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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation | [Parker J. Palmer]

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is."
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Publisher's Summary

Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is." Vocation, he writes, comes not from external demands but from listening to the true self, a listening that will always call us into some form of service to others. Though the details of our journey are singular, we draw from it that which is universal. This book is a moving and illuminating guide for anyone who seeks not just a job but a calling and companionship along the way.

©2000 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A quiet but memorable addition to the inspirational field, this book has the quality of a finely worked homily. The writing displays a gentle wisdom and economy of style that leaves the reader curious for more insight into the author's Quaker philosophy." - (Publishers Weekly)

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    Julia Davis Coffey San Antonio, TX 01-30-11
    Julia Davis Coffey San Antonio, TX 01-30-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Deep Wisdom in these pages"

    I've now listened three times. I've learned a remarkable lot about myself in relation to my job and who I am. This is a great book filled with deep insights. If you are dissatisfied about your job and perhaps complaining about the shortcomings of your employer, this book may open up a whole new dimension to what is going on in you. It is one of the most profound spiritual teachings that I have ever had the good fortune to experience. I'm journaling about what I've learned about myself. Palmer guides us to be honest about ourselves in order that we may begin to find freedom from our boogie-men. The narator is great too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RDP 06-04-12
    RDP 06-04-12
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    "More depressing than inspiring..."

    Perhaps because of the tone of the narrator I did not find this story about finding one's vocation especially compelling or helpful.

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    Julee 01-13-15
    Julee 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Should Be Required Reading. For Humans."

    Parker Palmer sheds light onto the shadow in us all which gets a very bad rap in these times. The linking of vocation and self and how it's essential to becoming our true self is quite poetic. Excellent read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great take on a purposeful life"

    His Quaker beliefs infuse this book, so may be a barrier to the committed atheist. However, an interesting approach to purpose.

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    David Payson, UT, United States 09-14-12
    David Payson, UT, United States 09-14-12
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    "A great read/listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a solid book for examining the way we live and make life's decisions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let Your Life Speak?

    His chapter and perspectives on depression were unique and very insightful.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This guy's amazing. He makes you visualize punctuation!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm not an extreme person. :/


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes you think about your life and it's direction in a wonderful way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jide's Mom 06-12-12
    Jide's Mom 06-12-12
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    "Good for young people, not for mid-life or beyond"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was encouraged by some positive reviews and thought it might be interesting to find out what I *really* should be doing after being in the same career for the last 30 years.... This book is more for younger folks just starting out on a career path. If you're later in life, you've heard all this (IMHO) and you might as well learn to make the best of what you have and build on the parts of your current vocation like best.


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    Jon Carl Lewis 07-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wisdom on living life, beating depression"

    Although this is a book about vocation, Palmer makes a connection between depression and trying to be something other than one's true self. His take is much more nuanced than I can present here, and it is well worth a listen.

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    Ginna Mc 06-17-15
    Ginna Mc 06-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Finding and Honoring the True self"

    Book of wonderful insights and food for thought. Easy to listen to. Expect to listen to it many more times to actually absorb the many truths and wisdom shared.

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    Marilyn 03-23-15
    Marilyn 03-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Life changing. Simple. Accessible!"

    This book has helped me recover from burnout! I am a public school teacher who needed to hear every word of this clear,, powerful, gentle text.

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    Lena Warren 02-14-15
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    "Excellent"

    I am amused at how similar Stefan's voice is to Parker Palmer's - not the same, but close enough to make you pause. Great, clear reading with the same humility with which Palmer writes. So much good stuff in the book to think about, too. I think I'm going to listen to it again now.

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