A Whole Life's Work and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$0.01
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by thrift_books
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has appearance of light use with no easily noticeable wear. Millions of satisfied customers and climbing. Thriftbooks is the name you can trust, guaranteed. Spend Less. Read More.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

A Whole Life's Work: Living Passionately, Growing Spiritually Hardcover – February 24, 2004


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$2.69 $0.01
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; First Edition edition (February 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743451309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743451307
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Buddhist teacher and author Richmond (Healing Lazarus) accomplishes a marvelous feat with this outstanding book on life and work. More than helping readers find their calling or pursue more spiritually fulfilling employment, this is a book that shifts and broadens the meaning of a life's work. Lewis helps readers see the importance of daily acts that do not earn income but certainly advance that most powerful of human ambitions-to reach spiritual maturity, to wake up, to become Buddha. Lewis calls this process of awakening "The Consciousness Project" and shows how raising children, making friends, pursuing careers, going fishing and climbing mountains are all equally valuable aspects of a life's work. He clarifies the "modes of work" into eight categories (earner, hobbyist, creator, monk, helper, parent, learner and elder) and devotes an extensive chapter to each. Richmond argues that we all possess numerous archetypes at any given moment. For instance, we may earn money as a teacher (helper, earner), but when we face unexpected unemployment and pursue a year of self-discovery, we become the monk and the learner. Likewise, when we go on a solo hiking trip, we embody the hobbyist as well as the monk. Each mode offers opportunities for spiritual growth-the earner might learn how to "carry the burden lightly" and the helper may need to learn the art of tough love, for example. A book structure like this runs the risk of becoming confining rather than offering clarity and enlightenment but, fortunately, Lewis offers us his finest "elder" mode. He is an experienced teacher who shares his wisdom with generosity and integrity.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

Publishers Weekly, starred review ...Richmond accomplishes a marvelous feat with this outstanding book on life and work....[He] is an experienced teacher who shares his wisdom with generosity and integrity. -- Review

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Mistal on August 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A Whole Life's Work redefines "work" to mean anything we do with our time that helps to make the world a better place. Whether we are earner, hobbyist, creator, helper, learner, parent, elder, etc, all of these roles allow us to contribute to the greater good through our "work."

As a career coach, I recommend this book to all of my clients so they can see work as a powerful means to not only personal fulfillment but the betterment of humanity.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William D. Tompkins on February 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
A spirtual guide life. I didnt really see major difference about this book than with others, but I do have to say that it is a easygoing approach for life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

I am Lewis Richmond, Buddhist teacher and author of four books, including the national bestseller WORK AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (1999) which was re-issued as an e-book in June, 2011. My latest book, Aging As A Spiritual Practice, was published by Gotham Books in January, 2012.

My home website is WWW.LEWISRICHMOND.COM

My home Buddhist meditation group is in Mill Valley/Tiburon, CA and is called The Vimala Sangha (http://www.VimalaSangha.org). I also teach workshops through the San Francisco Bay area. You can find me on face book at

http://www.facebook.com/lewisrichmondauthor

I blog on the Huffington Post at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lewis-richmond