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The Great Work of Your Life

A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling
Narrated by: Kevin M. Connolly
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Discover the deep purpose hidden at the very core of your being

To know your true calling - your dharma, as the yogis say - is perhaps the greatest desire within each of us. And yet, few can say we know our purpose with absolute certainty. Fortunately, there is a time-tested guide - an ancient map - for discovering and fulfilling your unique calling. In The Great Work of Your Life, Stephen Cope walks you through each step of the journey.

Cope teaches that the secrets to unlocking the mystery of your dharma can be found in the spiritual classic the Bhagavad Gita - a timeless tale about the path to dharma, told through an instructive dialogue between the fabled archer Arjuna and his divine mentor, Krishna. In The Great Work of Your Life, Cope uses Arjuna's journey as a framework for each of us to discover our own dharma, masterfully weaving together stories of both well-known and ordinary Western lives. Throughout the book, Cope explores the "Four Pillars of Dharma", or the stages we move through as we fulfill our own true callings. Each pillar is illustrated with riveting true stories, including:

  • Jane Goodall's ability to follow her heart without question
  • The little-known tale of Walt Whitman's dharma discovery in the second half of life
  • How living your purpose can be like training for the Olympics in the story of Susan B. Anthony
  • Ludwig van Beethoven's triumphs over childhood abuse, depression, and going deaf
  • Gandhi's transformation from tongue-tied youth to leader of the Indian independence movement
  • Understanding how divine guidance works with the life of Harriet Tubman
  • Additional insights and tales from the lives of both famous luminaries and everyday people

"We feel the happiest and most fulfilled when we bring highly concentrated effort to our true calling", teaches Cope. Moving and inspiring, The Great Work of Your Life is a call to action and step-by-step guide for each of us to discover and embrace our dharma.

©2017 Stephen Cope (P)2017 Sounds True

Critic Reviews

" The Great Work of Your Life is itself a great work. This is a wonderfully passionate book about finding your true calling. The stories within are inspiring and moving. I believe it will be of great benefit to all who read it." (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness)
"Stephen Cope is a national treasure. He is an incredibly rare combination of brilliant spiritual thinker, elegant prose stylist, and empathic, grounded teacher. The dharma stories throughout The Great Work of Your Life are moving and instructive. Keep a pen and paper handy as you read this remarkable book: It's like an owner's manual for the soul." (Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion)

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eye opener

changed my view on life and its meaning. easy to follow and understand. will read again.

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Wonderful!

Very profound, very timely.... A Divine Gift that will aid and bless me in my journey

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Life awakening

This book was incredible. It reveals profound nuggets of truth as it takes you through the stories of human beings great and small that have lived their dharma, their purpose.

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Great book, room for improved pronunciation

This book was fantastic for helping me reflect on what's next and to better understand some of the ideas I've heard introduced in various yoga traditions.

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Just what I needed, at last.

I am almost 12 months into a full blown mid-life crisis. This book brought me peace of mind, at last. Had I read it years ago, I could have avoided much pain and strife. The narrator is incredible and the author teaches great lessons through engaging examples.

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Life changing

This is one of the best I’ve listened to in the self improvement self actualization space. Well paced, interlaced story.

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What a wonderful experience

I loved every second of this book. I’ve been studying yoga, spiritual healing and in and on for 30 years. This is my top 5 book list to find your way. Bravo 👏

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Narration is flawed

The Narrator mispronounces many important words applicable to story. Otherwise book was inspiring and insightful.

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transforming experience

this book has a power to transform! No need to force our willpower. The stories of this book touch something deeper than our personal will. the change happens by itself only by our focused and deep listening.