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How do you define “growing up?” Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks - a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? With the unabridged audio of Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth - such as how to exorcise the ghosts of your past, when to choose meaning over happiness, how to construct a mature spirituality, and how to seize permission to be who you really are.

©2018 James Hollis (P)2018 Sounds True

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  • Joseph
  • Marysville, Ohio United States
  • 02-17-18

Extraordinary compilation of Dr. Hollis' works

Grateful for yet another of James Hollis' volumes distilling for consumption Jungian conceptions into understandable explanations and practical application. I believe I have read his entire shelf, yet never is there a trace of redundancy. Again, grateful for work of Dr. Hollis.

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Most concise book with excellent philosophy that I read

Don’t get me wrong. I read a ton of philosophy and psychology books. However Dr. Hollis in his wisdom is so refined and well spoken and balanced that he was able to write a very short book. Each chapter has a very unique point and I am so grateful that I bought this book. The narration is fantastic as well. I even bought a paper copy.

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Philosophy and psychology in a perfect mix

This deep and rich book is a wealth of wisdom that guide one on life’s journey. It answered lots of my questions that have followed me through life. This book is a good jumping off point for what’s next.

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Creating a path for the soul

Hollis asks the questions and offers insight in service of enlarging the soul and diminishing the constricting forces of ego. I am indebted to James Hollis for facilitating the opening in me to endeavor to live consciously, encounter my shadows, and seek always to align myself with living meaningfully. Living the Examined Life reads like Hollis's collected wisdom--wisdom that finds resonance in living the big questions--and is best read slowly and pondered deeply.

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old school

If you like biased self criticism then you will love this book. Its a greate topic, in this case it seem written to impress peers and uses a condescending voice.

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  • Maya
  • 02-12-18

Another great James Hollis achievement

Would you listen to Living an Examined Life again? Why?

In his usual style James Hollis writes books that should be read and re-read over time as our understanding expands, there's more and more to take from his writing.
The only downside is not having James Hollis read it as in his other publications.

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  • Chris D
  • 05-24-18

Truly profound.

A truly essential book. Read or listen to one short chapter per day. Each deserves thought and attention and (eventually) revisiting.