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Let Your Life Speak Audiobook

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David San Jose, CA United States 02-21-14
    David San Jose, 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LeVick 11-18-15
    LeVick 11-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Uneven"

    The first three chapters are directly connected to the main subject. The last two, depression and leadership, not that much.

    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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    Janice 09-15-16
    Janice 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "uplifting insights"

    A pleasant listen and content was inspiring. I recommend this book for anyone seeking a fulfilling vocation, a rewarding experience with work and life.

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    Beverley 09-13-16
    Beverley 09-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent for Those Struggling with Vocation Choice"

    Profound thoughts are shared by this writer. You will be writing notes to ensure you capture some of his "one liners". It is very difficult to find a book of this caliber that speaks to you and guides you through darkness into the light of finding your calling. This will be a book you will be listening to portions of again and again. Many thanks to the author and to the speaker (Bill Hybels) that recommended this book.

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    Derek A. Baker 08-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Written for me"

    I was "re-reading" this book, having first done so in my thirties, 15 years ago. It resonates far deeper now with the twists, turns, cul-de-sacs and blown gaskets of life since. In fact, I would venture to say that it won't hold much meaning for those nearer the start of their adult vocations than those of us mid-stream, changing horses. Stefan Rudnicki is a fantastic reader *except* not for a first-person essay of an older WASP. His deep voice, meaningful inflections and slight accent would be ideal for most novels, from thrillers to Tolstoy. It's a bit jarring to hear the words of a middle-aged Quaker read in his voice, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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