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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.
His Quaker beliefs infuse this book, so may be a barrier to the committed atheist. However, an interesting approach to purpose.
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.
"Let Your Life Speak" has a wonderful introduction/opening chapter (see the audio sample above), and I also enjoyed the third chapter on "way closing", a Quaker concept about discerning guidance from one's failures, losses, and limitations...very wise and encouraging advice. However, the rest of the book, particularly the chapter on leadership (which seemed premature for a book about listening for the voice of vocation and quite out of place) left me feeling a bit cold.
As with his other books/audios, Palmer spends a lot of time talking about his life's journey -- his education, his failures, his career choices, his depressions, etc. For the purposes of this book, I wish that he'd let his own life speak a bit less, as his privileged academic background and high-power career history isn't all that easy to relate to for a lot of listeners. Also, just once, I wish he would have made it clear that vocation is not the same thing as occupation or career...a vocation is a calling (literally) which may or may not be how one earns a living. (Or, as another author once said, "Your life's purpose is NOT a job!")
Bottom line, this book is worth the $$/credit for the beginning and third chapter, otherwise it's not quite as helpful as I'd hoped. I also think many people (particularly younger folks and economically "challenged" listeners) will find Palmer's background, problems, and life experiences a bit elite and difficult to relate to at times.
Best quote: "Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."
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.
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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