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"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)
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.
Yes, this is a solid book for examining the way we live and make life's decisions.
His chapter and perspectives on depression were unique and very insightful.
This guy's amazing. He makes you visualize punctuation!
I'm not an extreme person. :/
This book makes you think about your life and it's direction in a wonderful way.
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.
His Quaker beliefs infuse this book, so may be a barrier to the committed atheist. However, an interesting approach to purpose.
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.
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.
The author mixed Truth, opinion, and fiction as absolute Truth. Disappointing that his amazing journey continues to process such high academic nonsense that masquerade as Truth. Great life lessons, poor analysis.
It is short and a quick read or listen but profound in meaning. It is beautifully written and the narrator does this justice. It is full of antidotes, examples and humble thoughts. By the end I wanted to buy a copy for all my nearest and dearest. If you are sick of living life on the surface only - read this book. It is a good guide to going deeper and finding real meaning.
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