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A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life Paperback – June 2, 2009
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"A Hidden Wholeness" addressed many questions for me including:
What happens when the person that I have become, shaped by my work experiences, faces decisions that have to be made... decisions that I know will feel 'bad' or 'wrong' because they threaten my integrity?
What happens when I find myself part of an organization or profession that has evolved and changed in ways that are troubling?
What happens when I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place and can't see clearly where to go?
What happens when advice from others and self-help books are of little or no value?
Palmer shows how we can support one another in today's busy and often impersonal world by creating a unique and very special kind of community. The ideas presented in this book are well grounded and applicable to all.
This is an important book for all individuals who are concerned about or troubled by the divisions that exist in the lives we lead. Spending a few quiet hours with Parker Palmer's new book, "A Hidden Wholeness", may just change your mind about what is possible... and this book is one that you will want to pass on and share!
Almost everyone lives the divided life. (I suspect the Dalai Lama does not). As Palmer notes, sometimes we have to -- this is a choice we sometimes must choose to make. One of the reasons I love this book so is that Palmer does not have rigid judgmental expectations of us (we probably are harsh enough on ourselves). He offers guidelines and explanations for the human condition, and some help on getting through.
Parker Palmer takes a long time Quaker practice -- the Clearness Committee - and uses it to provide for everyone a Circle of Trust. This mutual support network is unusual -- it isn't an advisory committee but more support for listening to that inner voice which we may joke about, but which exists (you know, the one you should have listened to, that nagging feeling, that annoying little warning sign).
One thing that makes us crazy is the denial of that inner voice, our true self, the divided side of self that knows the questionable aspects of our work life, the one we hush up so we can get by and make a living. This isn't just a teacher's issue or a spiritual issue. For some it may be a spiritual divide; for others, a more humanistic one. In any case, we become emotionally, mentally and otherwise unbalanced if our day to day movements and choices feel separate from -- or in conflict with -- our beliefs and values, and yet we deny that they are so.
We do not allow ourselves to hear that inner voice, afraid of the changes we might have to make.Read more ›
Caryl & Jay Casbon
"Circles of Trust" are not easy things to create. Individuals, communities, or congregations looking for ways to work with long-standing problems of isolation, fear, and soul-forgetfulness will find reason for optimism in this writing, but readers looking for "seven easy steps" will not find them here. Parker Palmer is a sharp and witty writer who invites the rest of us into a practice that is messy, countercultural, and deceptively complex. For those willing to take the journey, this book, like the circles of trust it speaks of, offers lessons on the power of trust and acceptance as "soul and role" are reunited.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book that is beautiful at times and very intriguing. I had hoped to use some of Palmer's principles in spiritual explorations of my own, though most of his exercises are so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vince
This book by Parker Palmer has been used by two different study/retreat groups with which I have been involved as the main discussion guide. Read morePublished 3 months ago by reg
The practice of Circles of Trust is truly counter to our culture. I would like to experience such a Circle for myself.Published 4 months ago by Judy Helm
encouraging and useful. I was hoping for some more nuts and bolts idea but it succeeded in giving ideas about where to look for them.Published 5 months ago by John M. Hunt
Have just started reading it, but I love the spirituality of this book.Published 5 months ago by Jeannie Houck
Parker Palmer opened up a new world for me in "A Hidden Wholeness". Eloquently written!Published 5 months ago by Tanya Hielke