening to Life, starts as an exploration through poetry and Palmer's own experience in vocation. What is one called to do? What is the source of vocation? Palmer states: `Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about -- quite apart from what I would like it to be about -- or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions.'
The very word vocation implies both voice and calling. Crucial to this understanding is that one must be present and attentive to hear that voice, that call.Read more ›
However, I like this book because it's very personal, yet without being preachy. Through reading Parker Palmer's own journey toward self-fulfillment, I have become inspired to examine my own path toward vocation. I think that finding one's calling in life is a very personal process, and following someone else's step-by-step plan can actually cause more harm than good.
In fact, I found myself reading as if I were conversing with a personal mentor. As a result I've become challenged to examine my own life in a way that a "how-to" book could never have provoked me to do. I plan to give this book as a holiday gift to a close friend who is facing a "midlife crisis." I think it will help him.
I came away from reading this book - the first time - with a peace about my life and how I have lived it. I better understand the lessons I have been taught and more faith about the path I am following. A whole lot for a little book to accomplish.
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This is a poignant book. I couldn't put it down. Profound insight into the areas of vocation and life purpose.Published 4 days ago by Spaeweller
This is one of my favorite books. I recommend it to everyone who really want to live the life that speaks to them. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tonya Cornileus
This book is a wonderful gift to give even to young adults as their adults lives are beginningPublished 17 days ago by Heather E. Klason
This book helped me change my perspective on more than one core concept, and after 65 years of twists and turns, that is not a small thing. Beautifully written Mr. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Terry J. Mara
This is a book you will want to take your time to read. It is well written, but you will need time to reflect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MAD Reader
Great book. I had to order it for a class, but i really enjoyed it. It gets you thinking about the life course that you are on and gives you new perspectives on how to look at your... Read morePublished 1 month ago by brayk
A must read for younger generations pondering their futures. A must read for older generations who have traveled far yet still search for their truest life's work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keith Wallace